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Sarajevo Calling is a podcast about Southeast European affairs, focusing in particular on the contemporary politics of the Western Balkans. Hosted by journalist Aleksandar Brezar and political scientist Jasmin Mujanović, and with graphics provided by Boris Stapić, Sarajevo Calling will post new episodes every two weeks.
 
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Your favorite podcast returns from a months-long hiatus to examine the breakdown in Bulgarian-Macedonian relations. We speak to scholar Dimitar Bechev for his perspective on the latest setback for North Macedonia and its EU aspirations. Then, in her first field-report, journalist Una Hajdari reports from Skopje on the origins of Bulgaria's obsessio…
 
This week on Sarajevo Calling, the guys chat with Montenegrin political analysts Ljubomir Filipović about the country’s historic elections. What are the prospects for a heterodox coalition government between right wing nationalists and left wing reformers? What has been the role of outside actors like Serbia and Russia in the apparent defeat of the…
 
The boys return from a brief hiatus to discuss the resurgence of coronavirus in the Western Balkans, and how local governments have pressed on with ill-advised elections of (in Serbia’s case, at least) dubious democratic legitimacy. Also, the contested legacy of Croatia’s “Operation Storm”; whose experiences are commemorated 25 years later and why?…
 
It's Episode 28 of Sarajevo Calling, wherein Aleksandar and Jasmin discuss Balkan cuisine. Sogan dolma, klepe, ajvar, njeguški pršut, tulumbe, baklava; it's our most sensual and syrupiest episode yet. It'll make you light up a cigarette and maybe make you feel a bit uncomfortable. Maybe you have a nap afterwards, just to let things settle. That see…
 
Slovenia's illiberal PM is posting bizarre conspiracy theories and attacking journalists on Twitter, while Bosnia's entity governments are embroiled in raspberry and tent-related corruption scandals. It's been a weird few weeks in Balkan politics, and Sarajevo Calling is back to make (try to) sense of it all. Sarajevo Calling is a podcast about Sou…
 
Aleksandar and Jasmin discuss: Sarajevo - the place, the myth, the spite, and the spirit. An intimate, personal dialogue on what Sarajevo means to the guys, its "parallel universes", and the city as "philosophical absolute". Sarajevo Calling is a podcast about Southeast European affairs, focusing in particular on the contemporary politics of the We…
 
The boys sit down and chat with the renowned scholar Florian Bieber of the University of Graz about the origins of his academic career studying the Western Balkans, the rise of authoritarianism and illiberalism in the region, and the future of European enlargement. And we ask him to go on the record with all the tough questions: is Luxembourg a Bal…
 
The boys discuss the ongoing political drama in Kosovo between (Acting) Prime Minister Albin Kurti and President Hashim Thaçi, and their respective supporters. Why did Kurti's government fall and what has been the role of the international community in these events, in particular as concerns the U.S.' Amb. Richard Grenell? Most excitingly, hear cli…
 
The boys discuss some of their favorite narrative and scholarly literature about the Western Balkans, while both having an emotional meltdown. Featuring a collection of texts by both local authors and foreign experts on the region. Sarajevo Calling is a podcast about Southeast European affairs, focusing in particular on the contemporary politics of…
 
On our big 20th episode spectacular, we talk with sevdah singer and scholar Damir Imamović ahead of the April 3, 2020 release of his new album, "Singer of Tales". We discuss the origins of the sevdah genre, its post-war revitalization, and what Damir considers sevdah's "punk ethos". Sarajevo Calling is a podcast about Southeast European affairs, fo…
 
We speak with Giovanni Vale of Extinguished Countries about how he and his partner came up with the idea for " the first guidebook series about countries that no longer exist" and, in particular, the first volume in the series on the continuing legacies of the Republic of Venice presence in the Western Balkans. Also, we discuss the current global h…
 
We talk completely ineffective Balkan folk remedies for COVID19, rheumatism, and everything in between with freelance journalist Una Hajdari. We also touch on her comparative experiences reporting on others parts of post-socialist Eastern Europe -- and whether propuh/promaja is as deadly as they say. Sarajevo Calling is a podcast about Southeast Eu…
 
It's the first ever Sarajevo Calling interview episode, featuring the guys in conversation with journalist Valerie Hopkins of the Financial Times. We'll discuss Valerie's start as a reporter in the region, her perspective on Hungary's growing influence in the Balkans, and the significance of recent U.S.-led breakthroughs (?!) in the Serbia-Kosovo d…
 
