Western Flexibility to Prevent the Simmering Balkans from Flaring Again

Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“Two European political hot spots from the 1990s are back in the headlines. Bosnian Serb leaders have renewed their push for enhanced autonomy, if not outright independence, for their Republika Srpska, one of the two largely autonomous ‘republics’ comprising the fragile country of Bosnia. … Farther south in Kosovo, the level of tensions may be even more worrisome than in Bosnia. … If Western governments truly fear that the emergence of an independent Republika Srpska might lead to the resumption of Bosnia’s civil war, the logical alternative would be for the European powers to police the partition process with their military forces until that danger recedes. Although not ideal, such an approach is decidedly superior to insisting on the preservation of a dysfunctional country that a major segment of its population loathes.” (01/23/23)

US and European leaders also need to be far more flexible regarding the Kosovo issue.