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BiH’s Foreign Policy Toward Neighboring Countries: Patterns of Reinterpretation and Redefinition

  • Petar Marković
  • Mate SubašićEmail author
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Part of the New Perspectives on South-East Europe book series (NPSE)

Abstract

This chapter outlines the chronological development of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) policy toward its neighboring countries. In the case of Croatia, it focuses on BiH’s pragmatic, yet ambiguous, approach in shaping affairs with Croatia and its active engagement in forging mutually beneficial relations. BiH foreign policy toward Serbia, plagued by numerous internally crafted political challenges, is characterized by persistent episodes of dissonance, insincerity, and a high level of mistrust. Finally, BiH’s foreign policy orientation toward Montenegro serves as an example of foreign affairs engagement through the continued development of relations and long-term goals with less contention than the other two. The authors argue that BiH’s foreign policy orientation toward neighboring countries is shaped both by the active agency and interaction of institutions within their constitutional competencies and as a defensive strategy in response to foreign policy goals of neighboring countries.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universite libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Department of PoliticsUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

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