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The Future of Euro-Atlantic Integration in the Western Balkans

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Given the absence of enlargement progress in the May 2012 NATO summit and enlargement fatigue in the European Union, it is high time to reconsider the future of Euro-Atlantic integration in the Western Balkans—an area that includes all the former Yugoslav republics plus Albania. The Euro-Atlantic integration of postcommunist Europe began hesitantly in the 1990s and reached its apogee during the 2000s. In the Balkans, the membership of Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, and Bulgaria in NATO and the EU, and Albania’s membership in NATO, have been the most notable developments of the past decade. [...]

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Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
George Washington University