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Regional Cooperation, Peace Enforcement, and the Role of the Treaties in the Balkans

edited by: Stefano Bianchini, Joseph Marko, Craig Nation and Milica Uvalić
published by: A. Longo Editore
pp: 288
ISBN: 978-88-8063-542-0
price: € 25.00

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More than ten years after the conclusion of the Dayton Accords, the treaty regimes pieced together by the international community to sustain a fragile peace in the Balkans after the disintegration of former Yugoslavia have begun to fray, but no comprehensive program for a new regional order has been crafted to replace them.
This timely study evaluates the state of post-conflict peace building efforts in Southeastern Europe and highlights the need to look beyond existing legal frameworks if peaceful reconstruction in the Balkan region is to be sustained. Drawn from the proceedings of a major international conference, the essays assembled here represent the perspectives of both policymakers and academic scholars, and include a broad and representative sampling of perspectives from within the region itself.
The Balkans is entering a new phase of post-conflict development where old solutions and inherited structures are losing their relevance. This study seeks to define positive alternatives within a broad-based regional framework. It should be essential reading for all those interested in the future of Europe and the southeastern European area.


Table of Contents

Stefano Bianchini, Introduction. The Balkans, reform of the treaties, and European integration: the challenges of stabilization not yet achieved

Part One - In view of Balkan Stabilization: new Challenges and Lessons Learned
Vesna Pešić, The Principles of International Law in the Peace Treaties and Agreements of the Yugoslav Wars: Their Relevance to the Search for Stability in the Region
Miroljub Labus, The Role of the Treaties in the Balkans: "The Fifth Treaty"
Biljana Vankovska, The Role of the Ohrid Framework Agreement and the Peace Process in Macedonia

Part Two - Reshaping Statehood: Constitutional Reforms and Political Implications in the perspective of the EU Integration
Joseph Marko, Constitutions and Good Governance: Challenges for Post-Conflict Reconstruction and EU-Integration
Zoran Pajić, Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Statehood Crossroads
Marijana Pajvančić, The New Constitution of Serbia and the Autonomy of Vojvodina: a Comparative Analysis of the Constitution of Serbia
Enver Hoxhaj, The Politics of Partition in Kosovo: Ethnicity, Territoriality, and Nation-building
Francesco Privitera, Europe and the Balkans: A Mirror Image

Part Three - Building a Sustainable Economy in the Regional Context
Milica Uvalić, Attracting Foreign Direct Investment in Southeast Europe-Challenges for Regional Cooperation
Will Bartlett, Regional Cooperation and Regional Divergence: the Inequalising Effects of Free Trade Agreements in the Western Balkans
Matteo Ferrazzi, Trade and Foreign Direct Investments in the Western Balkans: the Role of Italy

Part Four - The Regional Security Enforcement and its International Players
R. Craig Nation, Security in Balkan Europe: Premises and Prospects
Dušan Janjić, Kosovo: Security Risks
Emil J. Kirchner and Marek Hanusch,  The EU as a Security Actor: The Case of Bosnia

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