Yugoslavia The Old Demons Arise

After the collapse of totalitarianism in Central Europe, the fractious Balkans face new instability

Neither centuries under Turkish and Austro-Hungarian domination nor more than four decades of communist rule have obliterated the ethnic passions that made the Balkans a synonym for fractious politics. Now, with the communist world crumbling, new instability may follow the glum quiet of the Pax Sovietica. The peril exists side by side with the opportunity for healthy change, but the current political ferment of Eastern Europe is an inherently volatile mix in which old demons -- belligerent nationalism and demagogic populism -- could win out as easily as liberal democracy.

Nowhere are destabilizing and potentially disruptive forces more clearly displayed than...

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