Kosovo's Crisis: Genesis of a Problem
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The end of the Cold War and collapse of the USSR opened the door to a remapping of the borders between states and the formation of new ones in Europe and Asia. The Balkans, with all of its diversity and ethnic divisions, was a suitable ground for turbulent changes. Serbia, together with Montenegro, formed the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FRY on April 27, 1992 as a successor to the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia, and with that they inherited the problem of Kosovo and Metohija. This paper will analyze the Serbia and Kosovo problem. It will summarize the historical background to explain why Kosovo is so important to Serbians, describe the genesis of the current problem as a result of the rise of Albanian nationalism, analyze the proposed solutions to the problem, and estimate the likelihood that an acceptable solution for both sides, the Serbians and the Kosovo Albanians, can be found.
- Government and Political Science
- Sociology and Law
- Humanities and History