For the states of the former Yugoslavia,
the last decade was characterized by autocratic governance, armed conflict,
and ethnic cleansing. Ever since the fighting ended, the international
community and some local leaders have recognized that systemic political,
economic, and social reforms are needed to build legitimacy, transparency,
and the rule of law. But it hasn't happened yet.
The Center for Preventive Action, a project
of the Council on Foreign Relations, designed the "Balkans 2010"
Independent Task Force as an endeavor to prevent conflict by promoting