For more than a month, European Union police have helicoptered Kosovo customs officers over some 16 mud-and-log barricades guarded by local Serbs who do not want to accept that Kosovo is an independent state.
With American unilateralism ebbing, Western nations and the rising BRICS countries are still finding their way to a new geopolitical balance – and Arab Spring nations like Syria are caught in the middle.
In its annual report, the European Commission recommended that Serbia become a formal candidate for EU accession. But a diplomatic deadlock over Kosovo's sovereignty is a major impediment to moving forward.
If the deficit 'super committee' is serious about finding $1.5 trillion in cuts over the next decade, they will have no choice but to do as the Founding Fathers would have done – bring the troops home and drastically reduce America's foreign military presence.
Serbians living in northern Kosovo threatened violent opposition to the deployment, but the Kosovo officials and EU peacekeepers avoided confrontation with protesters.
Wednesday's debate between Republican presidential candidates revealed big differences on US military intervention abroad. Yet history shows a candidate's words may not predict his actions as president.
Ethnic Serbian officials yesterday postponed a meeting on whether to accept a NATO-brokered accord with Kosovo authorities after ethnically charged violence rocked the breakaway state last month.
The US Senate this week called on Russia to stop its 'occupation' of two breakaway enclaves that were once part of Georgia. But both sides appear to be hardening their positions.
NATO is sending hundreds of reinforcements to bolster its peacekeeping forces after border violence has flared between Kosovo and Serbia.