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From the Adriatic to the Caucasus

The Dynamics of (De)stabilization

edited by: Stefano Bianchini
published by: A. Longo editore
pp: 272
ISBN: 88-8063-315-5 
price: € 20.66

Book's frontpage

There are no doubts that the Adriatic-Caspian corridor is currently the most destabilized European area, where the dynamics of destabilization, although triggering off at local level, present a component causing a regional and international fallout effect. In order to investigate both these dimensions, some of the best international experts of the Adriatic-Caspian area met and contribute the present book.
In a first group of contributions, they draw the attention to case-studies, such those the Caspian Region and ex soviet Central Asia, the Nagorno-Karabakh, the Crimea, Transnistria and Moldavia, Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia et the time when Milosevic's uncontested rule gave way to his successor Kostunica.
A second groups of chapters follows, dealing with knotty "transversal" problems concerning space and security; the international "protectorates" over Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia; the role of international aids; the use of myths and symbols in building loyalties to the State; the institutional and political fragility of the States.
In the end, a concluding chapter discusses the interdependence between local destabilizing factors and their regional impact in order to offer to the reader a comprehensive approach and key-elements for interpreting current events.


Table of Contents


Peter M.E.Volten, Introduction. The dynamics of (de)stabilization. Some analytical remarks and an outline

Part One - (De)stabilization in its local dynamics
Albert Bininasvili, The Dynamics of De stabilization in the Caspian and Challenges to NATO
Dittmar Schorkowitz, Explaining Destabilization and Escalation in the PostSoviet Era. With Reference to Nagorno-Karabakh
Francesco Strazzari, The powder-keg that never went up: the parable of the autonomous Crimean Republic
Vladimir Kolossov, A small State vs a Self-proclaimed Republic: Nation-Building, Territorial Identities and Prospects of Conflict Resolution (the Case of Moldova-Transdniestria)
Francesco Privitera, Areas of "restricted tension": Romania and Bulgaria
Jovan Teokarevic, Post Milosevic Serbia in Search of Stability

Part Two - (De)stabilization in its regional dynamics
R. Craig Nation, An arc of crisis? Strategic environment from the Adriatic to the Caspian
Mario Zucconi, "Protectorates" in the Balkans: Defining the present status and looking at the future of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo
Stefano Bianchini, Political legitimacy and "weak states"
George Schöpflin, Myth
Zarko Papic, International Support Policies. Lessons (not) learned in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Conclusions by Stefano Bianchini
List of Contributors



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