Nationalism is again on the rise in the Western Balkans
After a quarter-century of unsuccessful reconciliation and slow economic growth, no Pax Balcanica is in sight
Encouraging “regional unions” could be a way to salvage multiethnic states
More than two decades after the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords, the post-Yugoslav model of multiethnic states in the Western Balkans is under severe stress. The setup has failed to bring long-term stability or prosperity to the region. The divisive Sept. 25, 2016 national holiday referendum in Republika Srpska was only the latest in a chain of events that heighten the urgency of rethinking the political architecture of the Balkans.