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The Washington Times: Situation in Macedonia should be a wake-up call for U.S. policymakers

The stability and security in the Balkans is important to the U.S. for many reasons, The Washington Times writes.

Historically, the region has been a flash point for wars in Europe — some of which have dragged U.S. troops into combat. That’s one reason the U.S. has invested billions in aid there since the end of the Cold War. Certain parts of the region have also been hotbeds of Islamist extremism, and collectively the Balkans have sent hundreds of fighters to join Islamic State in Syria. All the while, Russia is active in the region, trying to undermine U.S. interests there, the newspaper writes.

As the newspaper writes, according to a recent letter signed by six senators and congressmen, organizations like George Soros’ Open Society Foundation are bolstering left-wing political movements in the region at odds with American interests — and using funds provided by USAID to do it.

State actors like Russia are taking advantage of the ensuing political destabilization to promote an anti-West agenda. The stability and security enjoyed in the region since the late 1990s could be on the verge of a great unraveling, as democracy and good governance are being tested. Just look at what’s happening in Macedonia. Malign outside influence in the country has led to a political paralysis that is shaking its democratic foundation. This, The Washington Times writes.