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nationalist and border disputes are heating up in the Balkans. European
political crises and uncertainty surrounding the policies of U.S. President
Donald Trump have raised the stakes. Three scenarios are possible: the West
could maintain its strong influence in the region; it could pull back, creating
instability and leaving a vacuum for Russia to fill; or borders in the Balkans
will be reshaped once again, potentially violently.
Professor Dr. Blerim Reka
Montenegro is a small country with a big geopolitical impact. It was once in a union with Serbia and was pro-Russian in its foreign policy, but in 2006, after a stormy referendum, it divorced the Serbian ally. Its economic ties with Russia deteriorated after Podgorica began accession negotiations with the European Union in 2012. Two years later, Montenegro made ano...
November 2015 marks two decades since the Dayton Peace Accords set the Western Balkans states on their long and tortuous path to eventual peace. Wars in the region erupted regularly between 1991 and 2001 as part of the post-Cold War disintegration of the former Yugoslav federation. The brutal ethnic clashes were difficult to quell. It took scores of peacekeeping fo...