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Will the Real Serbia Please Stand Up?

Europe Briefing N°49 , 23 April 2008

Kosovo’s independence declaration on 17 February 2008 sent shock waves through Serbia’s politics and society, polarising the former in a manner not seen since the Milosevic era.

Recent Reports

Will the Real Serbia Please Stand Up?, Europe Briefing N°49 , 23 Apr 2008

Kosovo’s independence declaration on 17 February 2008 sent shock waves through Serbia’s politics and society, polarising the former in a manner not seen since the Milosevic era.

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Serbia: Maintaining Peace in the Presevo Valley, Europe Report N°186, 16 Oct 2007

Southern Serbia’s Albanian-majority Presevo Valley is one of the rare conflict resolution success stories in the former Yugoslavia. Outwardly, it is increasingly normal, with no major incidents in over three years. Yet, tensions linger: massive unemployment is still the single largest problem but the shadow of Kosovo’s future status darkens the political landscape.

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Serbia's New Government: Turning from Europe, Europe Briefing N°46, 31 May 2007

Serbia finally has a new government but one that is deeply divided between pro-Western and nationalist forces. Facing two difficult issues – Kosovo status and cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) – its choice is between moving towards European integration or on to a more isolationist path.

Serbia's New Constitution: Democracy Going Backwards, Europe Briefing N°44, 8 Nov 2006

Premier Vojislav Kostunica won a high stakes gamble with passage of Serbia’s draft constitution in the 28-29 October referendum. However, numerous credible reports indicate the process was deeply flawed and the result falsified. The referendum cannot be characterised as either free or fair. The new constitution could prove a step away from European values.

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Southern Serbia: In Kosovo's Shadow, Europe Briefing N°43, 27 Jun 2006

Southern Serbia’s Albanian-majority Presevo Valley is a still incomplete Balkan success story. Since international and Serbian government diplomacy resolved an ethnic Albanian insurgency in 2001, donors and Belgrade have invested significant resources to undo a legacy of human rights violations and improve the economy.

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Serbia: Spinning its Wheels, Europe Briefing N°39, 23 May 2005

Serbia has used the first months of 2005 to good effect, instituting a major policy change on cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague (ICTY) and sending signals that it is somewhat more willing to engage both the international community and Kosovo Albanians in dialogue about that province's status.

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Serbia's Sandzak: Still Forgotten, Europe Report N°162, 8 Apr 2005

Whenever Balkan politicians discuss Kosovo's future status they warn of a "domino effect". One area frequently mentioned as vulnerable and a possible flashpoint of new violence is Serbia's Sandzak, an ethnically-mixed Muslim-Slav (Bosniak) majority region sandwiched between Montenegro, Kosovo and Bosnia.

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Serbia's Changing Political Landscape, Europe Briefing N°32, 22 Jul 2004

On 11 July 2004, Boris Tadic was inaugurated as Serbia's first president since December 2002. Voters chose Tadic in the second round of the election, on 27 June, by a vote of 53 per cent over the ultra-nationalist Tomislav Nikolic of the Serbian Radical Party (SRS). Tadic's victory suggests that a slim majority of the electorate wants to see Serbia on a pro-European reform course.

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Serbia's U-Turn, Europe Report N°154 , 26 Mar 2004

In politics and policies, Serbia increasingly resembles the Milosevic-era without Milosevic. Its reaction to the catastrophic mid-March 2004 near collapse of the UN mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), the strong showing by ultra-nationalists in the 28 December 2003 parliamentary elections and the subsequent two-months of squabbling before democratic parties could form a minority government that depends for survival on the support of Milosevic's old party all are signs that more trouble lies ahead.

Southern Serbia's Fragile Peace, Europe Report N°152, 9 Dec 2003

The Albanian-majority Presevo Valley in southern Serbia is one of the few conflict resolution success stories in the former Yugoslavia. Yet tensions linger, and a series of violent incidents in August and September 2003 demonstrated that the peace can still unravel.

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The Banality of Evil

James Lyon
Tribunal Update (IWPR), 23 Jul 2008

Serbia: "Double Trouble"

, James Lyon
The Guardian, 14 Nov 2007

Serbie : l'Europe doit rester ferme

Chris Patten
Le Monde, 18 Oct 2007

Antes Mladic, después las negociaciones

Chris Patten
El Mundo (Spain), 17 Oct 2007
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