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Challenges to Security in Southeast Europe

Faculty of Political Science
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After the vigorous engagement of the international community, which resulted in the Dayton Accord, Royamont Initiative, the EU’s Regional Approach, the SECI and, finally, the Stability Pact, it seems that the likeliness of new challenges to the security has been eliminated from Southeastern Europe. The involvement of a number of significant international factors, plus the presence of military forces in the Balkans – whether through SFOR, KFOR or NATO – should all lead us to the conclusion that a possible outbreak of larger conflicts is impossible; moreover, even some other forms of insecurity are almost totally under control. If the security of this region is to be compared to the situation in other parts of Europe, it can be said with certainty that the challenges to security will continue to have their local, as well as their universal foundations. This will make the demands of the international community and local forces – on condition they truly aspire towards Europe – much more dynamic and committed. Only by such systematic efforts will it be possible to overcome the existing situation and create the necessary pre-conditions for the integration of Southeast Europe into Europe proper.

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