The Author

Sergio Caliva

Caliva holds a bachelor degree in political science and is currently enrolled in a master’s degree programme in international relations at LUISS Guido Carli University. Caliva is passionate about security and international politics. After an internship in FYROM, he developed a strong interest in the Western Balkans, EU enlargement and foreign policy, as well as EU relations with the Western Balkans countries and the Russian Federation. Sergio is fluent in his native Italian, English and French and has a good command of Spanish.

The Balkan Region, and particularly the Western part closer to the EU, consisting of the so-called WB6 – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia , Montenegro and Serbia – has always had a fundamental role within the international geopolitical chessboard.

Since its geographical central position between the EU, Russia and Turkey, the relevance this area holds might be better understood with a sight to the containment and management of the current international challenges.

Since the demise of the Federation of former Yugoslavia in 1992 and the subsequent rise of nationalistic claims as a result of ethnic and religious tensions, this area became the centre of interest for several international actors such as the EU, US, Russia and Turkey. The aim these actors pursued has constantly been presented as the need to develop an adequate level of security and stability in the region, although their actions have often been inspired by geopolitical interests.


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