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Russian Efforts to Undermine Peace in the Balkans

Could the Western Balkans region become a ‘second front’ in the Russia’s conflict with the West? Tim Judah and Ilva Tare join Deep Dish to discuss.
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About the Episode

Like Ukraine, the Western Balkans sit on a fault line between Russian and Western spheres of influence. Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, political tensions have grown in the region, particularly in Bosnia and Kosovo. Many experts suspect Russia is exploiting ethnic divisions. The Economist’s Tim Judah and the Atlantic Council’s Ilva Tare join Deep Dish to examine Moscow's motives for fanning instability in one of Europe’s most fragile regions.

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Interested in learning more about the key issues impacting the Western Balkans? Tune into the #BalkansDebrief podcast with host Ilva Tare. 

About the Experts
Special Correspondent, The Economist
Tim Judah
Tim Judah is a journalist and correspondent for The Economist covering the Balkans and other regions. He began his career at the BBC African Service before covering the Balkan Wars for The Economist and sometimes the Financial Times. Judah has written several books on the geopolitics of the Balkans. He is president of the board of both the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and the Kosovar Stability Initiative (IKS).
Tim Judah
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
Ilva Tare
Ilva Tare is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center and was most recently a broadcaster with EuroNews Group. A household name in her native Albania, she has vast experience in the Western Balkans. She is also the host of the Atlantic Council’s online show and podcast, #BalkansDebrief, where she discusses key issues impacting the Western Balkans. 
Ilva Tare
Vice President, Studies
Brian Hanson is the Vice President of Studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He oversees the Council's research operations and hosts the Council's weekly podcast, Deep Dish on Global Affairs.

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