Balkanalysis.com selected Amazon Kindle e-books (listed in reverse chronological order below), are meant for both general-interest readers and specialists. These works include analyses, interviews and more. Inexpensive and easily accessible via Amazon Kindle (and soon, paperback), these monographs and collections provide entertainment, education and practical value for scholars, analysts and other professionals specializing in the region.
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Although the 2015 political crisis in Macedonia received significant global media coverage, the crisis’ deep context has been almost completely ignored. As such, the highly-charged and opaque events that gripped the small Balkan state after January 2015 have not been properly understood- leading to confused and controversial decisions from the United States, the European Union and local political leaders, that left the country mired in uncertainty and political turmoil.
In The Macedonian Mosaic: Pieces of Insight from the Pre-Crisis Years, readers are treated to an insider’s exclusive view of the events and trends that shaped Macedonia during the formative years of 2009-2014. This chronologically-ordered compilation of analyses, interviews and other reports – many not previously available publicly – presents a much-needed corrective to the misinformed reporting of foreign media and diplomats both before and during the crisis.
A significant new contribution from two leading experts in the study of Greek military, security and intelligence issues, this book consists of detailed analyses spanning the period of 2012-2015. While some have been published by Balkanalysis.com during that time, several intriguing pieces are available now for the first time, and as such enhance the value of the book for strategic analysts and general-interest readers alike.
Among the key topics broached in Studies in Greek Security, Volume II: 2012-2015 are both ones with a historical-national basis (such as the Greek-Turkish balance of forces, left-wing terrorism and the Cyprus question) and others of pressing current interest, such as Europe’s migrant crisis, the rise of ISIS and the impact conflicts in Syria and Libya have on Greek security.
Combining the best of analysis and field interviews, this unique volume tells the story of Bosnia’s transformation – its successes, failures and unresolved dilemmas – in compelling prose that also includes detailed anecdotes from ordinary Bosnians, providing snapshots of personal experience before, during and after the war.
In 20 Years After Dayton, veteran journalist and sociologist Pasic offers an intimate and honest look at Bosnia’s development, isolating the political, social, cultural and economic issues that have defined it. Drawing on a rich variety of sources, the author tells a cautionary tale of post-war transition that should be required reading for all scholars and others interested in this pivotal Balkan country today.
The Vatican’s Challenges in the Balkans: Bolstering the Catholic Church in 2015 and beyond (by Matteo Albertini and Chris Deliso) IN ITALIAN: Le Sfide del Vaticano nei Balcani: il Rafforzamento della Chiesa Cattolica nel 2015 e oltre
While the 2013 election of the charismatic, reformist Pope Francis has renewed world fascination with the Vatican, the Holy See’s vast contemporary role in the Balkans has been mostly ignored- until now.
Combining extensive on-the-ground research, top-secret intelligence and interviews with media reports and official Church data, The Vatican’s Challenges in the Balkans is the first comprehensive analysis of the Holy See’s current relationships and activities in Balkan countries at the levels of state, church and outreach to local populations.
Although previous books have concentrated on the Vatican’s Balkan role in the 1990s, WWII or earlier conflict periods, no study until now has documented the current Balkan policies and activities of the Catholic Church’s senior leadership.
As such, The Vatican’s Challenges in the Balkans represents a valuable new contribution: it reveals how the world’s most storied religious institution operates today, in one of the world’s historically most volatile regions.
The full work is also available in an excellent Italian translation as Le Sfide del Vaticano nei Balcani: Il Rafforzamento della Chiesa Cattolica nel 2015 e oltre. This translated text includes all appendices and references contained in the original English-language version.
The Balkans Year in Review 2011 provides a comprehensive overview of the most important events, trends and issues affecting many of the countries in the region, as well as relations with the EU and the energy sector.
Crafted by nine expert writers, this text makes useful reading for both specialist practitioners and general readers interested in the Balkans and its affairs. The work is divided into ten chapters; each is slightly different in approach, but all provide valuable insight, and sometimes exclusive information and statistics.
The Year in Review chapters are as follows: EU-Western Balkan relations, energy in the Balkans, Turkey, Romania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia, Greece and Croatia.
Studies in the Southeast European Energy Sector, 2007-2011 is a collection of 25 significant articles published by the Balkanalysis.com website during the period in question. These texts provide a comprehensive ‘as it happened’ overview of the major oil, gas and renewable energy projects (and proposed projects) that have shaped geopolitical and energy strategies in the region from 2007-2011.
The e-book also contains a wealth of statistics and data on such projects, as well as information on major private companies and institutions involved with the energy affairs of Southeastern Europe. Whether for the professional energy sector analyst or for general-interest readers, the text will provide stimulating insight into the main issues, technical, economic and political, that have shaped the course of energy exploration and investment in the first decade of the 21st century, in one of Europe’s most important energy corridors.
Studies in Greek Security, 2006-2011 brings together for the first time the most important Balkanalysis.com articles and interviews published during the period in question on all issues related to Greek security- from military balance of forces, intelligence and counter-intelligence activities and geopolitical strategies, to issues of terrorism, espionage and regional power dynamics.
This significant collection of 13 articles, part of the Balkanalysis.com Special Publications series, presents an ‘as it happened’ journalistic and analytical view of key events and trends affecting Greek security during the period in question. This treatment includes related security events, threats and factors in play that have involved neighboring countries including, Turkey, Cyprus and Balkan states.
The e-book also offers well-sourced running assessments of transnational organized crime, including illicit weapons, drugs and illegal immigration trends, as well as contemporaneous analyses of specific incidents such as Greek-Turkish aerial dogfights, murky wiretapping scandals, still-unresolved clandestine operations, and special operations between Greece and the EU.
Valuable factual data is also presented in regards to Greek and regional balance of military forces (with statistics), as well as expert insights gleaned from interviews with security practitioners and specialists in Greece.
This collection of 22 exclusive interviews, originally published on the Balkanalysis.com website over a six-year period, is an indispensable resource for both professionals and academics dealing with the Balkans and issues related to it such as security, politics, economics and culture. It also makes enticing reading for more general-interest enthusiasts.
The interviews, conducted first-hand by Balkanalysis.com Director Chris Deliso, have been held with a varied range of persons – both from the region and presently or formerly associated with it. This eclectic combination of characters is testament to the diverse approach of the Balkanalysis.com website, and it runs from linguists, academics and ethnomusicologists to police detectives, government ministers, former CIA agents, national security advisers and military men.
Numerous intimate details of both well-known and less well-known historical events are recounted for the first time here, and considerable light is case on vital – if little-known – trends and developments affecting the region. Simply put, there is nothing else quite like it available on the market today.
As such, this compendium of expert testimony will stand the test of time as a primary source for Balkan history and culture, and remain relevant and useful well into the future. It provides a rich resource for scholars, investigative reporters, and anyone interested in goings-on in this complex and often misunderstood region of geostrategic importance to world events.