Prior to formally breaking with its traditional ally Serbia in 2006, the armed forces of the tiny Western Balkan nation of Montenegro hadn’t existed since their abolition following the end of the First World War and the establishment of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

A century later, and less than a dozen short years after gaining its independence, Montenegro became the 29th member of NATO in June 2017. In a symbolic move that capped off Montenegrin government’s ascension to the Western military ...

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