Balkan: A Powder Keg

October 2, 2015

Marko Gasparic

There is a region in the south-east Europe, between the Adriatic sea, Alps, Pannonian basin, and Black sea. It is a melting pot of different cultures, religions, tribes, and nations. However, they never melted. Instead, every few decades they cause a big explosion that shakes the world. Do you want to know why six countries do not suffice for 20 million people? Why Serbs started the WWI? Why did the last battle of the WWII in Europe happen in Slovenia? And why did the first armed conflict after the WWII in Europe start in Slovenia? Why was the first NATO intervention in history in Bosnia? Why is Croatia having territorial disputes with 4 out of 5 neighbouring countries? And why Bulgarians and Greeks get a headache when you mention Macedonia? To answer these questions, I am going to give a talk about political history of the most unstable region in Europe: western Balkan.