Biden and the Kosovo Serbs

In westernmost Kosovo stands the 14th century Serbian Orthodox Visoki Decani Monastery, whose fresco-adorned main cathedral is the largest medieval church in the Balkans. The magnificent monastery is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, but it would likely be in ruins today had it not been for the behind-the-scenes intervention of Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate for President.

On one of his many trips to Southeastern Europe, then-Senator Biden and I visited Visoki Decani in the winter of 2001. It was a tiny, isolated Serb enclave in ethnic Albanian territory. …


Mike Haltzel

Mike Haltzel, Chairman of the Transatlantic Leadership Network, is Senior Fellow at the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

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