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Tue, Jun 15, 2021

Kosovo President Osmani: Today’s challenges require ‘an entirely different governing mindset’

As Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani faces rule of law challenges, high unemployment rates, and a slow vaccine rollout, she’s putting domestic reforms at the top of her priorities—even ahead of the country’s European Union-facilitated dialogue with Serbia.

New Atlanticist by Katherine Walla

Crisis Management Inclusive Growth

Wed, Jun 9, 2021

President Osmani on Kosovo’s domestic reforms, dialogue with Serbia, and relationship with the US

Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani joined the Atlantic Council just before Kosovo and Serbia reengage in bilateral talks, where she outlined her presidential priorities and concerns in the years ahead.

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Corruption Elections

Wed, Apr 28, 2021

Serbian president pursues EU membership, better US ties, and a bigger role in the Balkans

Speaking with the Atlantic Council, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić talked about Serbia's vaccine diplomacy, economic performance, relations with Kosovo, and more.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Fri, Apr 23, 2021

Serbian President Vučić on COVID-19, democracy, and Serbia’s bid to join the EU

Serbia is at an inflection point as it deals with a global pandemic and as it navigates its place in Europe and the Euro-Atlantic community in the future. Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić joined the Atlantic Council to discuss how Serbia fits into a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace.

ACFrontPage by Atlantic Council

European Union Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jan 7, 2021

The EastWest Institute’s Balkan Dialogues initiative to migrate to Atlantic Council

The EastWest Institute today announced that its Balkan Dialogues initiative is migrating to the Future Europe Initiative at the Atlantic Council. The Atlantic Council and its Future Europe Initiative are delighted to integrate this impressive body of work into its ongoing efforts to promote regional cooperation and advance a Euro-Atlantic future for the Western Balkans. […]

Press Release

The Balkans

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

Mon, Nov 23, 2020

Building bridges across the Three Seas

The CESEE countries would be justified by gradually moving away from indiscriminate policy support to better targeted strategic policy resource allocation and growth-enhancing infrastructure projects.

New Atlanticist by Piotr Trabinski, Daniel Palotai, Liviu Voinea, Tsvetan Manchev, and Nils Vaikla

Central Europe Eastern Europe

Thu, Nov 5, 2020

Western Balkans Partnership: Getting a common market from the Sofia Summit

In Sofia on November 10, the Western Balkans Six—Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia—the European Union, and ten European countries belonging to the Berlin Process will set an agenda for the next four years. This report discusses what is likely to emerge and what might need to be done later.

Article by Jim O'Brien

Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia

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

Fri, Oct 30, 2020

Lithuania’s new government: Women-led coalition wins confidence in difficult times

The new government will be particularly well positioned to lead Lithuania through the COVID-19 pandemic, achieve needed domestic reforms, and navigate the delicate situation in neighboring Belarus.

New Atlanticist by Agnia Grigas

Belarus Elections