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Wed, Dec 9, 2020

North Macedonia on the threshold of Europe

This report outlines the myriad challenges that face North Macedonia as it struggles to chart a path forward on EU accession and calls for Western leaders—especially those in Europe—to consider how they can be more productively and strategically engaged.

Report by Damir Marusic, Dimitar Bechev

Democratic Transitions European Union

Fri, Oct 30, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: Europe

For the past seven decades, Europe has been the United States’ political, economic, and security partner of first resort. Now, as the transatlantic relationship is challenged by internal and external forces, the EU and the United States find themselves at a crossroads in the relationship.

Elections 2020 by Future Europe Initiative

Coronavirus Digital Policy

Wed, Jun 17, 2020

Here’s how a Kosovo-Serbia White House summit could produce progress

We don’t really know what the goal of the talks is. Most assume that anything short of a final status deal would be a failure, but that could be shortsighted: a smaller win may be possible, and could be significant.

New Atlanticist by Damir Marusic

Politics & Diplomacy The Balkans

Damir Marusic is a resident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center. He specifically works on the Council’s #BalkansForward Initiative, a unique, coordinated effort to foster a democratic, secure, and prosperous Western Balkans firmly integrated into the transatlantic community. He is also the executive editor of The American Interest, a multi-platform foreign and domestic policy magazine that seeks “to explain America to the world, and the world to Americans.”

Marusic has written extensively in both media and policy format about US politics, US foreign policy, and European affairs, specifically relating to the Balkans and Russia. He was an author of the Atlantic Council publication “Balkans Forward: A New US Strategy for the Region,” which argued for a greater US presence in and partnership with the Western Balkans.

Marusic was previously a fellow in the World Affairs Journal’s Transatlantic Fellowship Program, where he participated in an exchange to bring together the next generation of leaders from the United States and Europe, and a program and grants associate at the International Youth Foundation.

He received an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in Philosophy also from Johns Hopkins University.