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Slovakia in the Western Balkans: experiences and challenges
Slovakia in the Western Balkans: experiences and challenges

Author(s): Július Lőrincz
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA)

Summary/Abstract: Slovakia’s engagement in Western Balkans was initially motivated by its efforts to contribute to the solving of a crisis that had evolved into open war in its own neighborhood – the most devastating and bloody conflict on European soil since the end of the Second World War. Slovakia’s motivation in the region was also strengthened by its human, cultural, historical – and perhaps also mental – proximity to the predominantly Slavic nations of the Western Balkans and it was conducted by leaders who were operating in a wider international context: leaders who aimed at bringing peace, stability, and democratic change to the countries of the Western Balkans. In 20 years, Slovak foreign policy was focused mainly on supporting reforms, rule of law, and integrating these countries and their societies into Euro-Atlantic structures.

  • Issue Year: XXII/2013
  • Issue No: 01-02
  • Page Range: 21-41
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: English