Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, are names that did not all appear on the map a few decades ago, yet they comprise a region, the Balkans, that has suffered centuries of ethnic conflict. In the recent past, the Balkans experienced state-sponsored ethnic cleansing, criminal rulers and the internal usurpation of power and land. Crisis Group analyzes the root causes of the conflict and develops policy prescriptions for enduring peace.
Your donation will support the work of Crisis Group’s team based in Kosovo and allow Crisis Group to monitor the evolution of events in the Balkans region, assessing their significance, inter-relationship and wider impact. In particular, Crisis Group will examine the Dayton framework; refugee return; the need for accelerated economic and structural reform; foreign aid; political change in Republika Srpska; organised crime and corruption in Bosnia; the peace process and Kosovo's legal status as well as UN efforts to establish local self-government; the ethnic Albanian political scene; the security situation; reconstruction; and in Serbia, institutional and economic reform, tackling corruption, the development of independent media and civil society, and the challenges facing the Serbian authorities. Giving your support to Crisis Group’s Balkans project means supporting important research and advocacy work to promote lasting peace in this precarious region. For more information on this project please go to www.crisisgroup.org.