Tanya Domi, a Balkan expert at Columbia University who previously worked on Balkan policy for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, said she doesn’t expect Engel’s departure to weaken U.S. support for Kosovo.
Engel, she said, may have become so outspoken on Kosovo and other Balkan issues in part because White House attention to the region had declined over the years.
That changed at the end of Donald Trump’s administration with the 2019 appointment of Richard Grenell as special envoy for the Serbia and Kosovo talks and the signing of a deal in September to normalize economic relations.
That trend is likely to continue under Biden, who knows the region firsthand from his days on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Domi predicted that Biden is likely to take up the cause of the region more aggressively than previous presidents.