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A New Transatlantic Approach for the Western Balkans

Nov. 28, 2011, 6:35 p.m.


The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) released this report suggesting ways to update EU and US policies in the Western Balkans to change the current policies which were established in the 1990s. These suggestions aim to improve democracy and governance and reduce escalating cases of violence in the region.

Based on extensive interviews and discussions with policy makers and analysts in Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Belgrade, Prishtina, Brussels, and Washington, this CSIS Policy Report offers recommendations to American and European policy makers for a new transatlantic paradigm for two of the most significant challenges in the Western Balkans, Bosnia-Hercegovina as well as Serbia and Kosova. While it reflects on current and at times opposing U.S. and EU assistance strategies toward development and democratic reform, the report recommends a new, twenty-first century, transatlantic policy playbook for the Western Balkans infused with a realistic and long-term vision for the region.

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