The Western Balkans

On the path to stability

Authored by: Richard Caplan

The Routledge Handbook of Security Studies

Print publication date:  November  2009
Online publication date:  December  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415463614
eBook ISBN: 9780203866764
Adobe ISBN: 9781135239077


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The Western Balkans has been one of the most unstable regions in Europe since the end of the Cold War. All of the countries in the region – Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania – have experienced major unrest, if not violent conflict, since the collapse of the Communist regimes that governed them for more than four decades. 1 Concerted third-party efforts, working both with and against domestic tendencies, have helped to put the Western Balkans on the path to stability, although there has been considerable regional variation. Some states are now flourishing; others are extremely fragile. The region as a whole, however, appears to be moving gradually towards a secure peace and the consolidation of democratic rule.

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