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European recognition remains one of the most controversial issues in the Yugoslav crisis. Richard Caplan analyzes the highly assertive role that Germany played, the reputedly catastrophic consequences of recognition and the radical departure from customary state practice represented by the EC's use of political criteria as the basis of recognition. Caplan also explores the wider implications of the EC's actions, offering insights into European security policy at the end of the Cold War, the relationship of international law to international relations and the management of ethnic conflict.Read more
- Sheds light on a controversial historic episode
- Written in clear, concise language suitable for a broad audience of specialists and generalists alike
- Essential reading for anyone interested in international relations, international law and ethnic conflict
Reviews & endorsements
"This is a good, brief... book on all aspects of the European Community's recognition of the successor states to the former Yugoslavia in 1991-93... This is a carefully structured book... Caplan explains what the European policy was and how it developed, steps back for two chapters to consider the theory and practice of the recognition of independent states, and then comes back to look at the practical consequences of the EU's actions, ending with a consideration of the effectiveness of conditionality in general in international relations and of the effectiveness of 'conditional recognition' in particular."
Nicholas Whyte, Director of Europe Program, International Crisis Group and Trifun Kostovski Research FellowSee more reviews
"Germany's precipitous recognition of Croatian independence in December 1991 is commonly assumed to have worsened matters. Caplan steps back from this narrow formulation to assess recognition as a tool used by the Europeans, individually and collectively, to stem the violence under way in Croatia and head it off elsewhere. He carefully reconstructs the manner in which recognition was conditioned and then differentially applied in the cases of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Kosovo. Along the way, in very thoughtful fashion, he considers how the strategic use of recognition fits with standard practice, broadly with international law, and still more broadly with theories of international relations."
"Richard Caplan's book is the first in-depth analysis of one of the most controversial episodes in the history of the EU's fledgling common foreign policy: the recognition of new states in Yugoslavia during the war that tore apart that country... [This is] a very impressive book which presents a carefully-constructed and well-documented argument about the EC's recognition policy. It will undoubtedly remain one of the best ever scholarly treatments of the making and implementation of that policy."
Karen E. Smith, London School of Economics, EUSA Review
"[A] useful addition to his work on international trusteeship... Caplan's study of recognition and political conditionality is certainly a timely one."
"Caplan presents and argues his analysis in a thorough and conclusive way, combining the Yugoslav cases with general aspects. This is an important contribution to the understanding of a crucial dimension in Europe's most recent history and the EC's response to the break-up of Yugoslavia and eventually the creation of new states..."
Jorgen Kuhl, University of Southern Denmark, Political Studies Review
"Caplan's book is informative, thought provoking, and well written. His study provides a good springboard for others interested in exploring the use of recognition as a political carrot or for scholars with a particular interest in the former Yugoslavia... [H]is book responsibly (and admirably) provides sufficient information for proponents and skeptics of the arguments to make their case."
Brian Grodsky, University of Maryland, Comparative Political Studies
"Richard Caplan's well-argued and powerful book is an important contribution to scholarship and should be at the tope of the list of courses dealing with the break-up of Yugoslavia, the debate on international law and legal norms, developments in EU security and EU efforts in the management of ethnic conflict."
Isabelle Ioannides, Journal of Peace, Conflict, and Development
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- Date Published: December 2007
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521045650
- length: 240 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
- weight: 0.36kg
- contains: 2 maps
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The EC's recognition policy: origins and terms of reference
2. Recognition of states: legal thinking and historic practice
3. International law, international relations and the recognition of states
4. EC recognition of new states in Yugoslavia: the strategic consequences
5. Political conditionality and conflict management
Appendices: EPC Declaration on the Recognition of New States in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union (16 December 1991)
EPC Declaration on Yugoslavia (16 December 1991)
Treaty Provisions for the Convention (at 4 November 1991)
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