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From Crisis to Convergence: A Strategy to Tackle Balkans Instability at its Source

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This publication was jointly published in January 2022 by the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS and Wilson Center's Global Europe Program

There is a clear path for the U.S. and its European partners to reverse—not just contain—the alarming deterioration in the Balkans.  U.S.-led 'convergence' over Kosovo will transform the stalled EU Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina—and the entire region, including Bosnia-Herzegovina.  'Convergence' will alter Serbia's strategic calculus, curtail malign Russian and Chinese influence in the region, and finally close the three-decade Yugoslav crisis.

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Edward Joseph

Edward P. Joseph

Senior Fellow, SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, Fomer Macedonia Project Director, International Crisis Group
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Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program is focused on Europe’s capabilities, and how it engages on critical global issues.  We investigate European approaches to critical global issues. We examine Europe’s relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Our initiatives include “Ukraine in Europe” – an examination of what it will take to make Ukraine’s European future a reality.  But we also examine the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE, Europe’s energy security, transatlantic trade disputes, and challenges to democracy. The Global Europe Program’s staff, scholars-in-residence, and Global Fellows participate in seminars, policy study groups, and international conferences to provide analytical recommendations to policy makers and the media.  Read more