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„Pošteni posrednik”. Jugoslavija između starih i novih spoljnopolitičkih partnerstava sredinom pedesetih godina
„The Honest Broker”. Yugoslavia between Old and New Commitments in the mid-1950s

Author(s): Vladimir P. Petrović
Subject(s): Diplomatic history, Political history, Post-War period (1950 - 1989), Cold-War History
Published by: Institut za noviju istoriju Srbije
Keywords: Yugoslavia; Josip Broz Tito; Middle East crisis 1955–56; doctrine of active peaceful coexistence
Summary/Abstract: The contribution is dealing with the specificities of an important stage in the transformation of Yugoslav foreign policy in the 1950s, characterized by the Yugoslav attempt to conceptualize a flexible diplomacy by performing the role of a broker in international affairs. Mediation in resolving crises was a pragmatic manifestation of the Yugoslav doctrine of active peaceful coexistence, as well as an attempt to harmonize various commitments acquired during intensive cooperation with the West, the East and the noncommited countries. The role of Josip Broz Tito in the development of the Middle East crisis 1955–56 is particularly scrutinized. Through his contacts with state offi cials of all sides, he attempted to alleviate the crisis, legitimizing at the same time an awkward Yugoslav position and presenting the country as a useful impartial channel of global communication. This strive towards the role in international relations which Yugoslavia could hardly sustain brought mixed results. The unpredictability of the international brokering was underlining the tension between the goals of such policies and the scarce resources Yugoslavia had, and was largely abandoned in favour of more institutionalized approach to international relations.

  • Page Range: 459-472
  • Page Count: 14
  • Publication Year: 2008
  • Language: Serbian