Foreign Policy Essay
Countering Russian Influence in the Balkans
Editor’s Note: Russia appears to be trying to undermine U.S. influence throughout Europe—and, unfortunately, Moscow appears to be succeeding. Although most eyes are on Ukraine and the Baltic states, the Balkans represent another potential flash point. Emily Holland of Columbia University and Rebecca Lissner of the Council on Foreign Relations argue that the Trump administration and the West in general have ignored the Balkans and call for the EU and the United States to step up aid and do much more in this region to avoid another crisis in Europe.