By Joshua Boissevain on November 27, 2012
If you didn’t happen to make it to last week’s panel discussion on the Balkans and EU Integration, you can catch a 10-minute translated highlight of the event or the full version farther down.
By Tomas Sacher on October 10, 2012
How the former student activists who toppled Yugoslav strongman Slobodan Milosevic are teaching the world’s oppressed to rise up.
By Sandra King-Savic on September 10, 2012
In my previous blog entry Impressions from the Field III, I told the story of one man who was caught on account of his smuggling business. Smuggling, I noted, is common in and around Novi Pazar, and creates jobs. I also noted that smuggling is nothing out of the ordinary. People simply buy and sell [...]
By Sandra King-Savic on September 3, 2012
When 22,000 people don’t or can’t find work in a city of 120,000, as is the case in Novi Pazar, it is redundant to say that unemployment is a problem. But as for the validity of the exact unemployment number, the figure of 20,000 is certainly not 100 percent correct, as this is the “official” [...]
By Sandra King-Savic on August 27, 2012
As stated in last week’s post “Impressions from the Field”, relations among the Bosniak population of Sandžak is more tense compared to relations between Bosniaks and Serbs.
By Jessie Hronesova on August 23, 2012
I have been asked many times why I like the Balkans, why I keep coming back, why I am fascinated with this region – a region that is far from perfect. The answer might be that despite the fact that it is far from perfect and at times everything seems wrong, it is a magical [...]
By Sandra King-Savic on August 21, 2012
Judging from media reports, Novi Pazar, Sandžak’s main city, appears unstable, perhaps even dangerous. Reports often connect Novi Pazar with illegal drug trade, increased religious conservatism, high unemployment and interethnic tensions between Serbians and Bosniaks.
By Andrej Ban on July 10, 2012
After four failed bids, one-time nationalist stalwart Tomislav Nikolic is finally Serbia’s president. Perhaps the biggest concern accompanying Tomislav Nikolic’s election as Serbia’s president is his unreadability. The nationalist politician who said five years ago that he would rather see Serbia become a Russian province than a European Union member assured the West during the recent campaign [...]
By Andrej Ban on July 5, 2012
Elections held on 6 May appear to have confirmed Serbia’s aim of joining the European Union, despite the victory of the Serbian Progressive Party. While the new government will be led by the Progressives, a four-year-old offshoot of the anti-EU Serbian Radical Party, the victors have positioned themselves as center-rightists and formed a coalition with [...]