Let Kosovo be partitioned
It’s wrong to close down the partition option. If this is what the local parties can agree on, let Kosovo be partitioned. The US has... Read More
Kosovo – partition is not the point
Whether Kosova/o has sovereignty remains the only relevant question.
Erdogan and the EU are on a collision course in the Balkans
The Balkans now are Erdogan’s trump card against Europe, especially after he was barred by EU countries from expanding his Islamic agenda and particularly because... Read More
Shape the deal, take the deal, manage the deal
The latest Western proposal on Kosovo could work, but only if the EU this time is willing to do the work required to support an... Read More
Serbia, Turkey, and Russia – alarm bells for Europe
The European Union should warn Serbia that it must weigh its options carefully and undertake the necessary socio-political and economic reforms if it wants to... Read More
A review of the bidding in the Balkans
Save one, conflicts in the region are frozen, EU accession process or not.
Assassination of Serb leader in Kosovo signals gathering political storm
Narrow nationalism has led to changes in population distribution toward more mono-ethnic areas, but each state still has ethnic minorities who live uneasily side-by-side. Kosovo... Read More
Chances are that most local people know who was behind the murder. But silence about what is widely known is a Balkans trait and is... Read More
Kosovo without EULEX?
The latest kerfuffle about ending the Special Chambers – which elicited strong negative reaction from both the EU and US – is just one indication... Read More
Condominium in Kosovo
Is there an alternative to zero sum competition for possession and sovereignty? By David B. Kanin Whether there is any point to dialogues about... Read More
Separatism in Europe – Catalonia and the others
Might we see some revival of some secessionist movements in Europe due to the situation in Catalonia or maybe not so much, and why?
The West should get out of the Kosovo debate
If the so-called peaceniks are genuinely interested in peace, then they must stop expecting the Serbs to put aside their core values and interests and... Read More
Vucic and Dacic are mixing political interests with substantive proposals. So what?
Belgrade-Pristina – a false promise of normalisation
The structural flaws in the foundations of the Brussels Dialogue may deal a painful blow to the aspirations of the European Union as the champion... Read More
Lexical issues and the fading Western project in the Balkans
Diplomatic jargon obstructs understanding of problems to be overcome and construction of the means of overcoming them.
Hacking the future
TransConflict is pleased to present a new project – initiated with the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, Democracy for Development and NGO Aktiv – which aims... Read More
In the Balkans, perhaps it is time for an Ummah
The fraying status quo in the region gives Islamists an opportunity to broaden and deepen their influence.
The Balkan treadmill
The last thing the region needs is more “attention” from the European Union.
Bakir Izetbegovic should make public any new evidence he has relating to his appeal of Serbia’s acquittal regarding the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide. In detail. Now.
The Balkans and the latest twists in Transatlantic decline
Given Brexit and Trump, the relationship between Putin and Merkel increasingly will provide the fulcrum of Balkan – and European – security.
Abdic, Dodik, Djukanovic, Etc…
Whatever happens patronage, not notional civic politics, will remain the bedrock structure of political, economic, and social organization in the Balkans—and not just the Balkans.... Read More
Paying for peace in Presevo
The recent agreement on providing Albanian-language textbooks for schools in southern Serbia suggests that lessons have been learned from previous relations between Serbia’s Albanian minority, Kosovo,... Read More
Refugees in Belgrade and the rise of ‘prickly spaces’
The official response to the refugee crisis across Europe and beyond has been a failure to engage in the hard work of imagining how newcomers,... Read More