Serbia

Република Србија, Republika Srbija

Central Europe at a Crossroads

Antonia Colibasanu, RealClearWorld

Don't Forget About Bosnia

Sofia Sebastian, Global Public Square

The Carpathian Mountains are a transitional zone where the ideas of West and East interlace. Cultural notions and material goods move through customs points in the mountains, while...(full article)

Western strategists may be overlooking Putin’s ability to undermine both EU and NATO resolve through the Achilles’ heel of southeastern Europe by leveraging economic, p...(full article)

The ongoing instability in the Middle East is understandably drawing much of the United States’ and Europe’s attention. But almost 20 years after the signing of the Dayton Pe...(full article)

With all their military might and diplomatic power, U.S. presidents in the golden age of Pax Americana failed to bring peace to the Holy Land (the only successful deal, the Oslo Ag...(full article)

ifteen years ago this week, I broke a promise I'd given to myself: After being captured and threatened with execution by Kosovar guerrillas the year before, I had sworn to give ...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Why Do the French Think Bob Dylan's Racist? - Matthew Fraser, CNN

In France, a country where racism is a sensitive issue, the controversy surrounding Dylan touches a raw nerve. The French have questioned themselves whether they are racist and xen...

How Bosnia Heals - Roger Cohen, New York Times

It is quiet here in the Bosnian capital. The hills are beautiful now, no longer synonymous with death. Driving up into them is easy, not an endless journey of uncertain outcome acr...

Europe's Mexican Stand-Off - Charles Crawford, The Commentator

A magnificent diplomatic triumph for European diplomacy in general, and for EU High Representative Baroness Ashton in particular! Serbia and Kosovo have (it is said) reached an hi...

Half-Truths of History Hang over Balkans - Draginja Nadazdin, Gazeta

A Bosnian Serb who fled the Balkans as a teenager reflects on how hard it is to face the past in the Balkans, as much for history's winners as losers....

Running Out of Time in the Balkans - World Policy Institute

It will be a hard sell. But it's important for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to squeeze in a visit to the tiny Balkans the week before the U.S. presidential election. Her tr...

Why Serbia Still Can't Condemn Racism - Slobodan Georgiev, Observer

The scenes at the match against England last week shocked the rest of the football world. But the reaction in Serbia lays bare the contradictions at the nation's very heart....

In Defense of the Serbs - Michael Dobbs, Foreign Policy

The off-and-on war crimes trial of Ratko Mladic got underway again this week in The Hague after a month-long summer break. As the prosecution outlines its case, I am planning a se...

Serbia: New President, Old Problems - Morton Abramowitz, National Interest

This week, nationalist Tomislav Nikolic was installed as the new president of Serbia. EU and U.S. officials had hoped for the election of a leader who would ultimately move forward...

Did Serbia Vote for War? - Jeffrey Kuhner, Washington Times

Another war is brewing in the Balkans. Recently, Serbia's voters elected a new president. Ultranationalist Tomislav Nikolic narrowly defeated the liberal, pro-European Union incumb...

Serbia's New Leadership Worries West - Daniel Serwer, National Interest

On his fourth try, Tomislav Nikolic won Serbia's presidential election last week, defeating incumbent Boris Tadic by a narrow margin. Turnout was low. The number of ruined ballots...

Euro Woes Fueling Balkan Problems - Misha Glenny, The Guardian

As the Balkan economies struggle, the temptation for nationalist solutions will grow. Europe must take note....

Why Would Anyone Want to Join the EU? - Alan Sked, Foreign Policy

Following Croatia's vote (albeit on only 44 percent voter turnout) in January to join the European Union, Serbia has now also been accepted as a candidate for membership. This is i...

Nationalism Returns to Serbia - Slavenka Drakulic, Eurozine

A long time ago, in a far away land, a Great Leader told his people, who were as poor as church mice: "We will eat grass rather than give in!" The land was called Albania and it wa...

Long Balkan Endgame Feeds Insecurity - Haroon Siddiqui, Toronto Star

Sixteen years after Serb-initiated ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, the world is still cleaning up the mess. On Wednesday, the UN Security Council extended its peacekeeping force ther...

Balkan Partition a Recipe for Disaster - Abramowitz & Hooper, National Interest

Ted Galen Carpenter keeps pushing his “realism” that would ethnically partition Balkan states, but, not surprisingly, few listen. His latest critique of Mrs. Merkel and ourselv...

Breivik's Balkan Obsession - Eastern Approaches

Seeing himself as a modern-day crusader, Mr Breivik presumably hoped that by murdering so many fellow Norwegians he would provoke a new world war in which the Balkans would be on...

Serbia: From Bad Boy to Star Pupil? - Amanda Paul, Sunday's Zaman

With the capture Mladic and his extradition to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, Serbia is turning a new page in its history and ...

Is Mladic Trial Mere Victors' Justice? - Ramesh Thakur, Japan Times

The old saying about the importance of justice appearing to be done as well as being done is perhaps even more relevant to international than national politics. This is so because ...

Why the EU Should Accept Serbia - Joshua Tucker, The New Republic

Why the European Union can't afford to exclude the Balkan state indefinitely....

The Shame of Serbia - Natasha Kandic, New York Times

Mr. Mladic’s arrest brought relief to the families of victims. It offered the Hague tribunal recognition that it is a successful agent of international justice. And it grant...

