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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.