Montenegro: Why We Must Keep the Door Open

Graham Greene once wrote, “There is always one moment when the door opens and lets the future in.”

Here in beautiful Budva the Adriatic laps gently on the beach below my balcony and then stretches away like a carpet of crushed opal with the sun leaping from shard to shard. I have just spent the past two days at the excellent ‘2BS’ (To Be Secure) conference as a guest of the Atlantic Council of Montenegro along with ministers and leaders from across the Western Balkans. In the wake of NATO’s Chicago summit the most profound of questions has hung in the air: will the Western Balkans be given sanctuary within NATO and eventually the EU before the region slides back into dangerous instability?

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