Macedonia’s name and NATO

Macedonia’s name and NATO

By Biljana Vankovska February 6, 2019 This is how Dr. Vankovska, TFF Associate for over 20 years, succinctly has responded to an inquiry by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.  And on this very day, Macedonia signed its accession protocol to NATO. Let’s make clear a few things: first, the so-called Prespa process, in which the Republic […]

New TFF Associate – Brajna Greenhalgh

New TFF Associate – Brajna Greenhalgh

  Brajna Greenhalgh joined TFF as Associate in September 2018. She says: “I was born in Vukovar, Croatia, in what was at the time known as Yugoslavia. I grew up and lived there during the years of its dissolution wars. I first met Dr Jan Oberg in early spring 1998 when the TFF conflict-mitigation team […]

Montenegro and NATO’s Faustian Bargain

Montenegro and NATO’s Faustian Bargain

U.S Vice President Mike Pence, left, joined by Montenegro’s Prime Minister Dusko Markovic during a joint press conference in Villa Gorica in Podgorica, Montenegro on August 2, 2017. (AP Photo / Risto Bozovic)   Did Montenegro’s NATO accession increase the collective defense of the West or merely protect a corrupt regime? When Fox News host […]

TFF PressInfo # 449: Remembering the War on Yugoslavia 1999

TFF PressInfo # 449: Remembering the War on Yugoslavia 1999

The ethnic map few understood. Should make it clear that cutting up Yugoslavia in independent republics could not be done without bloodshed. (1) Yellow = Serbs, Dark Green = Muslims, Light Blue = Croats,  Light Green = Slovenes, Orange = Montenegrins, Pink = Albanians, Darker Blue = Macedonians   By Jan Oberg March 24, 2018, […]

Will Trump break international law over North Korea?

  • We are soon going to have a clash between President Donald Trump and international law. This is predicable when one examines the presidential discourse over what to do about North Korea and its possession of nuclear-tipped rockets. He has threatened “fire and fury” which doesn’t sound like the opening words of the UN’s […]

Still there 25 years later: The dispute about Macedonia’s name

Still there 25 years later: The dispute about Macedonia’s name

  By Biljana Vankovska Interview with Asahi Shimbun, Tokyo   • Do you support the idea of having the accord with Greece over the disputes on the country’s name? If yes/no, please tell us the reason. It is hard to support an irrational dispute, only because one has a nationalistic idea that the name Macedonia […]

Kosovo’s EU future at risk in war crimes dispute

Kosovo’s EU future at risk in war crimes dispute

By Andrew Rettman euobserver 9th Jan 2018 • Leading EU countries and the US have warned Kosovo of “severe consequences” if it walked away from a war crimes tribunal. Via euobserver.com “We urge all Kosovo’s leaders … [to] honestly inform Kosovo’s citizens of the severe negative consequences, including for Kosovo’s international and Euro-Atlantic integration, if […]

The Prince of human rights

The Prince of human rights

  By Jan Oberg • General Ratko Mladic has finally been sentenced – to life – for crimes committed in Bosnia during the Yugoslav dissolution wars in the 1990s. That motivated Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to make a statement to the effect that “Mladic is the epitome […]