Muslim World and The Balkans

Balkan Blast 9/30/2020: State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism meets with Slovenian gov’t officials. US Amb to Croatia urges purchase of American F-16s. FM Osmani meets with Comm. Varhelyi. BiH Presidency travels to Brussels today.

Balkan Blast 9/30/2020: State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism meets with Slovenian gov’t officials. US Amb to Croatia urges purchase of American F-16s. FM Osmani meets with Comm. Varhelyi. BiH Presidency travels to Brussels today.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KOHORST URGES CROATIA ON FIGHTER JETS: U.S. Ambassador to Croatia Robert Kohorst encouraged Croatia to purchase American made F-16 fighter jets. The U.S. is competing with bids from Sweden, France, and Italy. COORDINATOR FOR CT IN SLOVENIA: State Department’s […]

Balkan Blast 9/11/2020: Latest on the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. DAS Palmer in BiH. Montenegro’s government formation.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY On this day, we would like to remember those who passed away during the September 11th attacks against the United States in 2001. CORONAVIRUS by the numbers: BiH: 22,544 confirmed cases,15,273 recovered, 680 deaths. CROATIA: 12,917 confirmed cases, 10,142 recovered, 208 deaths. KOSOVO: 14,446 confirmed cases, 11,033 […]

Balkan Blast 9/7/2020: Everything you need to know about the Kosovo-Serbia White House agreements, talks in Brussels. Around 50,000 Montenegrins protest new government in Podgorica. Austrian Chancellor Kurz on visit to Ljubljana today. Lavrov, possibly Putin to visit Croatia.

Balkan Blast 9/7/2020: Everything you need to know about the Kosovo-Serbia White House agreements, talks in Brussels. Around 50,000 Montenegrins protest new government in Podgorica. Austrian Chancellor Kurz on visit to Ljubljana today. Lavrov, possibly Putin to visit Croatia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS by the numbers: BiH: 21,439 confirmed cases, 14,636 recovered, 651 deaths. CROATIA: 11,964 confirmed cases, 9,008 recovered, 198 deaths. KOSOVO: 14,119 confirmed cases, 10,546 recovered, 563 deaths. MONTENEGRO: 5,533 confirmed cases, 108 deaths. N. MACEDONIA: 15,090 confirmed cases, 617 deaths. SERBIA: 31,905 confirmed cases, […]

Balkan Blast 9/4/2020:.Pres. Vucic claims Serbia pressured to recognize Kosovo at a meeting with NSA Robert O’Brien, special envoy Richard Grenell, PM Hoti, & others. Grenell denies assertion.  U.S. Amb. to Croatia hands draft of Double Taxation Treaty to Dep. PM & Fin. Min. Zdravko Maric. ‎

Balkan Blast 9/4/2020:.Pres. Vucic claims Serbia pressured to recognize Kosovo at a meeting with NSA Robert O’Brien, special envoy Richard Grenell, PM Hoti, & others. Grenell denies assertion. U.S. Amb. to Croatia hands draft of Double Taxation Treaty to Dep. PM & Fin. Min. Zdravko Maric. ‎

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS by the numbers: BiH: 20,804 confirmed cases, 14,120 recovered, 635 deaths. CROATIA: 11,094 confirmed cases, 8,266 recovered, 194 deaths. KOSOVO: 12,683 confirmed cases, 8,788 recovered, 488 deaths. N. MACEDONIA: 14,762 confirmed cases, 606 deaths. MONTENEGRO: 5,165 confirmed cases, 104 deaths. SERBIA: 31,676 confirmed cases, 545 hospitalized, 718 deaths. […]

Balkan Blast 9/2/2020: Djukanovic concedes defeat for DPS in parliamentary elections. N. Macedonia busts terrorist cell of ISIS returnees. Serbia’s Vucic speaks to Russian Amb. on Putin’s visit.Photo: EPA / Valdrin Xhemaj

