Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Bosnia today, the first stop of a three-day trip aimed at demonstrating intensified US engagement in the Balkans. Biden landed in Sarajevo, where he is scheduled to meet Bosnia's three-person presidency, address parliament, and meet separately with the country's two staunchest rivals—Bosniak leader Haris Silajdzic and Milorad Dodik, head of the country's Serbs.
Biden's visit is being met with mixed feelings. Bosniaks are eager to see the US get more involved in Bosnia. But Serbs have scheduled protests to tell Washington to back off. Tomorrow, Biden will fly to Serbia, where his visit is widely viewed as a chance for a fresh start following years of strained ties. But many still view America as anti-Serb, and nationalist parties have openly opposed Biden's visit.