Koktsidis, Pavlos I.
Ethnic Conflict in FYR Macedonia and the Balkans
Year of Publication: 2012
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2012. XVI, 261 pp., 8 tables
ISBN 978-3-0343-0148-0 pb. (Softcover)
Weight: 0.410 kg, 0.904 lbs
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Since the end of the Cold War, the consolidation of peace and security in south-eastern Europe has been one of the most complex and troublesome issues facing the international community. The sequence of conflicts in the Balkans has resulted in serious loss of life, economic collapse, and a number of controversial interventions, leading contemporary scholars to reconsider old perceptions about violent ethnic conflict. Drawing on a wealth of theoretical and empirical sources, this book tackles some of the prevailing questions on the root causes and management of ethnic conflict. Under what conditions do ethnic minorities become violent? How credible are the theories of «relative deprivation» and «greed» in explaining the outbreak of conflict? Is the use of coercive diplomacy a superior alternative to direct military forms of intervention? This book provides an analytical account of the socio-economic roots of ethnic conflict, the opportunities for violent mobilization and the success of strategic coercion in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and it also examines related developments in Kosovo and the Balkans.
Contents: Ethnic Conflict from a Strategic Perspective – The Collapse of Socialist Yugoslavia – Relative Deprivation – The Strategic Environment – Management of the Albanian Insurgency – Strategic Coercion and the Backlash Effect.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
Pavlos I. Koktsidis holds a PhD in the study of security and conflict analysis from Queen’s University, Belfast. His research focuses on the causation and violent transformation of ethnic conflict, peace-building, terrorism and counter-terrorism, with a particular emphasis on south-eastern Europe. He is a Security and Conflict Analyst and lectures in International Security and Sociology at CITY College, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, Greece and at DEI College, Registered Centre of the University of London International Programmes, Greece.
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