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Tue, Dec 10, 2019

Albania’s former foreign minister: EU made “strategic mistake” in delaying accession negotiations

The failure of European Union leaders to greenlight the start of the enlargement process for Albania and North Macedonia in October was “a step backwards” for the region’s path towards European integration, according to former Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

European Union The Balkans

Tue, Dec 3, 2019

NATO is defined by its success—not its tensions

While international headlines have focused on high-profile disputes within the NATO alliance over a litany of issues including defense spending, trade, Syria, and Brexit, transatlantic leaders stressed on December 3 that these disagreements are dwarfed by the continued success of the seventy-year-old alliance.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

NATO Poland

Tue, Dec 3, 2019

NATO Engages transcript: Defense and deterrence for a new era

After an introduction by Dr. Karin Von Hippel, director-general of the Royal United Services Institute, H.E. Andrzej Duda, president of Poland and H.E. Zoran Zaev and prime minister of the Republic of North Macedonia speak on a panel moderated by Stephen Sackur, presenter on BBC Hardtalk

Transcripts by Atlantic Council

NATO Poland

Fri, Nov 22, 2019

Evaluating Macron’s pitch for enlargement reform

French officials hope the proposal can open the door to a real debate over how the European Union adds new members, while also limiting the political blowback for the Western Balkan countries

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Democratic Transitions European Union

Wed, Oct 30, 2019

By blocking enlargement decision, Macron undercuts France’s Balkan goals

By strongly supporting the government of North Macedonia from the start and granting it the opening of negotiations, it would have been possible to create a virtuous circle in the region and kill four birds with one stone. President Macron chose to do exactly the opposite.

New Atlanticist by Loic Tregoures

European Union France

Wed, Oct 9, 2019

Morningstar quoted in 15 Suprasti Akimirksniu on Lithuanian energy sector and development

In the News by Atlantic Council

Energy & Environment Lithuanian

Thu, Oct 3, 2019

A road map for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue

Kosovo foreign service member Muhamet Brajshori calls on Europe and the United States to work together to help facilitate a deal.

New Atlanticist by Muhamet Brajshori

Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding The Balkans

Tue, Sep 17, 2019

Great Power Competition in Southeast Europe

In the past decade, the United States and the European Union (EU) became more ambivalent about our commitments in the Western Balkans. Moscow and Beijing, sensing an opening, have become more determined in their efforts to gain influence and leverage in the region.

New Atlanticist by Damon Wilson

China Russia

Fri, Sep 6, 2019

Vajdich quoted in Foreign Policy on new US special envoy to the Balkans

In the News by Atlantic Council

Politics & Diplomacy The Balkans

Thu, Aug 15, 2019

Carpenter quoted in N1 on Bosnia’s relationship with NATO

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy NATO