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Involved by Default: External Actors and Foreign Policy of the Western Balkan States
Involved by Default: External Actors and Foreign Policy of the Western Balkan States

Author(s): Ešref Kenan Rašidagić
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Central European University (CEU) - Department of Political Science
Keywords: foreign policy; small states; Western Balkans; European Union

Summary/Abstract: The foreign policy of the Western Balkan states is formulated on the basis of several factors, many of which do not reflect their strategic national interests. An important contributing factor is that all Western Balkan countries could be defined as small states, despite the fact that within the region some of them are considered as being comparatively large and strong. The potential for formulation and implementation of foreign policy in all of these states is very low, due to a number of reasons. These include small territories and population, weak economies, unfinished democracybuilding processes, and a generally unsettled situation, typical of transitional societies. All these aspects make states in the region to a large extent dependant on the interests of bigger powers, as well as susceptible to policies of the international organizations active in the region. Western Balkan states, therefore, to varying extents, identify their foreign policies with the policies of different external actors.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 348-368
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: English