Focuses on politics and conflict in the Balkans region of Europe

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This article focuses on politics and conflict in the Balkans region of Europe following the dissolution of Yugoslavia. First, it briefly characterizes the nature of the conflicts in the region and some of the resulting issues that plague the seven countries that formerly composed Yugoslavia, such as rampant organized crime. This article examines some of the key questions on the minds of policy makers and scholars, including the likelihood of another Balkan war, whether or not European Union (EU) membership can alleviate some of the region’s problems, and if NATO should keep troops in the Balkans. It traces the roots of ethnic, religious, and cultural tensions among the Balkan countries, as well as the rise and fall of the state of Yugoslavia. Finally, this article discusses some of the current hot button issues, such as the Euro crisis and justice for war crimes, and provides a prognosis for peace in the region.

There is a range of opinions on whether more war will break out among the Balkan countries. What do experts believe are the three main outlooks for regional war? Where are the hot spots for conflict?
Jelko Kacin asserts that as Balkan states join the EU, it will create a “domino effect.” What is meant by the term domino effect? Why is EU membership desired among Balkan countries?
Which country is the dominant force within NATO? Why is this fact important to Balkan countries?
How are the war crimes trial perceived in Serbia?