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Author: Suphan Erkula
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Title: The Balkans Divided: Nationalism, Minorities, and Security (Euro-Atlantic Security Studies)
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Publisher: Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften (June 1, 1996)
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The Balkans Divided: Nationalism, Minorities, and Security (Euro-Atlantic Security Studies) by Suphan Erkula



Contemporary security challenges in and related to the Balkans. Some developments elsewhere on or close to our continent have affected the region’s security and vice versa. The tectonic geopolitical shifts in the early 1990s and the crisis of neutralism and nonalignment led to a radical political and military realignment as practically the entire region has become politically and economically oriented towards the West. The end of the NATO/Warsaw pact confrontation, political fragmentation and the lack of large-scale mineral, energy or other natural resources led to a very considerable decline.

The Balkans Divided : Nationalism, Minorities, and Security - Frankfurt : Peter Lang, 1996. ISBN/ISSN:3631500068. 199 p. : il. 21 cm. (Euro-Atlantic Security Studies ; 1). ID number: 80013089. Type: M. Library Location: 323 /00596. Subject(s): 1. MINORITIES-BALKAN PENINSULA. Added entry(s): 1. NATO Defence College (IT). Unless there is a radical and purposeful shift of Western policy toward mechanisms for collective security and conflict prevention, we are apt to see far more conflict than security in the Balkans. O'Hanlon, Michael Arms Control and Military Stability in the Balkans. ARMS CONTROL TODAY, vol. 26, no. 6, August 1996, p. 3-8. Page 19. - Ortakovski, Vladimir The Position of the Minorities in the Balkans. BALKAN FORUM, vol. 5, no. 1, March 1997, p. 109-1147. Partos, Gabriel Still Europe's Powder-Keg.

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The evolution of the Euro-Atlantic security system in the nineties produced an asymmetry of security-greater in its western part and weaker in its eastern one. Russia was the weaker partner and agreed to cooperate with the West, but raised reservations about the expansion of its multilateral structures, especially NATO, in which it saw a potentially threatening political and military bloc with a Cold War pedigree. The European Union’s security and defense policy in the 21st century has been stagnant. An important cause was the fi nancial crisis of 2008 and the recession that persists in the following years. This stagnation deepened in the years 2014–2016 as a result of the migration crisis and British decision to leave the EU.

New Euro-Atlantic security arrangements are needed. But they can only be built once both the West and Russia accept that the old mechanisms are outdated. Believing that Euro-Atlantic structures can be rebuilt on the Cold War architecture of détente or on the basis of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is not convincing. A radically new approach is needed if the West and Russia want to cooperate. Détente was a Cold War invention designed to introduce predictability into relations between the West and Russia.

The Balkans as a laboratory for Euro-Atlantic post-nationalism. Speech by John Laughland to the conference on European security, Belgrade, 27 June 2012. It is widely accepted that, throughout history, the Balkans has often been the victim of Great Power intervention  . When European leaders met at Maastricht, therefore, their task was to decide how to fashion the continent anew, the old architecture having comprehensively collapsed. They took two major decisions. The first was to abolish the national currencies of the EU and to introduce the euro instead

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The establishment of three International Peace Centres in Sevastopol, Kaliningrad and Cyprus could represent an effective means to implement a new framework for Euro-Atlantic security. These centres could be placed under the auspices of the NATO-Russia Council and work in cooperation with the UN, the OSCE, the European Union, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), NATO’s Partnership for Peace, among other international organisations (and NGOs).

This book examines the evolution of the Euro-Atlantic security system, from cooperation to rivalry and crisis, since the beginning of the 21st century. The central issues to be addressed include theoretical questions and empirical puzzles: How can studies of global power shift and the rise of ‘emerging powers’ benefit from existing theories, and which alternative aspects and theoretical approaches might be suitable?

The monograph analyses the roots of some of the most significant ethnically-based (or ethnically-worded) conflicts in Europe, defines their participants' rationales, and answers the question of how they relate to the issue of European security. It is based on two case studies, former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria. Since the question of secession and self-determination is not that clearcut, the author analyses this ambiguity and examines the options. He discusses the impact of the Balkan crisis on international relations and attempts to go beyond regional security issues and to put the problem of Balkan security into a broader European perspective. This includes addressing the question as to whether NATO membership is the only solution to Eastern Europe's security concerns. In the last chapter the idea of a regional defense structure is analysed.