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Nikola Mikovic

Nikola Mikovic is a political analyst in Serbia. His work focuses mostly on the foreign policies of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, with special attention on energy and “pipeline politics.”

Articles By Nikola Mikovic

Turkey’s Balkan Balancing Act By Nikola Mikovic - Sep 15, 2022

The Balkans is often described as Turkey‘s gateway to the European Union. But for many years, Turkey, a Balkan state itself, maintained a low geopolitical profile in the region, portraying itself as the patron of Balkan Muslims, and little else. Now, however, with the EU preoccupied fending off an energy crisis amid the war in Ukraine, Turkey is looking to deepen its ties to the … Continue reading “Turkey’s Balkan Balancing Act”

How Turkey Plans to Win the Peace in Ukraine By Nikola Mikovic - Aug 26, 2022

While the war in Ukraine continues to rage, some are already looking ahead to what will happen when the guns fall silent and the construction work begins. In July, Ukraine’s prime minister estimated that rebuilding the country’s devastated cities, towns and infrastructure would cost $750 billion. Amid the destruction has come opportunity for others, and Turkey is the frontrunner to eventually … Continue reading “How Turkey Plans to Win the Peace in Ukraine”

Will Iran Finally Say ‘Nyet’ to Putin? By Nikola Mikovic - Jul 22, 2022

Last week, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan accused Russia of trying to buy hundreds of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Iran for its ongoing war in Ukraine. The claim was plausible. Although the Russian army has its own domestically-produced drones, they are not as advanced as the Western hardware that has given Ukraine an advantage in the air. That … Continue reading “Will Iran Finally Say ‘Nyet’ to Putin?”

Turkey Returns to the Balkans at EU’s Expense By Nikola Mikovic - Jul 1, 2022

Last week, European leaders described their decision to award membership candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova as a “historic moment” for the bloc. Left unsaid was how long it could take for the final “moment” to arrive. Other EU candidate states have languished years – even decades – in the EU’s “eternal waiting room.” Not … Continue reading “Turkey Returns to the Balkans at EU’s Expense”