European Politics Essay

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Serbia Conflict Resolution and Policy Paper The crisis between Croatia and Serbia is deep rooted and unlikely to be resolved without the continuous implementation of policy with efforts to resolve the conflict. The Yugoslav state union, founded in 1918, entered the union in its single constitutive parts having different intentions and motives. The myth of Greater Serbia was repeatedly restored when conditions were favorable in the region. Since 1986, the international community has witnessed Serbian aggression lead to the breakdown of Yugoslavia and has seen war presented in Croatia. The ICG (International Crisis Group) has been taking an active role in the resolution of the conflict at hand, producing over twenty five policy reports that have actively analyzed the events that have taken place in Serbian region. Past focus of the ICG has been concentrated in Belgrade dealing in the Kosovo crisis. "The Yugoslavia president, Slobodan Milosevic, dominated political life in Serbia and the Serb opposition, particularly in the run up to the Yugoslav presidential elections of 24 September, 2000." 1. (www.intl-crisisgroup.org) Now that the once dominating Milosevic is no longer in power, "ICG aims to focus on the challenges facing the Serbian authorities, the development of independent media and civil society, constitutional relations with Kosovo and Montenegro, and institutional and economic reform." 2 (www. intl-crisisgroup.org) The ICG is a private organization that is a service to the international community by a means of providing understanding. The multinational organization strengthens efforts to prevent and contain conflicts. Brussels is the home of the ICG, which also has offices in Washington, Paris, and New York. The Democratic Opposition of Serbia (DOS) has been suffering from internal conflicts within the organization. These feuds have been fueled by the closest advisers of Yugosla Vojislav Kostunica, which could mean a break up of the coalition. As a result, the Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) lead by Kostunica has been exposed for intent on preserving parts that were installed by the Milosevic Regime. This argument could lead to new elections putting the state's government in the spotlight and allowing accountability to be taken. "Kostunica's DSS led the attacks against a group of reform-oriented, pragmatic politicians centered mostly around the Democratic Party (DS)." 3. (www.intl-crisis-group.org) The attack has lead to the change in Serbian politics and affected the coalition. The DSS and the DOS have been able to work out differences but may have affected the rate and the level of political and economical reform. The extent of the damage that was done may have hindered the cooperation of Yugoslavia with other Balkan states as well as the international community. This has resulted in the lack of civilian control over military forces.The feud in the DOS has presented a number of problems in the...

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