The Recognition of New States and the Protection of Minority Rights in Yugoslavia

  • Richard Caplan


The recognition of new states in Yugoslavia, led by the European Community (EC), remains one of the most controversial episodes in the collapse of the South Slav federation. This chapter discusses the strategic logic behind the EC’s conditioning of recognition on the acceptance of various minority rights guarantees by the new state authorities in an effort to address one of the presumed causes of armed conflict in the region: ethnic insecurity. The chapter argues that the EC’s policy of conditional recognition made a contribution to the enhancement of minority rights throughout the region of the former Yugoslavia, notwithstanding some very serious derogations from the requirements for recognition on the part of the newly created states.


European Community Violent Conflict National Minority Yugoslav Republic Draft Convention 
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  1. 1.University of OxfordOxfordUK

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