Are the Bad Old Days Coming Back in the Balkans?

Soldiers belonging to the Kosovo Security Force display equipment at the end of a ceremony marking the formation of an army, Pristina, Kosovo, Dec. 14, 2018 (AP photo by Visar Kryeziu).
Soldiers belonging to the Kosovo Security Force display equipment at the end of a ceremony marking the formation of an army, Pristina, Kosovo, Dec. 14, 2018 (AP photo by Visar Kryeziu).
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On Dec. 14, Kosovo’s parliament took a step that the Serbian government had warned could lead to military intervention: It voted to form an army. Months after Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and his counterpart in Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, shared a stage and discussed ongoing negotiations to bring lasting peace to the Balkans, the region seems to be tipping back to the bad old days. An outbreak of war is very unlikely in the near future, but it is increasingly apparent that Western policy toward the region is losing traction, compounding past missteps and leading to the weakening of the Euro-Atlantic […]

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