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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

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

EU greenlights North Macedonia and Albania membership talks: Breakthrough or symbolic gesture?

"The decision by the EU foreign ministers to open accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania comes at a time when Europe is battling a major public health crisis and is bracing for its economic aftershocks," Dimitar Bechev says. "Keeping enlargement alive speaks volumes about the union’s ability to muddle through."

New Atlanticist by Jörn Fleck

Democratic Transitions European Union

Mon, Feb 10, 2020

Will the Commission’s new EU proposal revive Western Balkans enlargement?

“For a region whose politics, both domestic and foreign, have been shaped by the promise of EU membership in almost every way since the 1990s, the coming months and years will prove trying," Damir Marusic says.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Democratic Transitions European Union

Damir Marusic is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative. 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.