After the end of the Kosovo war in 1999, an atmosphere of uncertainty hung over the southern Balkans. This was closely linked to the central problem of indecision about the political future of Kosovo. But last year the situation was apparently transformed. With the fall of Milosevic, Serbia became the favoured Balkan partner for the European Union, and pro-western forces in Albania and Montenegro were downgraded. As a result, many Albanians and Montenegrins resent the fickleness of the international community. In the absence of proper regional security arrangements, Albanians believe their country is surrounded by unfriendly states, particularly Serbia and Greece.