New border conflicts in the Balkans could foil NATO strategy
A new conflict over border delineation between two small Western Balkans nations complicates Washington’s and Brussels’ efforts to shore up the region militarily and politically. A small-fry bilateral spat is fast becoming a major multilateral problem as Russian and Islamic interests compete for influence on Europe’s southern flank.
Tiny Montenegro may tip strategic balance in the Balkans
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 ...