I am searching for a good idiom for the following situation.
Consider international politics. There are two poles at this moment:(1) the Western pole; (2) the Non-western pole. Every country is one way or another are part of those poles (even though some are trying futilely to balance).
I take the examples of Serbia and Croatia, both of which were part of the former Yugoslavia, and both of them started from a similar political and economic situation. Serbia has been traditionally a Russian ally. When Russia became weak, the USA bombed Serbia, and curved Kosovo out of Serbia, Serbia is in a dismal situation in terms of economy, etc. On the other hand, Croatia is a very prosperous country.
Therefore, can I say
Croatia is on the good side of the Western radar.
The following definitions make it difficult for me to understand if this is the best idiom. For example,
Cambridge Dictionary says to be on someone's radar means
If someone or something is on your radar, you are aware of, or have thought about, them or it.
The Free Dictionary explains
Considered by one as important or noteworthy; within the spectrum of one's awareness, attention, or consideration.
And Longman defines the idiom as
if something is on your radar, you have noticed it and are giving it some attention
But I want to say that the boss is continually rewarding an employee whose performance is unexceptional.
Can you suggest a better idiom?