Bücher | Books - Part 36

posted by usha on 2007/10/20 11:46

[ Bücher | Books ]

Arben Hajrullahu, former co-author of the weblog SEE-EU announces his monography on Long Term Peace in the Western Balkans through EU-Integration (to be published by Nomos, ISBN 978-3-8329-2975-6).

Drawing on the example of the Kosovo conflict, Arben Hajrullahu tries to explain how the EU integration process in the
Western Balkans can lead to a sustainable “positive peace”. This book for the first time links a comprehensive political, historical, and social analysis of the Serbian-Kosovar conflict to a study of the EU integration process in the Western Balkan region.

Hajrullahu does not consider the EU integration process to be a “recipe for peace” for the Western Balkans. Only under certain conditions can the EU integration of Kosovo and Serbia lead to a sustainable “positive peace” in the region. This state of peace will only be achieved if the Western Balkan countries overcome ethnonationalist politics, acknowledge each other as equal partners, enhance their communication and co-operation, and see the EU integration and globalization as a chance for the future.

The author further argues that the EU should revise its strategy in the Western Balkans and avoid double standards.

Not only researchers on South Eastern Europe will find this book helpful: it will provide anyone interested in history and politics a good overview of the causes of the Serbian-Kosovar conflict and of the integration processes in the Western Balkan region.


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