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Balkan Blast 3/10/2020: Slovenia’s Jansa Nominates Cabinet. Macedonian-American Caucus Adds Sen. Braun (R, IN). Coronavirus Update. Vasfije Krasniqi Goodman Addresses Kosovo Parliament on Stigmatization of Wartime Rape Survivors.Photo: Visit Ljubljana

Balkan Blast 3/10/2020: Slovenia’s Jansa Nominates Cabinet. Macedonian-American Caucus Adds Sen. Braun (R, IN). Coronavirus Update. Vasfije Krasniqi Goodman Addresses Kosovo Parliament on Stigmatization of Wartime Rape Survivors.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY JANSA NOMINATED GOV’T: Incoming Slovenian PM Janez Jansa has nominated a 16 member cabinet. His SDS Party will have seven seats. MP Anze Logar has been picked for Foreign Minister and MP Andrej Sircelj has been picked for Finance Minister. MACEDONIAN-AMERICAN CAUCUS: Senator Mike Braun (R, IN) becomes […]

Balkan Blast 3/5/2020: N. Macedonia, Montenegro Leaders Meet With Assistant Sec. of State Phil Reeker. Kosovo Ambassador to the U.S. Recalled. NATO Secretary General in Zagreb to Attend EU Defense Ministers Meeting.Photo: AP

Balkan Blast 3/5/2020: N. Macedonia, Montenegro Leaders Meet With Assistant Sec. of State Phil Reeker. Kosovo Ambassador to the U.S. Recalled. NATO Secretary General in Zagreb to Attend EU Defense Ministers Meeting.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY DISMISSED:New Kosovo’s foreign minister, Glauk Konjufca, has called for the dismissal of seven ambassadors including the ambassador to the U.S., Vlora Citaku. Other ambassadors set to be dismissed include Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Hungary, France, Montenegro and Switzerland. Ambassador Citaku yesterday […]

Balkan Blast 3/3/2020: Kosovo’s Thaci and Serbia’s Vucic Meet at The White House. Kosovo Debates 100% Tariffs on Serbian Goods. Croatian FM Visits N. Macedonia and Albania.

Balkan Blast 3/3/2020: Kosovo’s Thaci and Serbia’s Vucic Meet at The White House. Kosovo Debates 100% Tariffs on Serbian Goods. Croatian FM Visits N. Macedonia and Albania.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY VUCIC AND THACI MEET AT THE WHITE HOUSE: Kosovo’s president, Hashim Thaci, and Serbia’s president, Aleksandar Vucic, yesterday met at the White House with Presidential Special Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Richard Grenell and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien […]

Balkan Blast 3/2/2020: Balkan Insider Exclusive With Serbian Pres. Aleksandar Vucic. Likely New Slovenian PM has Ambitious Plans. Pres. Djukanovic Fights Agains the Church.

Balkan Blast 3/2/2020: Balkan Insider Exclusive With Serbian Pres. Aleksandar Vucic. Likely New Slovenian PM has Ambitious Plans. Pres. Djukanovic Fights Agains the Church.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY HAPPY STATEHOOD DAY: Bosnia and Herzegovina yesterday celebrated independence day! EXCLUSIVE WITH SERBIA’S PRESIDENT ALEKSANDAR VUCIC: Balkan Insider and Jewish Insider Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on the sidelines of the 2020 AIPAC Conference in Washington, DC. Vucic covered his […]

Exclusive: Milanovic’s Comeback is Good News for Stability in the Balkans

Exclusive: Milanovic’s Comeback is Good News for Stability in the Balkans

Milanovic’s Comeback is Good News for Stability in the Balkans by Natko Vlahovic, Vlahovic Group LLC An experienced politician, new President of Croatia Zoran Milanovic will play an important role in the Balkans politics by promoting and strengthening Euro Atlantic priorities, such as EU and NATO integration. In his […]

Balkan Blast 2/26/2020: U.S. Ambassadors to the Balkans Descend on DC. Kosovo President Meets With Think Tanks in DC. U.S., EU Respond to Serbia’s Pantsir Acquisition. Coronavirus Hits the Region.

