NATO’s Newest Member, Montenegro, Is Torn On the Merits of Joining

NATO’s Newest Member, Montenegro, Is Torn On the Merits of Joining
Anti-NATO demonstrators protest outside Montenegro's parliament during the vote to ratify membership, Cetinje, Montenegro, April 28, 2017 (AP photo by Risto Bozovic).

Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series about NATO members’ contributions to and relationships with the alliance.

Last Friday, lawmakers in Montenegro voted 46-0 to ratify the country’s accession to NATO. However, dozens of pro-Russia lawmakers boycotted the vote, underscoring the political obstacles that have slowed Montenegro’s accession process. In an email interview, Filip Ejdus, an assistant professor at the University of Belgrade and a research fellow at the University of Bristol, explains how that process unfolded.

WPR: Why and for how long has Montenegro sought to join NATO, and what have been the biggest challenges to making that happen?

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