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Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe Volume 2: International and Transnational Factors$
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Jan Zielonka and Alex Pravda

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199244096

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019924409X.001.0001

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The Internationalization of Ethnic Strife

The Internationalization of Ethnic Strife

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(p.139) 5 The Internationalization of Ethnic Strife
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Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe Volume 2: International and Transnational Factors
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S. Neil MacFarlane (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019924409X.003.0006

Describes a series of active sub‐state conflicts involving ethnicity and interethnic struggles for power and resources in southeastern and Eastern Europe. These are seen as having significant implications for European security and evoking an array of international responses. These responses raised important questions about the boundary between civil and international politics, the changing meaning of sovereignty in international politics, and the capacity of external actors to regulate internal disputes. The discussion about the internationalization of ethnic strife begins with an investigation of the nature of ethnicity and ethnic conflict and of the parameters of internationalization and its relationship to democratization. The chapter then proceeds on an analysis of the record of efforts by international actors to control this post‐Cold War problem in European security. The chapter concludes by considering the effectiveness of these responses and their implications for the European system. It highlights the difficulties of dealing with ethnic disputes through hegemonic and multilateral efforts and considers the factors affecting the transition from management to political settlement.

Keywords:   democratization, Eastern Europe, ethnic disputes, ethnicity, European security, inter‐ethnic conflict, Southeastern Europe, sovereignty, sub‐state conflicts

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