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Paratrooper carrrying the Serbian flag, Batanjnica, Serbia, Aug. 2, 2008 (photo by Flickr user jetsetwilly licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license).

Despite Foreign Policy Controversies, Serbia’s EU Bid Still on Track

By David Klion
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Recently, Serbia has hosted Kosovo’s foreign minister, given Russian President Vladimir Putin a hero’s welcome and postponed a visit from Albania’s prime minister over a soccer incident. Diplomatic controversies may complicate Serbia’s bid to join the European Union, but are unlikely to derail it. more


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Turkey’s Regime Change Policy for Syria Finds Little Domestic Support

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Turkey recently announced that only Syrian refugees would be allowed to cross the border to fight against the so-called Islamic State in the besieged town of Kobani. In an email interview, Sinan Ülgen, a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, discussed domestic influences on Turkey’s Syria policy. more

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Chad Uses Environmental Rules to Keep Tight Grip on Oil Sector

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Chad is currently in talks with the Chinese National Petroleum Company over oil-extraction licenses that were revoked due to environmental violations. In an email interview, Celeste Hicks, a freelance journalist specializing in Africa, discussed Chad’s oil sector. more