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Southeast Europe in Russia’s Current Foreign Policy
Southeast Europe in Russia’s Current Foreign Policy

A Focus on Security Trends and Challenges

Author(s): Ekaterina Entina
Subject(s): Geopolitics
Published by: Südosteuropa Gesellschaft e.V.
Keywords: Russia;Foreign policy;Southeast Europe

Summary/Abstract: The region of Southeast Europe is currently in a turbulent phase of its history. It is trying to finally put an end to the problems that arose after the collapse of communism almost 30 years ago. For a long time, the international community and the Balkan states themselves gave integration into the European Union top priority in the hope of achieving stability and prosperity in this part of the continent. Today, with the increasing influence of various international actors in the region – China, Turkey, Russia, and Arab countries – and problems within the EU itself, internal problems have also arisen within the region. The twin issue of internal security and external challenges became acute again. There is a trend to overestimate the Russian foreign interest and its presence in the region from the Western side. The article is devoted to the analysis and description of how Russia can be understood as an external actor in the Western Balkans. It equally focuses on the question what the most constructive ways are to stabilize the Balkan region and solve its current problems.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 71-81
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English