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The Best of Balkanist, Year One: Part I

The summer is ending, and Balkanist’s first birthday is fast approaching. I hope to write more about the year that was, about how absolutely…

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First Night in Kyiv

We received the following submission from an anonymous female journalist and are publishing it here in its entirety. There is a scene at the…

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The Class of 2014: Zvonimir

Meet the youth of the Balkans, version 2014. Born in post-Yugoslav era, they’re old enough to remember years everyone wants to forget, yet too…

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Why the Ice Bucket Challenge Makes Me Sick

As one friend recently told me, I often tend to succumb to the all-too-familiar temptation of employing elaborate narratives to conceal spite. For whatever merits…

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Shevardnadze, Revisited

The recent passing of former Georgian leader Eduard Shevardnadze, the man who helped end the Cold War, has offered us an opportunity to reflect on…

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