Balkanalysis.com was established in 2003 to provide independent news and analysis on SE Europe, with the hope of offering unique stories and interviews available nowhere else. Since then, we have both expanded and focused the coverage, in the process developing a dedicated following among everyone from regional enthusiasts and local citizens to top policy-makers, business executives and security officials in many countries.
While we continue to publish interviews and stories with sectoral, historical and other themes, we are today mostly focused on examining how present events and trends affect future outcomes, such as situational and trend assessments. These assessments are carefully considered within the relevant regional or global context, and often benefit from our deep institutional memory and rich network of contacts from around the world.
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What Does Balkanalysis.com Publish?
Our analyses isolate the real, but often overlooked or misreported significance of specific current events and trends for the region and sometimes, the world. We also increasingly focus on global issues connecting the region with the wider world as these relations indicate the SE Europe region’s continued relevance and interrelationship with greater world events.
Balkanalysis.com publications include articles, interviews and briefings, which can be read freely, e-books and archived articles that can be purchased, and finally, special reports for private clients. (Learn more about our Overview of Services here.
Who Writes for the Website?
Some really kind and good-hearted people. Since launching in 2003, the website has benefited from the expertise and skills of around 50 writers, researchers and consultants, based both regionally and further abroad; the organization thus has a truly global reach and is capable of achieving a result far beyond Europe. Learn more about some of our people at the Balkanalysis.com Editors and Contributors page.
Persons involved with the website tend to be both highly educated and experienced in real-world activities. They also come from an intriguing blend of backgrounds: from journalists, academic and non-governmental experts to private-sector professionals and consultants to business, government, and risk and security bodies. This disparate blend of backgrounds helps ensure the website’s independent identity as writers do not conform to any specific ideology. Nor would we wish to enforce one.
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Who Reads Balkanalysis.com?
Persons with a professional interest in, or at very least a strong curiosity about local happenings. These include:
- Diplomats, foreign affairs ministries, military, security and intelligence services of various states;
- Representatives of international institutions, NGO personnel and academics;
- Foreign investors and others in the business and finance worlds;
- Local and international journalists, members of diaspora communities, civil society/NGO personnel and more.
These readers value our research’s accurate and unique insights, which often inform their decision-making processes and information-gathering capabilities. Some readers come to Balkanalysis.com for a ‘second opinion’ regarding reported events, assumed truths and prominent perceptions found in the mainstream media and elsewhere.
We are aware that our work has even affected tactical or strategic policy planning in some cases. With this comes an added responsibility to report as well as possible.
What Makes Balkanalysis Different?
The website is independent, objective and self-sustaining. It is thus not susceptible to any external forms of pressure or influence.
Savvy readers concentrating on SE Europe will already know that historically speaking, many international media bodies devoted to the region have been created and subsidized by various states or organizations seeking influence. This has occurred from the early 1990s and continues today, and an eventual loss of funding thus explains why specific media bodies have disappeared over the years. Other media groups still dependent on grants will continue to publish until the money runs out. However, as an independent, decentralized and low-cost operation, Balkanalysis.com will continue to publish for as long as there are writers interested in contributing.
This reality has allowed us to take a strategic and patient approach to research and publishing, as neither deadlines nor external pressure apply.
Since we cover analysis, news and interviews, we do not publish op-ed or advocacy pieces. Most media today, hungry for reader comments and page views, publish articles aimed to execute an agenda or stir up emotions in a historically emotive and divided region. We try to avoid doing so.
The Balkanalysis.com archive contains almost 1,00 articles; hundreds more are available exclusively on the Central and Eastern European Online Library website, which received a major upgrade in 2016. More information is available here.
We also sell a variety of ebooks (see the Amazon Kindle listings page) consisting of both repurposed archive content as well as otherwise unavailable content.
Finally, there is an official Balkanalysis.com Twitter feed, which keeps readers up-to-date on news about the website, our publications and events, as well as breaking news about the region and global events.
Important Note: The only official name of the website is Balkanalysis.com- and not “Balkan Analysis” nor “Balkananalysis.com.” We do not own the latter domain name. Thus any attempt to contact us on any address having that extension will not be received by us.