Monday 1 February 2010
September 09, 2009
With School Opening, Serbia's Leader Sends Message
Serbia's president traveled this week to Bosnia to preside over the opening of a school in that country's Serbian entity. For many Bosnians, the presence of the Serbian leader was an affront. So was the fact that the school, provocatively named "Serbia," is based in Pale, indicted Bosnian Serb war criminal Radovan Karadzic's former stronghold.
August 13, 2009
Likely New U.S. Diplomat For Eurasia 'Gets Things Done'
The United States will soon have a new deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs. The man who is vacating the post after four years, Matthew Bryza, has announced he will be replaced by Tina Kaidanow, a longtime diplomat with more than 10 years of experience in the Balkans, who most recently served as the first U.S. ambassador to Kosovo.
July 21, 2009
Balkans Among Sweden's Top Foreign Policy Challenges
The Swedish foreign minister, Carl Bildt, briefed the European Parliament's foreign affairs committee on his country's priorities as the current holder of the EU's rotating six-month presidency. Bildt offered a panoramic list of challenges that Sweden faces through the end of its tenure on December 31.
July 15, 2009
EU Opens Borders For Some Western Balkan Travelers
The European Commission has recommended that Schengen countries, most of which are members of the EU, stop requiring visas from short-term visitors from Macedonia, Serbia, and Montenegro as of 2010. While an historic breakthrough for the three ex-Yugoslav states, it's also a disappointment for Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, and Kosovo, where the visa requirement will remain in place.
June 24, 2009
Ex-Kosovo PM Held By Bulgaria On Serbian Warrant
Serbia indicted Prime Minister Agim Ceku, a former top commander of Kosovo Albanian fighters during the 1998-99 war, and some other Kosovo leaders, including current Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, on suspicion of committing crimes against Serbs.
June 19, 2009
In The Balkans, The Headlines Preceded The War
The phones were ringing off the hook with angry Croats accusing Sarajevo state television of being "anti-Croatian television." It was late October 1991 and I was the station's program director. There was a war going on in Croatia and our evening news cast that day included a story about an Orthodox priest who had been beaten up by Croatian forces.
June 18, 2009
Kosovo, Serbia Spar At UN Security Council
Serbia has reiterated its opposition to Kosovo's independence, with Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic telling the UN Security Council that Belgrade will never recognize its former territory as a separate entity. Jeremic also urged the implementation of measures to speed the return to Kosovo of thousands of Serbs displaced by the 1998-99 war.