Endgame in the Balkans: Regime Change, European Style

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Brookings Institution Press, Aug 29, 2007 - Political Science - 412 pages

Can Europe tame the Balkans? That's the question veteran journalist Elizabeth Pond addresses in this timely and absorbing book. Starting with the wars of the Yugoslav succession, Endgame in the Balkans guides readers through the region's tumultuous recent history and explores both how the lure of European Union (EU) membership has affected the Balkans and how Balkan developments have shaped the EU. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, as well as decades of experience as a foreign correspondent, Pond moves deftly across the region, from Bulgaria to Romania, Kosovo, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Albania, and Serbia and Montenegro. She examines the many hurdles standing between these countries and EU membership—including poverty, corruption, and rabid chauvinism—as well as the hopes and problems that have led Balkan leaders to look to the West. In the process, she paints a vivid picture of the challenges facing the region as it seeks to vault from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. Already in its brief history, the European Union has forged a historic reconciliation between France and Germany and helped consolidate democracy in Portugal, Spain, and Greece. But in southeastern Europe, it faces one of its most difficult tasks yet. En dgame in the Balkans reveals the full extent of this challenge, as well as the grounds for hope. Rich in detail and penetrating analysis, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in the future both of the region and of Europe as a whole.

 

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Extremely one-sided and dismissive of the legitimate questions asked by the Serbian side. Arrogant in attitude towards the Balkan peoples as a whole and highly prejudiced against specific ethnic and religious groups (Christian Orthodox primarily). Writing is based on the questionable validity of the interviews. The book aims more at justifying American interventionism, rather than to shed a light on what was going on there. Very poor reading. 

Contents

Introduction
1
The Wars of the Yugoslav Succession
9
Reinventing Bulgaria
39
Reinventing Romania
68
Taming Kosovo
98
Revising Daytons Bosnia
140
Rescuing Macedonia
168
Inventing Albania
188
Europeanizing the Balkans
240
Reaching Critical Mass
270
Notes
285
References
353
Interviews
373
Index
389
Back Flap
413
Back Cover
414

Demythologizing Serbia and Montenegro
210

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Elizabeth Pond is a journalist based in Germany. Currently a correspondent for the Washington Quarterly, she was a longtime European correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor. She is the author, most recently, of Friendly Fire: The Near-Death of the Transatlantic Alliance (Brookings, 2003) and The Rebirth of Europe (Brookings, revised 2002).

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