John Phillips has been a correspondent with the Times, London since 1992, covering Italy as well as the Croatian and Bosnian wars. Since 2000 he has been stationed in the Balkans, reporting on the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic in Yugoslavia and the conflicts involving ethnic Albanian guerrillas in Macedonia and southern Serbia.
Respected journalist John Phillips has covered front-line fighting in Macedonia as well as behind-the-scenes diplomatic intrigue. In this enlightening and unbiased report, he chronicles the recent ethnic conflicts and the unchecked political corruption, warning that Macedonia remains a powder keg the West must resolve to defuse. "This is a cogent, judicious, layman-friendly journalistic report on an important, woefully under-covered conflict. Phillips does well in capturing the complexity-political, moral, communal-of the various sides; it doesn't oversimplify either the villainy of the villains or the virtues of the good guys."-Strobe Talbott, Brookings Institution