US and The Balkans

Balkan Blast 4/13/2021: EU refuses to pay Montenegro’s $1bn debt to China. USAID allocates $22m to Serbia. Slovenian President Pahor asks about “peaceful dissolution” of BiH on trip to Sarajevo. EUSR Lajčák remains confident on Kosovo-Serbia deal.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 4/13/2021: EU refuses to pay Montenegro’s $1bn debt to China. USAID allocates $22m to Serbia. Slovenian President Pahor asks about “peaceful dissolution” of BiH on trip to Sarajevo. EUSR Lajčák remains confident on Kosovo-Serbia deal.

We would like to wish all Muslims across the U.S., Balkans, and world a Happy Ramadan! WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY USAID’S ALLOCATES $22M TO SERBIA:  Serbia’s Minister of European Integration Jadranka Jokšimović and Director of the Office of Democratic and Economic Development at USAID […]

4/9/2021: U.S. Secretary of State Blinken writes to Kosovo PM Albin Kurti. Montenegrin minister claims he didn’t deny the Srebrenica Genocide. Sarajevo has a new mayor – Benjamina Karić. Montenegrin PM aims to visit Israel.

4/9/2021: U.S. Secretary of State Blinken writes to Kosovo PM Albin Kurti. Montenegrin minister claims he didn’t deny the Srebrenica Genocide. Sarajevo has a new mayor – Benjamina Karić. Montenegrin PM aims to visit Israel.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BLINKEN WRITES TO KURTI: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken sent a letter of congratulations to Kosovo PM Albin Kurti for forming a government and spoke about U.S. expectations moving forward. Secretary Blinken underscored the U.S. looks “forward to […]

Balkan Blast 4/8/2021: U.S., OSCE, and EU Ambs to BiH meet urge change in electoral law. Germany, Portugal, and Slovenia’s Defense Ministers meet to discuss the Strategic Compass process, EU-NATO cooperation, military mobility, and Mozambique. Croatia’s Interior Ministry denies sexual abuse allegations against Croatian Police.Photo: HARP

Balkan Blast 4/8/2021: U.S., OSCE, and EU Ambs to BiH meet urge change in electoral law. Germany, Portugal, and Slovenia’s Defense Ministers meet to discuss the Strategic Compass process, EU-NATO cooperation, military mobility, and Mozambique. Croatia’s Interior Ministry denies sexual abuse allegations against Croatian Police.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY DIPLOMATS CORNER: Albania – DAS Matthew Palmer’s “virtual visit” to Albania included meeting with Champions of Justice Reform from state institutions, independent justice institutions, media, civil society, and academia. He “reinforced U.S. support for the implementation of justice reform and its […]

Balkan Blast 4/7/2021: DAS Palmer has a “virtual visit” to Albania ahead of elections. Montenegrin Serbs rally for Srebrenica denier. Slovenia’s PM Janša out? Vučić gets Sinopharm vaccine from “Chinese brothers.”

Balkan Blast 4/7/2021: DAS Palmer has a “virtual visit” to Albania ahead of elections. Montenegrin Serbs rally for Srebrenica denier. Slovenia’s PM Janša out? Vučić gets Sinopharm vaccine from “Chinese brothers.”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY PALMER’S VIRTUAL VISIT TO ALBANIA: U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Special Representative to the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer went on a “virtual visit” to Albania today. He spoke with President Ilir Meta, PM Edi Rama, and Democratic […]

Balkan Blast 4/6/2021: U.S. NSA Jake Sullivan speaks with Croatia’s PM Andrej Plenković on Covid, energy diversification, and VWP. New President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani lays out vision for future. Montenegro’s PM looks to oust Srebrenica denying minister. Sarajevo marks beginning of nearly four year siege.Photo: Time Out

