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Minority Rights and Conflict: From Managing Conflict to Managing Diversity

Minority Rights and Conflict: From Managing Conflict to Managing Diversity B SPECIAL FOCUS MINORITY RIGHTS AND CONFLICT Tove H. Malloy * Minority Rights and Confl ict: From Managing Confl ict to Managing Diversity Serious violations of human and minority rights marked the wars and confl icts involv- ing ethnic minority groups that erupted following the dissolution of the commu- nist Republic of Yugoslavia. Despite the widespread concern that surrounded these events, the reaction of the international community was by and large one of reactive confl ict management frequently characterized by weak or poorly coordinated policy approaches. Th e European Union (EU) eventually adopted a focused strategy towards the Western Balkan confl icts, resulting in the implementation of the Stability Pact and the Stabilization and Association Process (SAP). While these policy measures succeeded in bringing increased stability and peace as well as began the process of social and economic reconstruction, they did not provide a panacea for all regional tensions. Much of society in the former Yugoslav republics is more divided along ethnic lines than before the confl ict. Human rights are not a part of the cultural ethics. Th e basic societal problem to be resolved from the perspective of liberal democratic governance is the question of how to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Minority Rights and Conflict: From Managing Conflict to Managing Diversity

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2211-6117
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10.1163/22116117-90001634
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B SPECIAL FOCUS MINORITY RIGHTS AND CONFLICT Tove H. Malloy * Minority Rights and Confl ict: From Managing Confl ict to Managing Diversity Serious violations of human and minority rights marked the wars and confl icts involv- ing ethnic minority groups that erupted following the dissolution of the commu- nist Republic of Yugoslavia. Despite the widespread concern that surrounded these events, the reaction of the international community was by and large one of reactive confl ict management frequently characterized by weak or poorly coordinated policy approaches. Th e European Union (EU) eventually adopted a focused strategy towards the Western Balkan confl icts, resulting in the implementation of the Stability Pact and the Stabilization and Association Process (SAP). While these policy measures succeeded in bringing increased stability and peace as well as began the process of social and economic reconstruction, they did not provide a panacea for all regional tensions. Much of society in the former Yugoslav republics is more divided along ethnic lines than before the confl ict. Human rights are not a part of the cultural ethics. Th e basic societal problem to be resolved from the perspective of liberal democratic governance is the question of how to

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Feb 9, 2010

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