Vojislav Koštunica and Serbia's Future

Norman Cigar

SAQI London, 2001.

13 cm, 120 str.

meki povez, latinica

ISBN: 0863569439

The fall of Slobodan Milošević in October 2000, following an electoral defeat, was one of the most dramatic and unexpected events of the last year of the last millennium. Western governments and public opinion feted Vojislav Koštunica, the new President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY), perceiving his victory as marking the definitive advent of democracy to Serbia, and a promise of peace and stability throughout the former Yugoslavia. However, since his assumption of office, it is becoming increasingly clear that strong elements of continuity between the old and new regimes prevail. In this study of Vojislav Koštunica's political formation and general worldview, the author explores what Koštunica really represents for the future of Serbia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. It essentially believes that this new phase is an attempt to preserve a "Greater Serbian" paradigm - relying on institutions like the Orthodox Church and the army - in opposition to more democratic and reform-minded political and civic forces. It argues that the failure to take the necessary steps to ensure democratisation at home and reconciliation with neighbouring states would result in renewed conflict rather than stability.

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