Serbia


The Pandemic And The Past: Women’s Rights In The Balkans

Throughout this recent period of Coronavirus lockdown, the malign correlation between internal confinement and domestic violence has emerged ubiquitously throughout international society. Despite being an issue which affects both genders, women are significantly more likely to be the targets of such abuse. For many European countries, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated […]


At The Brink Of Humanitarian Crisis: Vučjak Migrant Camp, Bosnia and Herzegovina

On 21st October, water distribution and garbage collection were cut at the Vučjak migrant camp in north-western Bosnia and Herzegovina. This action was taken by the Mayor of the north-western city of Bihać to put pressure on central government to re-locate migrants who gather on the border with Croatia. But […]


Anti-Corruption Raids In Kosovo Re-Ignite Existing Tensions

On Tuesday 28th May anti-corruption raids were carried out by authorities in the north of the city of Mitrovica, Kosovo. Al Jazeera states that more than 20 people were arrested, including both citizens and police. However, the raids have provoked deep-seated ethnic tensions between Serbians and Albanians, especially in Kosovo’s […]


In Splintered Bosnia-Herzegovina, Its Recent Elections Reveal Deep Divisions in the Balkans

Recent elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina have revealed a nation and a region that remain deeply divided.  The election results for Bosnia’s presidency express the bitter ethnic tensions between the three dominant ethnic groups—Bosnian Croats, Bosniaks, and Bosnian Serbs.  In elections for the three-person presidency, in which each of these ethnic groups […]


Refugees Face Violence By Border Forces In The Balkans

According to a watchdog, refugees and migrants seeking to move from Serbia and into neighbouring European Union countries have been subjected to illegal deportations as well as systemic police brutality. A recent report by Rigardu, a German NGO and monitoring group, has detailed 857 instances of violence committed against people […]


Serbian-Australian Dragan Vasiljković Sentenced To 15 years Imprisonment In Croatia For War Crimes

Ex-Serbian commander Dragan ‘Captain Dragan’ Vasiljkovic has been sentenced by a Croatian court to 15 years imprisonment for war crimes, including torturing soldiers and murdering civilians during the 1991-95 Croatian War of Independence. The three-judge panel of the municipal court in Split, Croatia, found Vasiljković guilty of two of the […]


Controversial KLA Militia Leader Elected PM Of Kosovo

The stability of the western Balkans, which since the Yugoslav wars has seen internecine ethnic separatist conflicts erupt in what used to be a harmonious multi-national and multi-confessional state, shows no signs of improving, particularly between the nominally neutral Serbia, the self-proclaimed state of Kosovo, and Albania. In addition, the […]


Strained Relations Between Two Balkan Neighbours

The relations between Serbia and Macedonia, which has been tense for years, was further damaged this past April 2017 when Serbian intelligence officer, Goran Zivaljevic, was in the Macedonian Parliament. Protesters attacked and injured members of the Parliament, including Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. Shortly after the European Union and Balkans […]


Geopolitics Returns To The Balkans: EU Instability And Russian Involvement Threaten The Region’s Fragile Peace

While the European Union has been hit by one existential crisis after another – from Brexit to Greek debt to the refugee crisis to the rise of far-right to Eurosceptic xenophobic political parties – nationalist and inter-ethnic tensions have been steadily rumbling in the western Balkans. More than twenty years […]


NATO Secretary General And U.S. Warn Against Kosovo’s Army Move

On Wednesday, March 8, NATO warned Kosovo that they might decrease cooperation with the partially recognized state if the state proceeded with their plans to bypass the required constitutional change to create a national army. The President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, filed a draft law on Tuesday to transform Kosovo’s […]


Permanent Peace In Serbia: Russia, Kosovo, Republika Srpska, And The Right To Self Determination

After being silent for several years, tensions in the Balkans have risen again. After the completion of a train line from Belgrade to the ethnic Serbian town of Mitrovica in Kosovo, Serbia sent a train emblazoned with the words “Kosovo Is Serbia”. In response, the Kosovar government sent soldiers to […]


Refugees In Serbia Face Freezing Temperatures, Abuse, and Deportations

In the abandoned warehouses and streets of Belgrade, refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, and beyond struggle with the living conditions they sought to escape. The harsh winter that has swept Europe, coupled with the bitter reception of refugees by European governments, has ensured that suffering and a perpetual feeling of […]


Fearing Deportation: Refugees In Serbia Refuse Official Camps

In Serbia, 2,000 refugees are currently seeking shelter in an abandoned railway depot in the capital city Belgrade, as they are refusing to go into official camps due to fears of deportation. As reported by Médecins Sans Frontières, this shelter risks becoming a ‘New Calais’ as the refugees, abandoned by […]


European Migrant Crisis

Overview In 2015, for the first time, the total number of refugees around the world stretched to over 65 million people. This amounts to nearly 25 people fleeing every single minute. Strikingly, over half of the total number of refugees in 2015 arrived predominately from 3 sole countries: Afghanistan, Somalia […]