Hastings International and Comparative Law Review


Ever since its independence in 1991, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) has vigorously advocated for its international recognition as the "Republic of Macedonia." Greece does not oppose the independence of the FYROM, but rather the international recognition of this new republic with its current political objectives. Greece ardently opposes the FYROM's claims to Greece's northern province of Macedonia. While the international media and the FYROM have carelessly classified this dispute as one focused solely on the name "Macedonia," Greece's objections do not end with the new republic's use of the name of Greece's northernmost province. The FYROM's claims to Greek lands are also manifested in its constitution, flag, trial currency, maps, and other political propaganda. The international community, apparently falling prey to FYROM and the media's simplification of this matter, has given recognition to the FYROM without understanding the history of this region and the significance of this dispute.

This Note outlines the long and detailed history of Macedonia. With an understanding of this history, one can see that Greece is justified in its political objections to the international recognition of the FYROM. Furthermore, it is clear that international recognition of the FYROM is not a quick and simple solution to this dispute. Instead, it may be the catalyst to an even greater Balkan war.