H.E. Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of Macedonia, speaking with Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President of the Atlantic Council, at the 2018 NATO Summit.
H.E. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of Croatia, speaking at the Atlantic Council with General James Jones, Executive Chairman Emeritus of the Atlantic Council in 2017.
Ambassador Robert Gelbard, former Special Representative of the President and the Secretary of State for the Balkans, with H.E. Ivica Dačić, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, and H.E. Behgjet Pacolli, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
H.E. Ditmir Bushati, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania, speaking at the Atlantic Council in 2017.
H.E. Nikola Dimitrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Macedonia, and H.E. Enver Hoxhaj, Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo together in 2017.
H.E. Srdjan Darmanović, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro, speaking at the Atlantic Council in 2017.
The Atlantic Council’s Balkans Forward Initiative is a unique, coordinated effort to foster a democratic, secure, and prosperous Western Balkans firmly integrated into the transatlantic community. Our work seeks to reinvigorate US engagement in the region, promote more effective US-European leadership, foster dialogue among key actors across the region, and cultivate a new generation of decision-makers and experts.
The Balkans Forward Initiative provides analysis on regional developments, organizes delegations to the region, develops strategy and policy recommendations, and regularly convenes relevant actors and leaders. Most recent examples have included President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of Kosovo Hashim Thaçi, Prime Minister of Macedonia Zoran Zaev, President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini, and former NATO Secretary-General Lord George Robertson.