Balkan Blast 9/2/2020: Djukanovic concedes defeat for DPS in parliamentary elections. N. Macedonia busts terrorist cell of ISIS returnees. Serbia’s Vucic speaks to Russian Amb. on Putin’s visit.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS by the numbers: BiH: 20,234 confirmed cases, 13,435 recovered, 620 deaths. CROATIA: 10,414 confirmed cases, 7,735 recovered, 187 deaths. KOSOVO: 12,683 confirmed cases, 8,788 recovered, 488 deaths. N. MACEDONIA: 14,455 confirmed cases, 604 deaths. MONTENEGRO: 4,835 confirmed cases, 100 deaths. SERBIA: 31,482 confirmed cases, 579 hospitalized, 715 deaths. SLOVENIA: 2,924 confirmed cases, […]

Balkan Blast 6/16/2020: Trump’s Special Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Richard Grenell to host leaders in Washington DC on June 27.   The EU’s Special Envoy to the Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak arrives in Kosovo today.  Russia’s Vladimir Putin to visit Serbia in October.

Balkan Blast 6/16/2020: Trump’s Special Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Richard Grenell to host leaders in Washington DC on June 27. The EU’s Special Envoy to the Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak arrives in Kosovo today. Russia’s Vladimir Putin to visit Serbia in October.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY After being internet-less for the past few days, I’m glad to get you all caught up from the weekend and yesterday. There’s some big news you don’t want to miss coming from the region! CORONAVIRUS by the numbers: BiH: […]

Balkan Blast 6/9/2020: Kosovo lifts reciprocity tariffs, aims to get back to the dialogue. Serbia and China to work together on space technology.  NATO2030 announced! Russian FM Lavrov to visit Serbia ahead of elections, Vucic in Moscow for Victory Day Parade.

Balkan Blast 6/9/2020: Kosovo lifts reciprocity tariffs, aims to get back to the dialogue. Serbia and China to work together on space technology. NATO2030 announced! Russian FM Lavrov to visit Serbia ahead of elections, Vucic in Moscow for Victory Day Parade.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS BiH –  A Boeing 747 packed with medical equipment donated from the wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, mistakenly landed in Sarajevo over the weekend. Bosnia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained the gaffe. Children from China […]

Balkan Blast 6/3/2020: Kosovo MPs expected to vote on new gov’t today.  Serbia’s Vucic discusses U.S. sanctions with Iran’s president. Croatian MEP Tonino Picula announced as EC Rapporteur for the United States.

Balkan Blast 6/3/2020: Kosovo MPs expected to vote on new gov’t today. Serbia’s Vucic discusses U.S. sanctions with Iran’s president. Croatian MEP Tonino Picula announced as EC Rapporteur for the United States.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS BiH – Bosnia and Herzegovina agreed to distribute an IMF loan worth $373 million after six weeks of political maneuvering. By the numbers: 2,535 confirmed cases,  1,910 recovered, 157 deaths. CORONAVIRUS – CROATIA: By the numbers: 2,246 confirmed cases, 2,088 recovered, 103 deaths. CORONAVIRUS – […]

Nice view of the town of Perast, Montenegro and bay

Balkan Blast 5/28/2020: Special Envoy to the W. Balkans Matthew Palmer discusses regional issues with Voice of America. U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committeecalls for Serbia to exclude war criminals in elections. Serbia’s Vucic to attend Russia’s Victory Day parade in June.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY ICMYI: Balkan Insider held a webinar with U.S. Army Lt. Col. C. Darren Evans (ret.) who served as Defense Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Montenegro (2013-2015) and U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Capello who served as a […]

Balkan Blast 5/26/2020:Richard Grenell stays on as Trump’s Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. French and German FMs weigh in on the Dialogue. Croatia’s PM tours the Peljesac Bridge construction site. Tuzla Gate Shelling commemorated.

Balkan Blast 5/26/2020:Richard Grenell stays on as Trump’s Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. French and German FMs weigh in on the Dialogue. Croatia’s PM tours the Peljesac Bridge construction site. Tuzla Gate Shelling commemorated.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY JOIN US TODAY at 1:00PM EST/7:00PM CET for the Balkan Insider webinar, Defense Perspectives from the Balkans, featuring U.S. Army Lt. Col. C. Darren Evans (ret.) and U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Capello (ret.) on NATO, foreign influence in the region, and what is like […]