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Conflict in Macedonia: Exploring a Paradox in the Former Yugoslavia

Sasho Ripiloski
Conflict in Macedonia: Exploring a Paradox in the Former Yugoslavia
ISBN: 978-1-935049-31-9
2011/298 pages/LC: 2011009428
A FirstForumPress Book
"A clear and balanced account that solidly places Macedonia's experience within the context of the wider dissolution of Yugoslavia.... The richness of the fieldwork and clarity of exposition makes it an essential work for scholars of Macedonia and the Balkan region."—John W. Hulsey, Perspectives on Politics

"An outstanding piece of research.... A must-read for those interested in Macedonia and the former Yugoslavia."—Raul Teitelbaum, Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs

"This well-researched and artfully argued text not only deserves a prominent place on the Slavic Studies bookshelf, but also warrants close analysis by peace and conflict resolution scholars and practitioners.... It will be an important book for years to come."—Julie Mertus, American University


How did Macedonia attain its status as the only Yugoslav republic to achieve a nonviolent transition to independence in the early 1990s? And why did the initial peace fail to endure?

Sasho Ripiloski traces Macedonia's peaceful extrication from the Yugoslav morass and then examines the new country's subsequent state-building efforts and offers an explanation for its later collapse into violence. He also assesses the broader theoretical implications stemming from the Macedonian experience.  His work both advances our knowledge of this little-known country and sheds important new light on its role in Yugoslavia's fragmentation.


Sasho Ripiloski teaches in the International Studies Program, School of Global Studies, at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.


  • The Macedonian Paradox.
  • The Path to Independence: Exception to the Rule.
  • The International Response: A Model of (Operational) Prevention.
  • Violence Grips the "Oasis of Peace."
  • Making Sense of Events.
  • The Broader Significance of the Macedonian Experience.
  • Taking Stock.