54 Yugoslavia lead to the conclusion that the cscE as well as the Ec have acted as a 'regional arrangement' or 'agency' in relation to security issues. It may well be called upon again to assist in managing transition in the next phase of re-organizing the state-system in Central, Eastern and South- eastern Europe. The Helsinki Follow-up meeting from March through June 1992 can be the occasion to integrate institutional lessons learned in the Yugoslav crisis. Some Comments on the Civil War in Yugoslavia A. W.M. Gerrits There is a strong inclination, both in the West and in the former communist countries, to consider the revival of intolerant and sometimes aggressive nationalism in Central and Eastern Europe and the conflicts it has caused as inevitable, as historically self-evident. This is a misconception. In spite of the historical legacy of political authoritarianism, ethnic and 'national' dissension and foreign domination, and notwithstanding economic deprivation and feelings of insecurity and disorientation involved in the current processes of change and reform, nationalist positions only become a factor of political relevance when they are being politicized and mobilized. Nationalism has a function. Nationalist conflicts have a purpose. The civil war in Yugoslavia offers
Helsinki Monitor (in 2008 continued as Security and Human Rights) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1992
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