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Research Report


Center for Strategic Research (SAM)
Copyright Date: Mar. 1, 2016
Pages: 66
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  1. (pp. III-IV)
    Ali Resul
  2. (pp. 1-18)
    Birgül DEMİRTAŞ

    For the first time in their contemporary history Turkey and Serbia have in the 21st century been sharing similar foreign policy goals and aspiring to become full members to the same regional organizations. They are located in the same regional governance structures and share similar regional concerns.

    Considering the historical background of bilateral relations, one should note important differences as well as similarities. During the First World War the two were allied with different countries. During the Second World War Yugoslavia was occupied by the Axis countries, whereas Turkey was able to keep itself out of the war. On the...

  3. (pp. 19-38)
    Đorđe PAVLOVIĆ

    Turkish engagement in the Balkans has attracted the attention of both politicians and scholars, due to its numerous results and interesting development in an unstable international surrounding. The trilateral cooperation among Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H), Turkey, and Serbia is a unique mechanism of Ankara’s foreign policy created in 2009, which at first aimed at improving the political relations of Sarajevo and Belgrade, with Turkey as a facilitator in the trilateral dialogue. After initial political achievements, this multilateral forum established its economic dimension, while the political layer experienced growing difficulties. In order to anticipate the future of the trilateral cooperation, the...

  4. (pp. 39-60)
    Didem Ekinci SARIER

    In the twin Balkan Wars in 1912 and 1913, the Ottomans and Serbs went through a bitter struggle that most overtly exposed the prevalent nationalist sentiment against the dwindling Ottoman state in the region. The Balkan Wars ended with more Ottoman territorial losses. The two adversaries once again found themselves on opposite camps in World War I. Although Serbs fought for an “independent Serbia”, this did not come about. The outcome by 1918 was a new kingdom in which Serbia would share a common political space with its kin: the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes (KSCS).

    After the formation...