A Regional Framework for Peace and Development in the Balkans
The Dayton Agreement is the starting point for a complex international project to ensure peace, security and economic prosperity as well as other crucial interests of actors concerned with the stability in the region. This project is similar to that for reconstructing post-war Europe. It includes occupation forces in the most vulnerable zones which have suffered the greatest war damage and are the most dangerous potential hot-beds of new conflicts. There is also the years-long status of a protectorate in terms of essential state functions, which should ensure the establishment of civil society and a market economy compatible with the European environment. It also includes a specific kind of a ‘Marshall plan’ which should motivate the economic and political actors and turn towards the attainment of developmental and social objectives, many of which are inevitably regional, due to the small size of the newly created statelets. Finally, there is also the motive of accelerating transition from one economic-political system to another where, again, certain parallels could be made with the way the post-war international community dealt with the militaristic (nazi and fascist) structures which had generated the war in Europe and Asia.
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