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02 Mar 2015 description

In January 2015, Serbia took over the chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), succeeding Switzerland. In addition to the urgency of the Ukrainian crisis, the issue of reconciliation and strengthening regional cooperation in the Western Balkans remains a current topic. More than 15 years after the end of the Yugoslav wars, many challenges remain. How far along is the reconciliation process in the Western Balkans? What is the outcome of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia?

02 Jul 2012 description

2nd July 2012 / No. 109 - Sudan & South Sudan

KOFF – swisspeace

  • ƒƒKOFF Roundtable: Prospects for Sudan and South Sudan

  • MSP: Support to Local Actors in Peacemaking Efforts in Myanmar

  • KOFF Roundtable: Security and Humanitarian Access in Afghanistan

  • Peacebuilding in the Balkans

  • 2011 from a swisspeace perspective

Focus

  • Sudan and South Sudan: Why Has Separation Not Improved Relations? ƒƒ

30 Sep 2007 description

Political

This period was marked by exceptional tensions between the ruling and the opposition parties (see graph) of the political blocks of the ethnic Macedonians and the ethnic Albanians. The antagonistic atmosphere was most visibly expressed in the work of the parliament and was intensified during this reporting period due to the efforts of the government to prosecute high profile executives and officials of the former government for alleged corruption.

31 May 2007 description

Political

The dominant political issues during April-May 2007 were related to the "political dialog" between the ruling VMRO-DPMNE party and the opposition ethnic Albanian Democratic Union for Integration (DUI), which had boycotted the parliament for the previous four months. The bi-partisan dialog initially imposed upon them by the international community was seen as a practical method for overcoming the differences between the government and the opposition DUI.

31 Mar 2007 description

International

During this reporting period, the dispute with Greece over the name issue continued to play an important role in the international agenda of Macedonia due to intensified diplomatic efforts by Greece to reverse the increasingly widespread recognition of Macedonia's constitutional name. Greek Foreign Minister Bacoyannis visited the UN and the US seeking support for a settlement acceptable to Athens. Greek Prime Minister Karamanlis openly threatened that if the name issue is not solved soon, Greece will boycott Macedonia's membership in the EU and NATO.