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Stabilization and Progress in the Western Balkans

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


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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Notes on Contributors DUŠAN T. BATAKOVI is a Serbian historian and diplomat, currently ambassador of Serbia to France. He holds a PhD from the Univer- sity of Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV. His specialty is modern and con- temporary Serbian and Balkan history. Formerly Director of the Insti- tute for Balkan Studies, he holds the post of Assistant Professor at the University of Belgrade and of Vice-Director of the Institute for Balkan Studies at the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is Editor-in-Chief of the annual of the Institute for Balkan Studies, Balcanica. His major books are: The Kosovo Chronicles (1992); Kosovo. La spirale de la haine (1993 and 1998); La Yougoslavie: nations, religions, idéologies (1994); The Serbs of Bosnia and Herzegovina. History and Politics (1996); Histoire du peuple serbe (ed.) (2005); Kosovo i Metohija, istorija i ideologija (2006–7); Kosovo and Metohija. Living in the Enclave (ed.) (2007); Kosovo. Un conflit sans fin? (2008); La France et la Serbie. Une alliance atypique 1870 –1940 (2010). MARIE-JANINE CALIC is Professor for East and Southeast European History at the University of Munich and Dean of the Faculty of His- tory and Arts. She holds a guest professorship at the College of Europe. She is the editor of the journal Südosteuropa. Away from her place of permanent employment, she held the position of Political Adviser to the Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South- eastern Europe in Brussels (1999–2002) and had other international assignments. She has published and...

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