Martin Woker, editor with the Swiss daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung wrote on ESI's work on the Balkans. His article was published on 15 January 2008 under the title "A portal to Balkan diversity" ("Ein Portal zur Vielfalt des Balkans").
The Balkans are better than their reputation. In its eight years of operation the independent expert organization European Stability Initiative has evolved into a vibrant centre of excellence and has suc-cessfully rebutted some of the most persistent clichés.
"In its eight years of operation, ESI has had a substantial impact on international policy to-wards South Eastern Europe", ESI writes about itself. True, says an insider who strongly praises the partly-deliberately provocative approach of ESI's work; It was high time the assessment of the situation should not be left to those diplomats who experience their duty tours in the Balkans as a 'disciplinary transfer'.