Covid-19 vaccines have a powerful political value for smaller countries too
Europe’s Soft Underbelly
The United States and Europe must invest more to help Belgrade and Pristina find common ground
Covid-19 is the latest of many emergencies used to amplify propaganda narratives in the region.
A successful influence operation requires a willing ally on the ground.
Chinese and Russian disinformation efforts in the Western Balkans have achieved a dangerous synergy. The COVID crisis is only making their work easier.
The ongoing dialogue is in disarray, with the latest US-brokered agreement between the two sides a mishmash of commitments. The Biden administration needs to coordinate efforts with European allies to present a common agenda if it’s to get Belgrade and Pristina to “yes.”
The peaceful victory of the opposition in Montenegro represents a win for democracy in the Balkans – up to a point. Now the West must keep its eye on the ball.
All Aboard the Secret Express