Macedonia: Ten Years of Power-Sharing

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
1510 International Affairs Building

Please join the Harriman Institute for a presentation by David L. Phillips, Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Remarks by H.E. Zoran Jolevski, Ambassador of Macedonia to the United States. 

The Ohrid Framework Agreement was finalized on Aug. 13, 2001. It ended a conflict between Macedonians and ethnic Albanians by setting up a power-sharing arrangement among communities in Macedonia that guaranteed greater Albanian participation in governance, including constitutional reforms. The Agreement also provided for greater Albanian economic and cultural rights. While the agreement succeeded in mitigating conflict in Macedonia, signatories expected that NATO and European Union membership would resolve the country's deeply rooted problems. However, their aspirations remain in limbo because of the ongoing name dispute with Greece and the continuing dominance of identity politics, which is divisive and contributes to fragmentation in society.