The War On Terrorism In The Balkans: A Report Card On Us Policy After 9/11
Authors: Bardos, Gordon N. (Harriman Institute, Columbia University)
Abstract: The Balkan front in the war on terrorism has received only sporadic attention from American and European media. Ironically, however, well before September 11th, Osama bin-Laden and other Islamic extremists had played prominent roles in the Balkan conflicts that so preoccupied US policymakers in the 1990s. Even more ironically, the United States, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and bin-Laden had often been supporting the same factions in the Balkan wars of the past decade. This chapter examines three issues. First, the author offers an examination of the dimensions of the threat Islamic extremist/terrorist groupís pose in southeastern Europe. Second, how and why they are problematic. And third, the author provides an evaluation of the pre-September 11 and post-September 11 US efforts to deal with Islamic extremists in southeastern Europe.