The flag of the Republic of North Macedonia is raised at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) during a ceremony welcoming the Republic of North Macedonia as NATO’s newest Allied nation. The Republic of North Macedonia became the thirtieth Allied nation during the ceremony presided over by Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) General Tod D. Wolters.

Countering Russian propaganda in Macedonia

Truth is the Best Medicine

April 2019, Number 09.02

“Since 1989, one of the constant goals of Russian foreign policy has been to abolish — or at least weaken — the inner cohesion of existing trans-Atlantic and European institutions, such as NATO and the European Union, as well as the influence of the United States in Europe. In recent years, the Western Balkans have emerged as a front in Russia’s geopolitical confrontation with the West. Building on close historical ties, Moscow is taking advantage of political and economic difficulties to expand its influence, potentially undermining the region’s stability.

Since the 1990s, the Western Balkan countries have dealt with internal vulnerabilities and experienced external influence from state and nonstate actors. These sources of instability have made the region more vulnerable and susceptible to external influence from Russia. Internal vulnerabilities such as the rise of nationalism, historical grievances, corruption, weakened state institutions and media, and unemployment have left these countries unstable, enabling state and nonstate actors to influence them. The Western Balkans are likely to become a significant playing field for the competition between Russia and the West...”

Excerpt from Aleksandar Nacev, “Truth is the Best Medicine,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  9, No. 2, 2019: 10-17.

Aleksandar Nacev, PhD. is executive director of the Center for Security Research and an assistant professor at the Institute for Digital Forensics. He has worked as a diplomat in the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Macedonia to NATO Headquarters in Brussels and served as the director of the Macedonian Directorate for Security of Classified Information. He graduated from the Marshall Center’s Program on Cyber Security Studies in 2015.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.