Balkanalysis.com is one of the leading independent news and analysis groups covering the Balkans today. With a forward-thinking approach that focuses on assessing local situations and trends within a larger regional or global context, we attempt to isolate and define the greater significance of today’s events and trends, and how they will impact on future developments and decision-making in the region and globally.
Balkanalysis.com produces regular free articles, interviews and briefings, as well as special reports for private clients. (Read about our specific Overview of Services here). To find specific coverage by country, click on the relevant country name (as displayed across the top center of the home page).
The following provides an introduction to who we are, who reads us, and the philosophy that guides our approach to researching and writing.
Who We Are
Online since 2003, Balkanalysis.com is an American-run company that draws on the expertise and skills of a dynamic team of writers and researchers. Many of our people are writing or researching from within the target area, while our presence in other parts of the world as well gives the organization a global reach. More information about some of our correspondents is on the Balkanalysis.com Editors and Contributors page.
This highly educated, talented and well-trained team is comprised of an intriguing mix of people- from journalists, academic and non-governmental experts to private-sector professionals and consultants to business and government.
Who Reads Us
The Balkanalysis.com audience is richly-varied and includes representatives of the diplomatic corps and non-governmental sectors, the military, security and intelligence services of various states, foreign investors and others in the business world, local and international media bodies concerned with the Balkans, and members of diaspora communities, academia and other research institutions.
These readers value the accuracy and insight of our work- qualities which enhance the decision-making process and information-gathering activities of those having a professional relationship with the region. In a capacity secondary to publishing, we also ‘arrange stuff.’
As such, the website is not a large-scale news provider, and does not aspire to become one. Rather, Balkanalysis.com appeals to a specialist audience of individuals and groups intimately involved with the greater Balkan/Eastern Mediterranean region.
As an information provider, Balkanalysis.com cannot claim to be authoritative in all respects, though we can perhaps be distinguished from other news websites in certain ways.
When treating existing stories and issues, we strive to find new angles, or new manners of insight, so as to expand and improve awareness and understanding. We also make it a priority to investigate completely unknown stories, to create new lines of inquiry, to undertake fresh investigations and to conduct unique interviews and briefings- all with a view to making sure that what is published on our pages is accurate, objective and cannot be found anywhere else. (Please see our Balkanalysis Interviews and Balkanalysis Briefings pages for lists of these unique primary-source documents).
Thus, the belief that uniqueness plays a key role in determining value in the world of information is a crucial part of our approach to our work.
At the same time, we are aware that fast-paced modern life and ongoing developments in the media world have limited reader attention spans and the ability to digest information. We therefore also seek to inform the reader in as succinct, direct and simple a manner as possible.
With this approach, Balkanalysis.com hopes to provide a refreshing antidote to the frequently emotive and opinion-driven character of Balkan-related media, and to better serve those who need to turn information into action. Therefore, we do not publish op-eds as a matter of policy.
The Balkanalysis.com archive contains over 600 items; hundreds of others are available only in our pages on the Central and Eastern European Online Library website, which is open to individual and institutional subscribers. More information is available here. We also plan to make articles and e-books available via Amazon Kindle- more information is available on our Amazon Kindle listings page.
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.
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.