This text presents contributions by leading authorities on the origins of the Balkan crisis, the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia, the prospects for solution of the remaining conflicts and for the building of viable successor states. After an introductory chapter by the two editors, the book is divided into three main sections. The section on the anatomy of the collapse surveys the reasons for the fall of the post-Titoist Yugoslavia and takes as its central theme the degeneration of the communist party. In the second section, "In the Eye of the Storm", key regions and actors which are focal points of instability are surveyed. The final section, "The Successor States", examines each of the regions which have emerged from the collapse, as more or less stable independent states, in terms of their government, viability and their relationships with each other and the outside world.