Macedonia: Warlords and Rebels in the Balkans

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The disintegration of Yugoslavia in the 1990s shattered the Balkans, unleashing the horror of extreme nationalism. Macedonia seemed to have been spared the bloodletting. In reality, it was only postponed. The newly independent Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia remains a powder-keg waiting to explode.

Journalist John Phillips describes the bloody rebellion initiated by Albanian guerrillas demanding rights equal to those of the dominant Slavs in Macedonia, a conflict that killed and wounded hundreds of people and set off fears that the crisis would draw in surrounding Kosovo, Albania, Bulgaria, and Greece. International intervention brought an uneasy halt to the bloodshed in the summer of 2001, but hardline Macedonian nationalists—including some under investigation by the international war crimes tribunal—have hindered full implementation of the peace agreement and may renew their campaign.

John Phillips has covered both the fighting on the front lines and the behind-the-scenes diplomatic intrigue in Macedonia. Now, presenting the events, politics, and personalities, he shows how the instability in Macedonia threatens any hope of a lasting peace in the Balkans.

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Editorial Reviews

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Respected journalist John Phillips has covered front-line fighting in Macedonia as well as behind-the-scenes diplomatic intrigue. In this enlightening and unbiased report, he chronicles the recent ethnic conflicts and the unchecked political corruption, warning that Macedonia remains a powder keg the West must resolve to defuse.

"This is a cogent, judicious, layman-friendly journalistic report on an important, woefully under-covered conflict. Phillips does well in capturing the complexity—political, moral, communal—of the various sides; it doesn't oversimplify either the villainy of the villains or the virtues of the good guys."—Strobe Talbott, Brookings Institution

Foreign Affairs
The six-month war in Macedonia in 2001 between ethnic Albanians and ethnic Macedonians so imitated a decade of prior conflicts in the former Yugoslavia that surfeited Americans scarcely noticed. The Europeans, however, did, and in one of the first effective interventions by the EU, they managed to halt it before it boiled over the country's borders. Phillips, a journalist, was there, and is well placed to disentangle the complex interplay among the dramatis personae, including key political figures, many conflicting factions, freebooters, and emissaries from the international community. Because Macedonia has long been the invidious object of competing Greek, Bulgarian, Albanian, and Serbian foreign policies, and because it is a fire zone for the barely contained problem of a "greater Albania," the stakes are high. Phillips sympathizes with the long-suffering Albanian minority, but not with the Kosovar Albanian extremists who came from the outside to tear the country apart — nor with the U.S. diplomats who too facilely embraced Albanian minority rights.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300102680
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/20/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

John Phillips has been a correspondent with the Times, London since 1992, covering Italy as well as the Croatian and Bosnian wars. Since 2000 he has been stationed in the Balkans, reporting on the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic in Yugoslavia and the conflicts involving ethnic Albanian guerrillas in Macedonia and southern Serbia.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Southern Serbian prelude 1
Ch. 2 Historical introduction 15
Ch. 3 Yugoslav Republic 33
Ch. 4 Macedonian independence and affirmation, 1990-1999 48
Ch. 5 On the brink of conflict 79
Ch. 6 'War in Toytown' 85
Ch. 7 The slide into civil war 103
Ch. 8 An outbreak of peace? 117
Ch. 9 Warlords and peacekeepers 137
Ch. 10 What options for Macedonia? 161
Ch. 11 Implementation of Ohrid 188
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