Neue Zürcher Zeitung: A portal to Balkan diversity (15 January 2008)
"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 successfully rebutted some of the most persistent clichés.
"In its eight years of operation, ESI has had a substantial impact on international policy towards 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'."