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The future of the Kosovo Security Force: a challenge for the new government

On May 10th, the government of Prime Minister Isa Mustafa was dismissed, following a no-confidence vote by the majority of the Kosovo Assembly. Today, more than a month after the snap electionsof June 11th, Kosovo remains without a government, as none of the candidates won the necessary majority to form a government. Yet, while no one can say with certainty what the composition of Kosovo’s new government will be, it is clear that the new Prime Minister and his cabinet will immediately have to dive into very deep waters. The standstill in the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, the pending...

Should Montenegro be invited to NATO?

Montenegro has experienced an unprecedented wave of protests against the government in recent weeks. Initially focused on the governments bid to join NATO the heavy-handed government response have shifted the focus to the government itself and the dominance of Milo Đukanović over Montenegrin politics for nearly 25 years.

While it is unlikely that the protests will gather the momentum (see here and here) to put the government under real...

Why Montenegro has decided to stand up to Russia

Two years ago, the former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, saved the day (and helped to resolve an inconclusive discussion at the Chicago summit on this subject) by making a public pledge that the next NATO summit will be about enlargement.  In the meantime, NATO’s open-door policy had slipped down the priority list, and the Ukrainian crisis sparked a fundamental rethinking of European security considerations.

Currently, there is only one real candidate for membership at the September 2014 summit in Wales – Montenegro. As for the other Balkan aspirants,...