Potentials of Disorder

Potentials of Disorder

By Jan Koehler
Book Description

The Caucasus and the Balkan region are almost automatically associated with conflict and war. At the core of these struggles lies the quest for a new institutional relationship between territory, the state and ethnic groups. Both regions share a similar historical and institutional legacy which must be regarded as having paved the ground for a rise in ethno-nationalism. There is, as a result, wide potential for conflict in both regions. However, similar structural conditions do not always turn into violent conflicts. Rapid institutional change, as occuring in the former Yugoslavia and the former Soviet Union, can lead to new institutional arrangements on smaller scales - which may in turn provide stability in inter-group relations and border management. Therefore, it is of vital importance to the study of conflict analysis to identify what conditions foster new orders, and what factors, actors and institutions are necessary to create a stable equilibrium in intra- and inter-group conflicts. This book brings together a selection of case studies and theoretical approaches aimed at identifying the institutions which prevented or fostered escalation of conflict in the Caucasus and former Yugoslavia, and, will be of great benefit to students of these topics.

Table of Contents
  • Introduction: potentials of disorder in the Caucasus and Yugoslavia - Jan Koehler and Christoph Zürcher
  • 1 Discourses, actors, violence: the organisation of war-escalation in the Krajina region of Croatia 1990–911 - Hannes Grandits and Carolin Leutlo.
  • 2 Non-existent states with strange institutions - Kristóf Gosztonyi
  • 3 A neglected dimension of conflict: the Albanian mafia - Xavier Raufer
  • 4 Land reforms and ethnic tensions: scenarios in south east Europe - Christian Giordano
  • 5 ‘Freedom!’: Albanian society and the quest for independence from statehood in Kosovo and Macedonia - Norbert Mappes-Niediek
  • 6 Why is there stability in Dagestan but not in Chechnya? - Enver Kisriev
  • 7 Civil wars in Georgia: corruption breeds violence - Pavel K. Baev
  • 8 The art of losing the state: weak empire to weak nation-state around Nagorno-Karabakh - Jan Koehler and Christoph Zürcher
  • 9 Conflict management in the Caucasus via development of regional identity - Olga Vassilieva
  • 10 Bringing culture back into a concept of rationality: state–society relations and conflict in post-socialist Transcaucasia - Barbara Christophe
  • 11 Reconciliation after ethnic cleansing: witnessing, retribution and domestic reform - John Borneman
  • 12 Intervention in markets of violence - Georg Elwert
  • 13 Institutions and the organisation of stability and violence - Jan Koehler and Christoph Zürcher
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