My books range from travelogue to textbook to current-affairs and socio-religious studies of the pressing issues of the day, and most specifically of relevance to the Southeast European region. These works have and will continue to include highly exclusive material, interviews and revelations that shake the commonly accepted histories and narratives of the subjects and areas covered.
(Forthcoming, April 2017) Migration, Terrorism and the Future of a Divided Europe: a Continent Transformed
The European migration crisis and its security, intelligence, political and economic and strategic dimensions constitute the subject of my forthcoming book. Drawing on years of field research and extensive interviews, this upcoming monograph from Praeger Security International will be the most comprehensive work of its type, getting to the heart of the key issues involved and projecting the likely outcomes for Europe – and the world – due to the globalization of migration response and economic interests, in a time of immense political and security challenges facing Europe.
Migration, Terrorism and the Future of a Divided Europe: a Continent Transformed (Praeger Security International) will be available in the United States and worldwide in April 2017. This work will be an indispensable guide for anyone with serious interest in understanding what has occurred in Europe, why individual and institutional responses to it have differed, and what is the likely outcome.
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.
For anyone interested in the role of the Catholic Church, Islam, and the ‘Great Powers’ of modern-day Europe, this is a must-read account that combines a fact-rich presentation with informed analysis from the ground.
Readers can find the book available on Amazon Kindle here. We also expect it to be published in Italian in the same format soon, and will keep readers informed of other future versions (and news on our future coverage) at the dedicated Balkanalysis.com Vatican page here.
Hidden Macedonia: The Mystic Lakes of Ohrid and Prespa
The tectonic lakes of Macedonia, Ohrid and Prespa, are among the most ancient and enthralling in the world, abundant in rare wildlife and the seat of medieval kingdoms, richly endowed with sacred shrines, mysteries and watery legends.
In this unprecedented account of a circular summertime journey tracing the lakeshore through three countries, Greece, Albania and the Republic of Macedonia, the author seeks out the spirit of the lakes through encounters with fishermen, philosophers, archaeologists and snakes. At the same time, the travelogue explores searching questions of contemporary perceptions of identity, history and common culture in a region historically known for fractiousness and conflict.
Culture and Customs of Serbia and Montenegro
This approachable, easy-to-read textbook gives a broad introduction to the history, culture, national customs and current affairs of two of Europe’s least-understood countries.
Perfect for the general reader or student keen on learning more about Serbia and Montenegro, this book presents in 10 chapters a comprehensive range of topics, including national cuisine and dress, performing arts, literature and cinema, sports, education, art and architecture.
Although the book was published in late 2008, and a number of important events have obviously happened since, it is still sufficient to give the interested reader a general overview of the historic, cultural and social aspects of Serbian and Montenegrin culture.
The Coming Balkan Caliphate: the Threat of Radical Islam to Europe and the West
Released in 2007, this was the first book to make a comprehensive survey of the development of Islamic fundamentalist ideologies and organizations in several Balkan countries on a comparative basis, underpinned by a general historical narrative thrust and peppered by testimonial from local and international sources on the ground.
The Coming Balkan Caliphate has been praised by ranking US military officials, current and previous UN peacekeepers in the Balkans, intelligence officials of the US and several European countries, academics, journalists and other observers of current events in the Balkans. In recent years the book has been included in the specialized curricula of different branches of the military and intelligence bodies in the US (and other countries).