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Research Report

THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE YUGOSLAV CRISIS FOR WESTERN EUROPE’S FOREIGN RELATIONS

Pavel Baev
Ali Hillal Dessouki
F. Stephen Larrabee
Duygu Bazolu Sezer
Monika Wohlfeld
Mathias Jopp
Copyright Date: Oct. 1, 1994
Pages: 70
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https://www.jstor.org/stable/resrep07059
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Table of Contents

  1. (pp. None)
    Mathias Jopp

    The Yugoslav crisis, for which the West Europeans have been attempting to find a solution since its outbreak, has become the bloodiest conflict in Europe since the Second World War, a drama for the peoples concerned and a threat to the stability and security of all of the Balkans. But its implications go far beyond sub-regional effects. Posing for over three years now a challenge to the crisis-management ability of the international community, it has influenced the restructuring of post-Cold War security relations and has complicated Western Europe’s development of a Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and search for...

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    F. Stephen Larrabee

    This essay examines the impact of the Yugoslav crisis on US relations with Europe. The first section reviews the evolution of US policy towards the Yugoslav crisis and the major factors which influenced that policy; the second examines the policy divergences between the United States and its West European allies that were created by the crisis; the third deals with recent US policies and the final one focuses on the broader implications of the crisis for US-European relations.

    US policy in the Yugoslav crisis must be seen against the background of the Cold War. During the Cold War, Yugoslavia was...

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    Pavel Baev

    The conflicts and wars in former Yugoslavia have been and are still seen as an issue of second priority for Russian foreign policy. In principle, a detached pragmatic approach could easily justify Russia according even less relevance to the Yugoslav crisis in its foreign policy agenda: the direct economic consequences for Russia are negligible, refugees are not flooding into the country and any spread of the fighting would hardly reach as far as its borders. In fact, however, the Balkans matter much more than such an approach would indicate. While the strength of traditional pro- Serbian and neo-Orthodox sympathies in...

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    Monika Wohlfeld

    When the system of the Pax Sovietica disintegrated and the Warsaw Treaty Organisation collapsed in 1991, the countries of Central Europe (defined by the Western European Union to include Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia) entered a security limbo from which they are yet to emerge. The Yugoslav crisis is for Central Europe therefore both an issue of direct strategic concern (at least for the neighbours of former Yugoslavia) and a test case of Western resolve and/or ability to deal with the region’s actual or potential problems. The Central European debate on Western involvement...

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    Duygu Bazolu Sezer

    Turkey has been deeply concerned about the evolving situation in the Balkans in general and about the fate of the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina in particular since the process of the unravelling of Yugoslavia formally began in 1991.

    Three quite easily identifiable considerations have defined the nature and scope of the attention paid by Turkey to the region: first, Turkey is a Balkan country geographically, historically and culturally. Therefore, it has a legitimate interest in the regional power configuration as well as the nature of the political regimes that prevail in the region. Second, the Balkans constitute a strategic link between...

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    Ali Hillal Dessouki

    With the exception of the Palestine question, probably no other issue has mobilised Muslim sentiments and emotions as much as the fate of Muslims in Bosnia- Herzegovina. Television coverage of events has brought pictures of Muslims’ miseries there to millions of Muslims all over the world, and this has created a negative, hostile attitude towards those perceived as responsible for the prolongation of the tragedy. The objective of this paper is to analyse basic Islamic views and perceptions of events in Bosnia and reflect on their probable impact on the future of relations between the Islamic world and Western Europe....