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Stabilization and Progress in the Western Balkans

Proceedings of the Symposium 2010, Basel, Switzerland September 17-19

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Edited By Dusan Simko and Ueli Mäder

For more than a decade, the Balkans have been a centre of crisis – armed conflicts have brought death, expulsion, destruction and untold suffering to the people. The postwar efforts of the West have failed to bring lasting stability and real progress so far.
The Symposium at Basel University was an interdisciplinary event where complex issues were elucidated by historians, geographers, sociologists and political scientists. The event enabled East and West European scholars and their American counterparts to exchange their somewhat divergent views. The speakers covered a broad range of subjects: historical causes, aspects of postwar economic and social development as well as sociocultural consequences of the democratization process. Special attention was devoted to the situation of minorities, the refugee problem and the security situation in the fragile states of the West Balkans and also to the responsibility of the EU and USA for the general stagnation in the area.
The Symposium was intended to illustrate differing interpretations of the events of the past ten years and to encourage discussion between speakers and participants at the event.

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Table of Contents List of Participants ...................................................................... 7 DUŠAN ŠIMKO / UELI MÄDER Introduction ................................................................................. 9 JASON DITTMER / DAVID A. PARR Mediating Sovereignty: A Comparative Latent Semantic Analysis of US Newspapers and Conflicts in Kosovo and South Ossetia ................................. 11 JAN RYCHLÍK The Breakup of Yugoslavia – The Reasons and Consequences .................................................. 41 ROZITA DIMOVA ‘Duldung’ Trauma: Displacement, Protection and ‘Tolerance’ of the Srebrenica Survivors in Berlin ...................... 51 MARIE-JANINE CALIC International Peace Building in Semi-Independent Kosovo: Lessons Not Learned ................................................................... 61 MIROSLAV SVIREVI History of Civil War in Bosnia-Herzegovina 1992–5: The Carrington-Cutileiro Peace Plan .......................................... 83 IVO SAMSON International Law and Conflicts .................................................. 95 DUŠAN T. BATAKOVI The Kosovo Aftermath: Challenges and Perspectives .................109 6 Table of Contents CHARLES INGRAO Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies: The Scholars’ Initiative ................................................................139 ALEX JEFFREY Civil Society and Transitional Justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina ...........................................................................163 ALEKSA DJILAS De Gaulle’s Vision of Europe and the Problems of the Contemporary Balkans.......................................................181 Notes on Contributors ..................................................................195

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