Valbona Zeneli

Valbona Zeneli is Chair of the Strategic Initiatives Department at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.

Western Balkans: Europe’s Front Yard

An important decision will be taken by the European Council regarding the future of EU integration for Albania and North Macedonia.

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China in the Balkans

Chinese investment could become a challenging factor for the European future of the Western Balkans.

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North Macedonia: Progress in the Age of Nationalism

Why the prime ministers of Greece and Northern Macedonia may be on the road toward receiving the Nobel Prize for Peace.

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Macedonia’s Make or Break Deal?

The failure of the referendum in Macedonia should send strong signals to the European Union about the decline of its allure in the Western Balkans.

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A European Future for the Balkans? Detoured Yet Again?

The upcoming European Council Summit may well focus on migration — rather than the enlargement issue.

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Western Balkans: The Young and Talented Leave

Western Balkans policymakers often complain that their best minds are leaving. But they do so without offering any solution how to fix this issue.

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Migration, Brain Drain and the Western Balkans

What must be done to make life attractive enough at home to not see everyone go abroad?

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The EU and the Balkans: Parallel Lives Forever?

Pessimism is real, but scapegoating the EU for the slow transformation of the Western Balkans is unfair.

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Western Balkans: Looking From the Outside In

What does the EU mean to people in the Western Balkans?

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As Romania Battles Corruption

Corruption is the most underrated international security threat of our time.

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