Endgame in the Balkans: Regime Change, European Style by Elizabeth Pond

By Elizabeth Pond

Can Europe tame the Balkans? that is the query veteran journalist Elizabeth Pond addresses during this well timed and soaking up booklet. beginning with the wars of the Yugoslav succession, "Endgame within the Balkans" courses readers throughout the region's tumultuous contemporary background and explores either how the trap of ecu Union (EU) club has affected the Balkans and the way Balkan advancements have formed the ecu. Drawing on hundreds and hundreds of interviews, in addition to many years of expertise as a international correspondent, Pond strikes deftly around the quarter, from Bulgaria to Romania, Kosovo, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Albania, and Serbia and Montenegro. She examines the numerous hurdles status among those international locations and ecu club - together with poverty, corruption, and rabid chauvinism - in addition to the hopes and difficulties that experience led Balkan leaders to seem to the West. within the method, she paints a shiny photo of the demanding situations dealing with the area because it seeks to vault from the 19th to the twenty-first century. Already in its short background, the ecu Union has solid a old reconciliation among France and Germany and helped consolidate democracy in Portugal, Spain, and Greece. yet in southeastern Europe, it faces one among its so much tricky initiatives but. "Endgame within the Balkans" unearths the whole quantity of this problem, in addition to the grounds for wish. wealthy intimately and penetrating research, this ebook could be crucial examining for an individual drawn to the long run either one of the area and of Europe as an entire.

Show description

Read or Download Endgame in the Balkans: Regime Change, European Style PDF

Best diplomacy books

The BRICS and the Future of Global Order

The transformation of the BRIC acronym from an funding time period right into a family identify of foreign politics and, extra lately, right into a semi-institutionalized political outfit (called BRICS, with a capital ‘S’), is among the defining advancements in foreign politics long ago decade. whereas the concept that is now common within the basic public debate and foreign media, there has now not but been a complete and scholarly research of the background of the BRICS time period.

Fragmented Borders, Interdependence and External Relations: The Israel-Palestine-European Union Triangle

This e-book investigates family members among Israel, the Palestinian territories and the eu Union by way of contemplating them as interlinked entities, with family among any of the 3 events affecting the opposite part. The participants to this edited quantity discover diverse elements of Israeli-Palestinian-European Union interconnectedness.

Islamic Law and Transnational Diplomatic Law: A Quest for Complementarity in Divergent Legal Theories

This ebook, in its attempt to formulate compatibility among Islamic legislation and the foundations of overseas diplomatic legislations, argues that the necessity to harmonize the 2 criminal structures and feature an intensive cross-cultural figuring out among countries in most cases on the way to improving unfettered diplomatic cooperation can be of paramount precedence.

Summits: Six Meetings That Shaped the Twentieth Century

The chilly struggle ruled international background for almost part a century, locking superpowers in a world competition that basically ended with the Soviet cave in. the main decisive moments of twentieth-century international relations happened whilst international leaders met face to face—from the mishandled summit in Munich, 1938, which triggered the second one global warfare, to Ronald Reagan's amazing chemistry with Mikhail Gorbachev at Geneva in 1985.

Additional resources for Endgame in the Balkans: Regime Change, European Style

Sample text

01-7160-6 CH01 8/30/06 1:56 PM Page 9 chapter one The Wars of the Yugoslav Succession Under other circumstances, it might have been the liberal Serbs and Croats (and Bosnians and Slovenians) and the growing middle classes who inherited Josip Broz Tito’s relatively benign Communist Yugoslavia after the marshal’s death in 1980. 1 Tito contributed to the collapse of Yugoslavia by establishing a diffuse collective system with secret-police controls that prevented any lieutenant of his from usurping power prematurely—but at the same time built no orderly succession for when he was gone.

The siege of Sarajevo would be broken only after the massacre at Srebrenica. Srebrenica Srebrenica, though unknown to the outside world before the 1990s war, had been the fourth richest town in Bosnia, from its mines, silver artisanship, and tourist attraction of mineral baths. By spring 1993 its original mixed MuslimSerb population of 6,000 was swollen by an additional 30,000 Muslim refugees who poured in after the VJ and Serb paramilitary assaults on Zvornik and other Drina Valley towns. Bosniaks in the villages surrounding Srebrenica were killed or driven out as the Serbs advanced.

Orthodox neighbors visited Muslim friends during Ramazan Bajram. 74 Bosnia was highly secularized; Islam was widely understood more as a set of everyday cultural practices than an exclusive faith. ” The conspicuous bestiality of the Balkan wars of the 1990s must therefore have derived from something other than uncontrollable mythic drives. As the old Yugoslav cohesion came unglued, sadistic thugs on all sides were glad to conduct their own turf wars under the flag of their respective nationalisms.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.31 of 5 – based on 50 votes