Counterterrorism in the Middle East is a hotly debated topic, but leaders aren't recognizing growing extremist activities right next door. Are terrorist organizations gaining ground in Balkan states, and could the West become subject to a domino effect?
Macedonia's political stability has been undermined by over a year of intractable conflict between the government and the oppositions. Allegations of government corruption has entrenched the opposition while hurting Skopje's image abroad; meanwhile, the latest violence in Kumanovo expands the crisis to the security sphere and complicates any resolution.
Following attacks in Grozny late last year, the Chechen republic's leader has strongly opposed any Islamic militantism in the region, while the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and following world reactions has been met with an official outpouring of criticism for the cultural mindset that precipitated the attacks.