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May 19, 2023
Despite Challenges, Negotiators Optimistic About Next Steps Of Western Balkan Countries Toward EU
Top U.S. negotiators who have been working to de-escalate tensions and implement reforms in the Western Balkans told a U.S. Senate committee on May 18 that they remain optimistic about progress in the region toward EU membership despite "considerable" obstacles.
May 03, 2023
China In Eurasia Briefing: Can China Broker Peace In Ukraine?
Chinese leader Xi Jinping ended his 14-month silence and spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for the first time since Russia poured troops into Ukraine. What does it mean for Beijing's efforts to play peacemaker between Kyiv and Moscow?
April 30, 2023
Dizzying Sounds: Montenegrin Brothers Handcraft Unique Guitars
Montenegrin brothers Ivan and Andrija Pejovic have a passion for making unique handcrafted guitars from their workshop in the town of Cetinje. Made from local cherry, maple, and olive trees, some of the guitars have been bought by a Montenegrin jazz musician living in Germany.
April 26, 2023
Montenegro Pushes Ahead With New Chinese Project Despite Previous Debt Controversy
Montenegro has signed a memorandum of understanding with China to build a new highway connecting the coastal towns of Budva and Tivat. The project is expected to cost around $59 million and is raising familiar concerns after a previous highway project plunged the country deep into debt.
April 11, 2023
U.S. Envoy Urges Firmer Action To Counter Russian, Chinese Disinformation In Western Balkans
Western Balkan countries are vulnerable to Russian and Chinese disinformation, “a big chunk" of which comes out of Serbia, a U.S. diplomat whose job involves exposing and countering foreign propaganda said on April 11 in an interview with RFE/RL.
April 06, 2023
Milatovic Confirmed Victorious In Landslide Montenegrin Election
Official results published on April 6 confirmed a crushing defeat for Montenegro’s longtime leader Milo Djukanovic in last weekend's presidential election, signaling his departure from the small Balkan state’s political scene after more than 30 years in power.
April 03, 2023
Young Economist Wins Montenegro's Presidential Election
Jakov Milatovic, a 36-year-old, Oxford-educated economist, has declared victory in Montenegro's presidential election. Milatovic said on April 2: "Tonight is the night that we have been waiting for more than 30 years" -- referring to the long political career of his rival, incumbent Milo Djukanovic.
April 02, 2023
Montenegrins Elect New President
Candidates in Montenegro's presidential runoff cast their ballots in the capital, Podgorica, on April 2. A veteran of Montenegrin politics since the times of Yugoslavia, the 61-year-old incumbent President Milo Djukanovic faces off against 36-year-old economist Jakov Milatovic.
Interview: The 'War Of Clans For Putin's Throne Has Begun'2
Wagner Chief Prigozhin Says Russia's Plan To 'Demilitarize' Ukraine Has Failed3
A Quick Ukrainian Defeat Of Russia Lessens Chances Of 'Black Swan Event,' Argues Former Military Adviser To Ukraine4
'We're Moving Forward': Ukrainian Artillery Still Targeting Russian Positions Near Bakhmut5
Consider The Porcupine: Western Officials Struggle To Find A New Security Model For Ukraine6
Russian Rights Defender Khamroyev Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison7
Three Russian Regions Attacked By Ukrainian Forces, Governors Say8
Russia Cancels Air Show For The First Time In Decades9
Air Defense: Ukraine Parries As Russia Seeks To Slow Counteroffensive With New Surge Of Attacks10
Date Set For Trial Of Siberian Missile Scientist Charged With High Treason