Srđa Pavlović

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    West is best: How ‘stabilitocracy’ undermines democracy building in the Balkans

West is best: How ‘stabilitocracy’ undermines democracy building in the Balkans

Recent months have seen unrest in Macedonia, with a violent protest at the country’s parliament, while other countries in the Balkans such as Montenegro have also witnessed large anti-government protests. Srđa Pavlović argues that the West’s approach to the Balkans has suffered from what he terms ‘stabilitocracy’, with the EU and United States backing governments that promise stability, but have […]

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    Montenegro’s ‘stabilitocracy’: The West’s support of Đukanović is damaging the prospects of democratic change

Montenegro’s ‘stabilitocracy’: The West’s support of Đukanović is damaging the prospects of democratic change

This autumn’s parliamentary election in Montenegro was marred by an atmosphere of instability and fear stemming from allegations of a coup d’etat being under way and by the temporary discontinuation of mobile phone messaging services. Srđa Pavlović argues that the endorsement of the country’s prime minister, Milo Đukanović, by the EU and US is exacerbating distrust in western institutions among Montenegro’s civil […]

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