This book outlines the main security threats, actors, and processes in the Western Balkans following the dissolution of Yugoslavia. Exploring the state of peace and security in the region it asks if a stable peace is achievable. The comparative framework explores state perspectives – from Serbia, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, and Kosovo – alongside military, political-societal, economic, and environmental security concerns. The interplay of international actors is also considered. Academics, scholars, and practitioners who deal with Balkan issues, either as a focus or comparatively, and have interests in security and peace studies will find the volume invaluable along with students of political science, security studies, peace studies, area studies (Eastern European studies and/or Southeast European studies), and international studies in general.

chapter 1|12 pages

How to Study Peace and Security in the Western Balkans

ByNemanja Džuverović

part 1|114 pages

Local Level

chapter 2|15 pages

Conflicting Peace in Post-War Serbia

Radicalisation and Extremism as Security Threats
ByGoran Tepšić

chapter 3|20 pages

Building Sustainable Peace and Security in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dancing in a Vicious Circle
ByBojana Zorić, Věra Stojarová

chapter 4|20 pages

Albania Moving from Security Receiver to Security Provider

ByDorian Jano
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chapter 5|18 pages

A Bottom-up Perspective on Peace and Security in North Macedonia

Turbulent Violent Past versus Uncertain Future?
ByIvan Stefanovski

chapter 6|18 pages

Kosovo 1

The Achilles' Heel of Balkan Security
ByJiří Němec, Věra Stojarová

chapter 7|21 pages

Building Cohesive National Security and Stability

The Case of Montenegro
ByOlivera Injac, Todor Goranović

part 2|86 pages

Regional Level

chapter 8|27 pages

Military Dynamics, Conventional Arms Control, and Regional Security in the Western Balkans

ByFilip Ejdus, Tijana Rečević, Marko Kovačević

chapter 9|20 pages

Political and Societal Security in the Western Balkans

One Step Forward, Two Steps Backward
ByVěra Stojarová

chapter 10|15 pages

From Confrontation to Cooperation

Economic Security in the Western Balkans 1
ByAleksandar Milošević

chapter 11|22 pages

From Reconstruction to Transition?

Environmental Security in the Western Balkans
ByEmma Hakala

part 3|74 pages

International Level

chapter 12|19 pages

A Relay Race for Peace

The Approaches of the EU and the US to Bringing Stability and Democracy to the Western Balkans Region
ByJasmin Hasić

chapter 13|21 pages

Russia and China in the Western Balkans

The Spoiler Power and the Unexpected Power
ByVuk Vuksanović

chapter 14|25 pages

Partners or Security Challengers?

The Implications of the Presence of Turkey, the Gulf States, and Iran in the Western Balkans
ByMurat Önsoy, Hamdi Fırat Büyük

chapter 15|7 pages

Sustainable Peace in the Western Balkans

Utopia or Achievable Future?
ByVěra Stojarová, Nemanja Džuverović