Tag: NATO

The Week in Fear and Demagoguery

Nationalism and militarism: on the rise across the region again.  Paranoia reigns in the Balkans. Relations between Belgrade and Prishtina have completely broken down now. Kosovo’s parliament passed a resolution suspending all dialogue with Serbia until former Kosovar Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, wanted by Serbia on war crimes charges, is…

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An Interview with Russian State Duma Member Ilya Ponomarev

Tim Callahan interviews Ilya Ponomarev, a leading opposition figure in the Russian State Duma currently living in exile. Their conversation touches on everything from Russia’s relationship with Ukraine to the future of Russia’s leadership post-Putin.    You mentioned you are working with the Russian diaspora and emphasize the importance of a “start-up…

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Serbia, Steven Seagal and the S-300 Missile Defense System

Welcome to Serbia at its weirdest. Russia’s deputy prime minister enjoys taunting the United States and its NATO allies by tweeting pictures of nuclear submarines, strategic bombers and Soyuz-2 rockets. And on Monday, Dmitry Rogozin was in Belgrade to promote these very things: the output of his country’s military-industrial complex.…

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Meet My Dictator

Meet Milo Djukanovic, the man who has ruled Montenegro for 26 years — the longest-reigning non-royal leader in Europe — whose regime continues to benefit from the European Union’s indifference.  Montenegro is a mafia state. This really would be the most accurate way to describe my homeland’s predicament in a single sentence,…

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Iohannis Superstar: Great Expectations in Bucharest

Sunday’s election of Klaus Iohannis as the new president of Romania has elicited something akin to euphoria across Europe. Commentators from inside and outside of the country believe the outcome signals that voters are eager to embrace the west and leave the corruption-tainted past behind. I’m among them. But the…

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