Kosovo: The Regional Dimension

The Independent International Commission on Kosovo

in The Kosovo Report

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780199243099
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599538 | DOI:
Kosovo: The Regional Dimension

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Examines past obstacles and presents opportunities for the development of regional cooperation, which, in the long run, remains a necessary precondition for peace and stability in south‐eastern Europe. Three dimensions of regional destabilization are addressed: the final disintegration of Yugoslavia (Serbia, Montenegro, Vojvodina), the direct destabilization of Kosovo's immediate neighbours (Macedonia and Albania) and the negative impact on other regional actors (Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, etc.). The chapter also summarizes the economic impact of the NATO intervention and the mixed record of the Stability Pact designed to foster post‐conflict regional cooperation. It argues that the real test for the moral issues that legitimized the intervention in Kosovo will be the European Union's (EU) ability to sustain a long‐term commitment to help establish a European future for the Balkans.

Keywords: Albania; Balkans; destabilization; economy; European Union; Macedonia; NATO; regional cooperation; Stability Pact; Yugoslavia

Chapter.  9467 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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