#BalkansDebrief

#BalkansDebrief

#BalkansDebrief is an online talk show hosted by journalist Ilva Tare and presented by the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center. It offers a fresh look at the region, its people, its culture, and its challenges and opportunities.

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  • How will the US&EU elections reshape the Western Balkans?

    HOW WILL THE US&EU ELECTIONS RESHAPE THE WESTERN BALKANS? | A DEBRIEF WITH IVAN KRASTEV - As 2024 dawns, the Balkans cling to a fragile dream: EU membership. But the region and the Union itself are beset by internal tremors. From simmering protests in Serbia to looming threats and economic storms...

  • Unrest in Serbia after elections: is democracy at risk?

    Serbia witnessed a tumultuous end to 2023, with protests erupting in Belgrade following the December 17th elections. Thousands demand the annulment, alleging President Vučić's Progressive Party fabricated results through cross-border voting. Despite claiming a "cleanest and most honest" victory, ...

  • A view from the European Parliament on Kosovo-Serbia crisis

    A DEBRIEF WITH VIOLA VON CRAMON - The European Parliament's (EP) resolution condemning Serbia's actions in northern Kosovo marks a significant development in the ongoing crisis between the two countries. The resolution calls for a freeze on funding for the Serbian government if it is found to hav...

  • What is the future of normalization process between Kosovo and Serbia?

    A Debrief with Alicia Kearns - The recent murder of a Kosovar Albanian police officer by dozens of Serbian gunmen in the north of Kosovo is a reminder of the increasing security concerns between the two nations and the region at large. Given that the EU-led Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue for comprehe...

  • Civil society's role in Western Balkans EU accession

    A DEBRIEF WITH ANDI DOBRUSHI - The war in Ukraine has renewed interest in EU enlargement in Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans. The Berlin Process, which has been working to revitalize ties between Western Balkan candidate countries and the EU for the last 10 years, is now seeing its efforts ...

  • How to integrate Serbs in Northern Kosovo?

    HOW TO INTEGRATE SERBS IN NORTHERN KOSOVO? A DEBRIEF WITH SHPETIM GASHI AND MILICA ANDRIC RAKIC - How to integrate Serbs in Northern Kosovo? A debrief with Shpetim Gashi and Milica Andric Rakic

    As the EU-facilitated dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina in Brussels faces a critical juncture, th...

  • Will North Macedonia change its constitution?

    WILL NORTH MACEDONIA CHANGE ITS CONSTITUTION? A debrief with H.E. Bojan Maricikj - Ahead of a crucial vote to amend its constitution, Skopje’s political landscape remains sharply divided. The current government strongly supports the changes, which will add language in recognition of the country's...

  • Anti-Roma Sentiment in the Western Balkans

    BALKANS DEBRIEF — The Roma are Europe’s largest ethnic minority, an estimated 10 to 12 million people, of whom over two thirds live in Central and Eastern Europe according to the World Bank. Despite their many contributions to European society, Roma communities continue to face extreme social, ec...

  • Benefits of regional economic integration in the Balkans

    BENEFITS OF REGIONAL ECONOMIC INTEGRATION | A DEBRIEF WITH STEFAN LAZAREVIC AND ENIO JACO - Home to 18 million people in the heart of Europe, the Western Balkans have enormous potential to catalyze economic growth through greater market openness. Ongoing regional cooperation efforts aim to addres...

  • Will Montenegro form a new government?

    WILL MONTENEGRO FORM A NEW GOVERNMENT? A DEBRIEF WITH PETAR POPOVIC - Following snap parliamentary elections on June 11th, Montenegro finds itself in a new phase of political uncertainty. The Europe Now Movement (PES) won a plurality of the vote but failed to secure enough seats to form a governm...

  • Will Kosovo and Serbia make the necessary concessions for normalization?

    WILL KOSOVO AND SERBIA MAKE THE NECESSARY CONCESSIONS FOR NORMALIZATION? A DEBRIEF WITH SEN. CHRIS MURPHY - After the recent escalation of tensions in northern Kosovo, Senator Chris Murphy played a crucial role in urging for de-escalation between Kosovo and Serbia. Thanks to broad bipartisan supp...

  • What’s behind the escalation in Kosovo?

