Whilst the Global Peace Index for 2009 shows that the world has become slightly less peaceful in the past year, each respective country of the Western Balkans has enjoyed a marked improvement compared to 2008.
The failure to extradite Agim Ceku, the former prime minister of Kosovo, represents a further blow to international law and good neighbourly relations in the Western Balkans.
The Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina's failure to implement public spending reductions is jeopardizing the country's stand-by agreement with the IMF.
An agreement on economic co-operation between Serbia and Republika Srpska stands in stark contrast to protectionist measures passed by the parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
A declaration by the Preševo municipal assembly calling for the "unconditional withdrawal" of the Gendarmerie highlights the extent of mistrust and insecurity felt in southern Serbia.
TransConflict's Co-Founders, Mr. Ian Bancroft and Ms. Mirjana Kosic, recently took part in a three-day workshop organized by the Youth Dialogue Programme, in conjunction with the EULEX Mission in Kosovo, entitled, "EULEX and Minority Communities in Kosovo".
Whilst the issue of devolution and decentralisation continues to cause controversy and conjecture throughout the Western Balkans, a new report concludes that regions with more powers and competencies are economically more successful.
The EU insists that Kosovo is a tolerant and multi-ethnic society. So why are its minorities leaving?
The appointment of a US special envoy to the Balkans would only serve to undermine the legitimacy and leverage of the EU.
In spite of largely positive assessments from the ICTY's chief prosecutor, the USA and Amnesty International concerning co-operation with The Hague Tribunal, The Netherlands remains unwilling to soften its stance towards unblocking Serbia's SAA and interim trade agreement with the EU.
The global financial crisis has both magnified and exacerbated the shortcomings of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Two significant political developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina will have important repercussions for the process of constitutional reform and the country's deal with the IMF.
The international community has failed to ensure the safe return of hundreds of thousands of people expelled from their homes.
After an absence of almost three-years, Albanian leaders from southern Serbia have returned to the Co-ordination Body for Preševo, Bujanovac and Medvedja, after an agreement was reached on restructuring the Body's composition and competencies.
Nato's intervention over Kosovo in 1999 was an important precursor to the invasion of Iraq four years later.