Stop using the Balkans as a synonym for chaos

Events in Washington DC on Wednesday night saw many commentators reaching for cliches about Kosovo and the Balkans, perpetuating stereotypes that are inaccurate, unfair and fundamentally colonial.

Kosovo, Mitrovica: Kosovo Albanians drink coffee in Mitrovica. © Pierre Crom
Kosovo, Prizren: Tourists visit the fortress. © Pierre Crom
Kosovo, Zubin Potok: A fisher on the Ujman lake. US Special Presidential Envoy for Serbia and Kosovo Peace Negotiations Richard Grenell proposed to rename the Ujman lake Lake Trump. © Pierre Crom



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