The Ambassadors REVIEW
: The World Factbook, 2008.
Montenegro: A Commentary
Thomas P. Melady, Ph.D.
Professor and Senior Diplomat in Residence, Institute of World Politics
United States Ambassador to the Holy See, 1989-1993
United States Ambassador to Uganda, 1972-1973
United States Ambassador to Burundi, 1969-1972
Senior Advisor to the US Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly
President Emeritus of Sacred Heart University
Former United States Assistant Secretary for Post Secondary Education
Timothy R. Stebbins
Graduate Student, Institute of World Politics
Executive Assistant to Ambassador Thomas P. Melady
The day of their restoration will also be the day of deliverance for the world. Small
nations have surely played a significant part in humanity’s history.
-- David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister from 1916-1922
t has been almost three years since the former Yugoslav republic of
Montenegro peacefully attained her independence, becoming the newest fully
recognized sovereign state in the world.
Though she is still very young and of course has her
share of internal problems, Montenegro has made
impressive strides towards becoming a fully inte-
grated member of the democratic West.
The referendum of May 21, 2006, which
officially severed the union between Serbia and
Montenegro, is reflective of the growing and
enthusiastic democratic culture of this fledgling
nation. Over 85 percent of the total electorate cast
their vote. According to BBC News, preliminary
election results indicated 230,711 people, 55.5
percent, had voted for independence while 184,954
voters, 44.5 percent, had voted to remain with
The margin was enough to achieve the 55 percent threshold required for validation
under the strictures of the European Union, and the results were formally recognized by the
European Union and the United Nations Security Council. The referendum was overseen
by the International Referendum Observation Mission (IROM), which included observers
from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Parliamentary
BBC News, “Serbia Accepts Montenegro Result,” May 26, 2006. Accessed on October 1, 2008, at