International Court Fits Mladic - Timothy Garton Ash, Los Angeles Times

That Ratko Mladic is now sitting in the detention cell of an international tribunal in The Hague is a cause for unqualified celebration. The man directly responsible for the mas...

On the Run, Mladic's World Slowly Shrank - Adam Tanner, Reuters

There are many gaps in the trail of Ratko Mladic. But interviews with the former aide, a Serbian operative working on his arrest, a top government official overseeing the operati...

Moral Leadership Emerging in Balkans - Catherine Ashton, The Guardian

The arrest of Ratko Mladic has created a space for dialogue to replace bloodshed in the Balkans, and the EU will play its part....

How to Prevent Mladic's Trial from Becoming a Sideshow - Vancouver Sun

If he is able to stand trial, then we can help ensure the trial is resolved satisfactorily by applying what we learned in Milosevic's case....

Europe Raising False Membership Hopes - Bronwyn Lo, The Australian

Amid the positive noises welcoming Mladic's arrest, some have evinced caution about Serbia's chances. It is unclear to what extent the EU will want to enlarge its membership, espec...

A Serbian Lesson for the Western World - Christopher Hitchens, Slate

Our failure to respond to the Serbian atrocities prolonged the slaughter....

Mladic Is a War Criminal, But Not Hitler - Ian Buruma, Project Syndicate

NEW YORK – Ratko Mladić is an easy man to hate. In his prime, he not only talked and behaved like a thug, but he also looked like one – the kind of bull-necked, pale...

Justice Finally Caught Up With Ratko Mladic - Mark Vlasic, TNR

A former war crimes prosecution team member reflects on the arrest of the Bosnian Serb general and the devastation he left behind at Srebrenica....

The Best World Photographs of the Week - RealClearWorld

Best world photos for the week of May 22 - 28, 2011....

EU Membership Landed Serb War Criminal - Chris Stephen, Irish Times

THE MAN blamed for slaughter on an epic scale in Bosnia and Croatia in the 1990s was finally netted not by sleuthing but by the EU’s decision that Ratko Mladic be handed over as ...

Making Amends in Serbia - Washington Post

The Balkan nation of Serbia has struck a big blow for justice, greatly advanced its hopes of joining the European Union....

A Victory for the EU - Boston Globe

He may never have been brought to justice if it weren’t for the existence of the European Union....

Mladic's Legacy Haunts Fractured Bosnia - Seyward Darby, The Atlantic

The shadow of Ratko Mladic and the crimes he committed has hung heavy over the Balkans for more than 15 years. I was a child when the Bosnian war broke out -- only nine when Mla...

What Serbia Can Teach Pakistan - Max Fisher, The Atlantic

What lessons does the European Union success in guiding Serbia hold for the failed U.S. efforts to transform Pakistan's nationalist political culture?...

No Milosevic Moment for Libya - Nikolas Gvosdev, The National Interest

The death of Osama bin Laden has driven the Libyan civil war from the headlines, but military operations continue—and the Western alliance must now begin to wrestle with s...

Humanitarian Wars Can Go Very Wrong - Gary Bass, Washington Post

All wars are terrifying gambles, but the wars justified with moral claims of humanitarianism carry a distinctively harrowing set of risks and problems — above all, the challeng...

The Limits of Air Power - Andrew Cockburn, Los Angeles Times

Wars cannot be won with precision bombings alone. NATO's air war against Serbia is often touted as a success, but even that took longer than predicted and the cease-fire terms we...

Making All the Wrong Choices in Kosovo - Gregory Clark, Japan Times

  A recent Council of Europe report says that during and after the 1998-99 Kosovo conflict, militia leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) tortured and killed hundreds of ...

Why the Balkans Still Matter - Michael Young, The National

The war in Bosnia-Herzegovina happened, and it has left psychological consequences that, in many cases, have hardened primary identities....

Belgrade Comes in from the Cold - Almost - Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail

Boris Tadic is stealthily turning around a country that was Europe's most dangerous rogue state just a few years ago....

The Return of Europe's Soccer Hooligans - Brian Phillips, Slate

Serbia's far right updates the sport's tradition of thuggery....

'Curing' Homosexualism in Belgrade - Jamie Kirchick, At Large

When I heard that a Serbian doctor, Mirojlub Petrovic, was opening a clinic in Belgrade to "cure" homosexuality, my ears perked up. I've long been fascinated by scientific resear...

Is Anti-Gay Serbia Ready to Join the EU? - James Kirchick, Foreign Policy

Though Sunday's parade has been overshadowed by the violence, that the event took place was enough for gay activists....

Gay Rights in Serbia - Irish Times

Serbia remains deeply hostile to homosexuality....

The Fight for Justice in Bosnia Goes On - Rob Miller, The Guardian

In northeastern Bosnia, nestled in the Dinaric Alps on the border with Serbia, there lies a small lake. Formed in the 1960s, when the Drina was dammed to build a hydroelectric po...

About Serbia

  • Republic of Serbia
  • Population: 7,379,339 (95th)
  • Area Size: 34,116 sq mi (116th)
  • GDP: $79.77 billion (75th)
  • Currency: Serbian dinar (RSD)
  • Official Language: Serbian
  • Capital City: Belgrade
  • Largest City: Belgrade