    WHAT’S BEHIND THE ESCALATION IN KOSOVO? A DEBRIEF WITH JOVANA RADOSAVLJEVIC AND AGON MALIQI - Violent protests in the north of Kosovo have escalated the situation, leaving 50 KFOR troops wounded when newly elected Albanian mayors entered the municipality buildings in areas with a Serbian majority...

  • What challenges face ASM?

    WHAT CHALLENGES FACE ASM? | A DEBRIEF WITH MIODRAG MARINKOVIC AND NAIM RASHITI - For the first time since the beginning of the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, discussions in Brussels are currently underway as Belgrade and Pristina negotiate the content of draft statute which will create the l...

  • Exploring Kosovo-Serbia Agreement Challenges

    A DEBRIEF WITH JOVANA RADOSAVLJEVIC AND VISAR YMERI - Mediated by the European Union and supported by the United States, the Ohrid summit between Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić is a historic opportunity to resolve a long-standing dispute between Serbia an...

  • Is a deal on normalization between Kosovo & Serbia possible?

    A DEBRIEF WITH MIROSLAV LAJČÁK - On February 27th, Serbia and Kosovo agreed that no further discussion are needed on the EU proposal for normalization of relations, which could potentially pave the way for the resolution of an unfinished conflict. The agreement was a step forward in normalizing...

  • What is the future for Kosovo Serbs in the north?

    A DEBRIEF WITH TATJANA LAZAREVIC - In the wake of vigorous shuttle diplomacy meant to jumpstart the adoption of an EU-designed proposal to normalize relations between Serbia and Kosovo, the United States is pushing Prishtina to fulfill its prior commitment to create the Association of ethnic Serb...

  • How can Bulgaria and North Macedonia overcome their differences?

    A DEBRIEF WITH PETAR TODOROV - North Macedonia’s accession to the European Union has been delayed in the last two years due to disagreements with Bulgaria. The dispute centers around the identity of the Slavs in Macedonia and whether there is a distinctly Macedonian ethnicity and language.

    Nonre...

  • How can investment drive regional prosperity?

    DEBRIEF WITH DIANA GLIGORIJEVIC AND MERGIM CAHANI - Even though the situation between Serbia and Kosovo is more tense than in recent memory, with the war in Ukraine as a backdrop, the broader situation in the region remains unchanged. As EU enlargement remains stalled, the best prospect for impro...

  • Will relations between Kosovo and Serbia normalize?

    A DEBRIEF WITH TIM JUDAH - Another end-of-year flare-up in the north of Kosovo was just the latest in a cycle of crisis that repeats itself every time a deadline for normalization is approaching or a new agreement is about to take effect between Kosovo and Serbia.

    Nonresident Senior Fellow Ilva...

  • Will the regional crises turn into opportunities?

    A DEBRIEF WITH MAJA PISCEVIC AND DAMIR MARUSIC - Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has largely defined the year with the crises across the Western Balkans shaping against this grim backdrop. Even though the year-end leaves the region in an uncertain place, with tensions between Serbia and Kosovo at an...

  • Why should the EU speed up the integration process in the Western Balkans?

    A DEBRIEF WITH PAUL TAYLOR - The recent EU-Western Balkans summit in Tirana, Albania, was seen as a step in the right direction for reinvigorating the EU enlargement process. Is there a new political will for enlargement among the EU member states? How did the new geopolitical momentum following ...

  • What challenges do the Western Balkans face after the Berlin Process?

    A DEBRIEF WITH MILAN NIČ - With the Berlin Process summit in sight, the first headlines coming from Germany indicate that Berlin will deliver agreements signed by all six Western Balkans countries. Will these new regional dynamics produce long-term meaningful changes?

    Nonresident Senior Fellow ...

  • What is the problem with democracies representing people’s interests?

    A DEBRIEF WITH LEA YPI - The quest for freedom has long been the interest of political scholars and philosophers. Yet an 11-year-old girl in Albania began debating the issue with her parents while the streets of Tirana erupted with protests demanding freedom. That girl is Lea Ypi, a political the...

  • What will the Berlin process bring to the Western Balkans?

    A DEBRIEF WITH MANUEL SARRAZIN - When German Chancellor Olaf Scholz broke the news of a Berlin Process 2.0, the Western Balkans’ hopes for a revival of European enlargement were revived. The Common Regional Market and the ‘four freedoms’ are at the heart of Berlin process, but previous negotiatio...