Will Yugoslavia Split at the Seams?

Even Milosevic's ouster may not be enough to save the country from further instability and violence, as Kosovars and Montenegrins shake a fragile federation

Has democracy come too late for Yugoslavia? It's a fair question these days. The region's chief troublemaker, Slobodan Milosevic, has been deposed. Elected reformers occupy Belgrade's federal- and republic-level seats of power. But a reality check is looming for Western governments that cheered Milosevic's ouster. On top of the economic chaos, Yugoslavia may be about to dissolve once and for all. And if badly managed, the situation could unleash a new wave of instability and violence that would stunt economic rebuilding, threaten NATO soldiers in Kosovo, and even strain the Euro-Atlantic alliance.

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