What's behind the apparent breakthrough in Kosovo-Serbia relations, as brokered by the new U.S. Presidential envoy Richard Grenell -- and what happened to the EU in the process? And what exactly is happening in the Sarajevo Canton and who - if anyone - presently constitutes the government? All this and a lot of terrible puns, this week on "Sarajevo…
 
This week on “Sarajevo Calling”, the boys count down the big political stories of the year while discussing the particular and peculiar culture surrounding the marking of New Year’s Eve in the Western Balkans. And all of this with a spread of musical interludes! Sarajevo Calling is a podcast about Southeast European affairs, focusing in particular …
 
What are the intersections between dignity and humiliation, on the one hand, and pervasive patterns of corruption and dignity, on the other, in the Western Balkans? Will there ever be a "revolution of dignity" in this region? And what would that require? This week, with heads held high, on "Sarajevo Calling". This time, we are asking you to conside…
 
French obstruction of the start of EU accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania, a second U.S. Special Envoy for the Western Balkans region, elections and coalition making in Kosovo, and the question that has plagued philosophers since the dawn of organized political life: what's the difference between a pundit and analyst? It's Sarajevo Cal…
 
The boys dip their toes into film criticism, with a scattershot overview some well known - and a few less well known - foreign and domestic films dealing with the contemporary Western Balkans. Sarajevo Calling is a podcast about Southeast European affairs, focusing in particular on the contemporary politics of the Western Balkans. Hosted by journal…
 
What can we expect from the new U.S. Special Representative for the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer? What's behind the recent tank-tractor schism between Serbian and Croatian soccer fans? And will Bosnia ever see a new government formed? All this and a brand new mid-episode jingle on Episode 11 of Sarajevo Calling. Sarajevo Calling is a podcast abou…
 
Is the upcoming Bosnian Pride a socio-political game changer in the region's central polity? Can the struggle for LGBT rights help deliver greater civil rights for all Bosnians and Herzgovinians? And how do we square the bigoted comments of North Macedonia's PM with his government's recent reform push? It's all LGBT topics on Sarajevo Calling's jub…
 
Sarajevo Calling is a podcast about Southeast European affairs, focusing in particular on the contemporary politics of the Western Balkans. Hosted by journalist Aleksandar Brezar and political scientist Jasmin Mujanović, and with graphics provided by Boris Stapić, Sarajevo Calling posts new episodes every two weeks. While you're here, please rememb…
 
Sarajevo Calling is a podcast about Southeast European affairs, focusing in particular on the contemporary politics of the Western Balkans. Hosted by journalist Aleksandar Brezar and political scientist Jasmin Mujanović, and with graphics provided by Boris Stapić, Sarajevo Calling posts new episodes every two weeks. While you're here, please rememb…
 
Sarajevo Calling is a podcast about Southeast European affairs, focusing in particular on the contemporary politics of the Western Balkans. Hosted by journalist Aleksandar Brezar and political scientist Jasmin Mujanović, and with graphics provided by Boris Stapić, Sarajevo Calling posts new episodes every two weeks. While you're here, please rememb…
 
Sarajevo Calling is a podcast about Southeast European affairs, focusing in particular on the contemporary politics of the Western Balkans. Hosted by journalist Aleksandar Brezar and political scientist Jasmin Mujanović, and with graphics provided by Boris Stapić, Sarajevo Calling posts new episodes every two weeks. While you're here, please rememb…
 
Sarajevo Calling is a podcast about Southeast European affairs, focusing in particular on the contemporary politics of the Western Balkans. Hosted by journalist Aleksandar Brezar and political scientist Jasmin Mujanović, and with graphics provided by Boris Stapić, Sarajevo Calling posts new episodes every two weeks. While you're here, please rememb…
 
Sarajevo Calling is a podcast about Southeast European affairs, focusing in particular on the contemporary politics of the Western Balkans. Hosted by journalist Aleksandar Brezar and political scientist Jasmin Mujanović, and with graphics provided by Boris Stapić, Sarajevo Calling will post new episodes every two weeks. And while you're here, remem…
 
Sarajevo Calling is a podcast about Southeast European affairs, focusing in particular on the contemporary politics of the Western Balkans. Hosted by journalist Aleksandar Brezar and political scientist Jasmin Mujanović, and with graphics provided by Boris Stapić, Sarajevo Calling will post new episodes every two weeks. While you're here, make sure…
 
Sarajevo Calling is a podcast about Southeast European affairs, focusing in particular on the contemporary politics of the Western Balkans. Hosted by journalist Aleksandar Brezar and political scientist Jasmin Mujanović, and with graphics provided by Boris Stapić, Sarajevo Calling will post new episodes every two weeks. While you're here, make sure…
 
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