Balkan Blast 2/26/2020: U.S. Ambassadors to the Balkans Descend on DC. Kosovo President Meets With Think Tanks in DC. U.S., EU Respond to Serbia’s Pantsir Acquisition. Coronavirus Hits the Region.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S. AMBASSADORS FROM THE REGION VISIT D.C.: U.S. Ambassadors to the region descended on Washington D.C. U.S. Ambassador to Albania Yuri Kim wrote on Twitter, “In Washington coordinating ways to strengthen Friends & Allies, use US power to achieve solutions […]

Balkan Blast 2/25/2020: Republika Srpska Renews Lobbying Effort in Washington, DC. More Russian Weapons Delivered to Serbia. Roundup of the EBRD Summit in London, W. Balkans Summit in Thessaloniki. Russia’s Lavrov to be in Belgrade on March 24.

Balkan Blast 2/25/2020: Republika Srpska Renews Lobbying Effort in Washington, DC. More Russian Weapons Delivered to Serbia. Roundup of the EBRD Summit in London, W. Balkans Summit in Thessaloniki. Russia’s Lavrov to be in Belgrade on March 24.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S. AIR FORCE IN BiH: “Airmen from U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa conducted a force development program to enhance relations and share ideas of building better air forces with the Bosnia and Herzegovina air force […]

Balkan Blast 2/20/2020: U.S. Envoy Grenell Named New Director of National Security. Last Move?Denies Kosovo-Serbia Land Swap on Table. The USAID and the EBRD to Fund Project Connecting BiH to the Gas Grid of Croatia. BiH Presidency Meets Amid “Crisis.”

Balkan Blast 2/20/2020: U.S. Envoy Grenell Named New Director of National Security. Last Move?Denies Kosovo-Serbia Land Swap on Table. The USAID and the EBRD to Fund Project Connecting BiH to the Gas Grid of Croatia. BiH Presidency Meets Amid “Crisis.”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY GRENELL NEW ACTING DIR. OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE: U.S. President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that Ambassador to Germany and Special Presidential Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue, Richard Grenell, is now the Acting Director of National Intelligence. Trump wrote, “I […]

Balkan Blast 2/19/2020: State Dept.’s Palmer: Up to (Kosovo and Serbia) to establish parameters of the dialogue. New Croatian President, Zoran Milanovic, Inaugurated. BiH Presidency Members to Meet Today Amid Crisis.Photo: Emir Alomerovic

Balkan Blast 2/19/2020: State Dept.’s Palmer: Up to (Kosovo and Serbia) to establish parameters of the dialogue. New Croatian President, Zoran Milanovic, Inaugurated. BiH Presidency Members to Meet Today Amid Crisis.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY PALMER ON KOS-SRB DIALOGUE: U.S. State Department Special Envoy to the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer told EUObserver, “It’s up to the parties to establish the parameters of the dialogue,” and added, “What we support is the parties finding a […]

Balkan Blast 2/18/2020: Oregon’s National Guard is Preparing to Deploy to Kosovo. Montenegro’s Djukanovic Meets With von der Leyen in Brussels. Serbia’s Defense Minister Welcomes Russian Counterpart to Belgrade, Eyes Tank Biathlon Event in Russia.Photo: Twitter/Ursula von der Leyen

Balkan Blast 2/18/2020: Oregon’s National Guard is Preparing to Deploy to Kosovo. Montenegro’s Djukanovic Meets With von der Leyen in Brussels. Serbia’s Defense Minister Welcomes Russian Counterpart to Belgrade, Eyes Tank Biathlon Event in Russia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY GRENELL & KURTI?: Kosovo PM Albin Kurti didn’t elaborate on why he didn’t meet the U.S. Presidential Envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Richard Grenell at the Munich Security Conference. He did note, “I never had so many meetings with international […]