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In the News

Feb 1, 2024

Zeneli quoted by Voice of America on Russian and Chinese influence in the Western Balkans

By Valbona Zeneli

On February 1, Transatlantic Security Initiative nonresident senior fellow Valbona Zeneli was quoted by Voice of America on Russia’s and China’s influence in the Western Balkans. 

China Non-Traditional Threats

New Atlanticist

Jan 22, 2024

Three Seas Initiative leaders on European connectivity and Ukraine’s reconstruction

By Daniel Hojnacki

Central and Eastern European leaders discussed the Initiative's efforts to attract investment, as well as Ukraine's potential membership.

Central Europe Economy & Business

Balkans Debrief

Jan 17, 2024

#BalkansDebrief – What awaits the Balkans in 2024? | A debrief with Damir Kapidzic 

In this episode of #BalkansDebrief, Ilva Tare, Europe Center's Nonresident Senior Fellow, welcomes Damir Kapidžić, Political Scientist and Associate Professor at the University of Sarajevo, and a Weatherhead Visiting Scholar at Harvard. Together, they dissect the critical crossroads facing the region as U.S. and EU elections loom on the horizon.

The Balkans

Balkans Debrief

Jan 8, 2024

#BalkansDebrief – How will the US&EU elections reshape the Western Balkans? | A debrief with Ivan Krastev

Ilva Tare, Nonresident Senior Fellow, speaks with Ivan Krastev, chair of the Center for Liberal Strategies and Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. 

The Balkans

Balkans Debrief

Jan 4, 2024

#BalkansDebrief – Unrest in Serbia after elections: is democracy at risk? | A debrief with Rasa Nedeljkov

Nonresident Senior Fellow Ilva Tare speaks to Rasa Nedeljkov, Program Director of the Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability which has monitored closely the election with particular focus on the capital, Belgrade. 

The Balkans

In the News

Dec 23, 2023

Global China Hub Nonresident Senior Fellow Wawa Wang Featured in The Diplomat

By Wawa Wang

On December 23, GCH Nonresident Senior Fellow Wawa Wang co-authored a piece in The Diplomat on China’s new Free Trade Agreement with Serbia and the security concerns the agreement poses for the region.

China Economy & Business

Issue Brief

Dec 20, 2023

Up for grabs? The Western Balkans’ aging energy systems place it between East and West

By Aleksandar Kovacevic

The Western Balkans' hydropower can help Europe's pursuit of energy security. Failure to act on this potential brings significant costs.

Energy & Environment Europe & Eurasia

Balkans Debrief

Dec 19, 2023

#BalkansDebrief – What’s next for the Balkans after EU enlargement decision? | A debrief with #BalkansForward team

Nonresident Senior Fellow Ilva Tare speaks to Atlantic Council Europe Center's Balkans Forward team: Maja Piscevic, Amb. Cameron Munter, and Valbona Zeneli about the impact the future of EU enlargement process.

The Balkans


Dec 11, 2023

Getting back on track: Unlocking Kosovo’s Euro-Atlantic and development perspective

By Agon Maliqi

Report exploring the path forward for Kosovo’s integration into transatlantic institutions and the geopolitical and economic challenges and opportunities facing the country.

Economy & Business Energy & Environment

Balkans Debrief

Nov 29, 2023

#BalkansDebrief – What’s behind Italy-Albania immigration deal? | A debrief with Natalie Tocci

Nonresident Senior Fellow Ilva Tare speaks to Nathalie Tocci, Director of the Instituto Affari Internazionali in Italy, about the political and social implications of Italy-Albania Immigration deal.

The Balkans