|About the Book|
Regional cooperation has become a distinctive feature of Balkan politics, an area known for turbulence and ethnic conflict. Since the war in Kosovo a network of multilateral institutions, from the Regional Cooperation Council to the Energy Community, have reshaped relations between states in wider South East Europe (the Western Balkans, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Moldova). The disintegration of Yugoslavia in the 1990s was followed by a decade of political normalization, economic growth and gradual integration into Western institutions and at the regional level. Exploring the origins and dynamics of this change, this book highlights the transformative power of the EU along with other international actors such as NATO, the US and the international financial Institutions. It highlights the historical roots of the process by looking at the Balkans identity as a periphery of Western Europe, exposed to waves of institutional and ideological borrowings since the early 19th century.