Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Brown tells leading Greek newspaper that political parties in Macedonia use ethnic populism to distract from issues like corruption and crony capitalism.

In an interview with leading Greek newspaper To Vima, Keith Brown points to the attention garnered by the stabbing of a Macedonian teenager by an Albanian thief and the subsequent street protests in Skopje, Macedonia. The underlying problems of crime, elite corruption, and the erosion of trust in democratic process, Brown says, often pass unnoticed in international coverage which focuses on high-profile cases of "ethnic" violence.

May 29, 2014