Balkan Blast 4/6/2021: U.S. NSA Jake Sullivan speaks with Croatia’s PM Andrej Plenković on Covid, energy diversification, and VWP. New President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani lays out vision for future. Montenegro’s PM looks to oust Srebrenica denying minister. Sarajevo marks beginning of nearly four year siege.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY SULLIVAN + PLENKOVIĆ: U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke with Croatian PM Andrej Plenković yesterday about COVID-19, energy diversification, and the Western Balkans. The White House wrote in a press statement, “Mr. Sullivan expressed the Biden Administration’s appreciation for […]

Balkan Blast 4/5/2021: Kosovo elects Vjosa Osmani as president. Sec. Blinken calls for constitutional change in BiH. Macron urges Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue to continue. Slovenia’s Janša facing impeachment.Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 4/5/2021: Kosovo elects Vjosa Osmani as president. Sec. Blinken calls for constitutional change in BiH. Macron urges Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue to continue. Slovenia’s Janša facing impeachment.

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter to those who celebrated the holiday yesterday.  WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KOSOVO’S NEW PRESIDENT: Vjosa Osmani was elected President of Kosovo after the third round of voting on Sunday with a total of 71 […]

Balkan Blast 4/1/2021: Sen. Cardin weighs in on Srebrenica Genocide denial. Serbia’s Vučić appears on CNN about Covid vaccine distribution. Kosovo FM hopes to reinvigorate diplomatic corps.

Balkan Blast 4/1/2021: Sen. Cardin weighs in on Srebrenica Genocide denial. Serbia’s Vučić appears on CNN about Covid vaccine distribution. Kosovo FM hopes to reinvigorate diplomatic corps.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY SEN. CARDIN WEIGHS IN ON SREBRENICA: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) told Voice of America that he was “disturbed” about the reports of Montenegro’s Justice Minister Vladimir Leposavić was willing to recognize the Srebrenica Genocide “when it is established unequivocally.” […]

Balkan Blast 3/31/2021: How did the region fare in the State Dept.’s DRL Human Rights Report? Coming soon – Kosovo’s next president? Montenegrin Justice Minister says he’s not a genocide denier. Italian FM in BiH, Czech FM in Serbia.Photo: AP

Balkan Blast 3/31/2021: How did the region fare in the State Dept.’s DRL Human Rights Report? Coming soon – Kosovo’s next president? Montenegrin Justice Minister says he’s not a genocide denier. Italian FM in BiH, Czech FM in Serbia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY STATE DEPARTMENT DRL REPORT: The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) released its 2020 Human Rights Report. Here are “significant human rights issues” outlined in the report for the region. Albania – “problems with […]

Balkan Blast 3/30/2021: Montenegrin gov’t responds to genocide denial. Italian FM visits Montenegro. N. Macedonia’s leaders postpone census five months. Serb List appeals to Kosovo’s Const. Court over number of ministers.

Balkan Blast 3/30/2021: Montenegrin gov’t responds to genocide denial. Italian FM visits Montenegro. N. Macedonia’s leaders postpone census five months. Serb List appeals to Kosovo’s Const. Court over number of ministers.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY MONTENEGRIN GOV’T RESPONDS TO GENOCIDE DENIAL: The Government of Montenegro on Monday said it accepted the Montenegrin Parliament decision in 2019 to accept the European Parliament resolution that condemned the Srebrenica Genocide. This happened after Montenegrin Justice Minister Vladimir Leposavić […]

Balkan Blast 3/29/2021: Serbia’s leaders react to European Parliament report. Slovenia’s PM Janša storms out of virtual meeting on press freedom. Montenegrin minister slammed for Srebrenica Genocide denial.exploringmacedonia.com

Balkan Blast 3/29/2021: Serbia’s leaders react to European Parliament report. Slovenia’s PM Janša storms out of virtual meeting on press freedom. Montenegrin minister slammed for Srebrenica Genocide denial.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY ASSESSING SLOVENIAN MEDIA IN EUROPE: The Democracy, Rule of law and Fundamental rights Monitoring Group (DRFMG) in the European Parliament invited Slovenian PM Janez Janša and Culture Minister Vasko Simoniti to speak on Friday, but the session ended abruptly when Janša attempted […]