Constraints from the East

  • Aurel Braun


Historically few regions have been as influenced by external factors as the Balkans. Though the sources, direction and perhaps the degree may have changed, external influence continues to be strong. With two of the Balkan states as members of the Soviet bloc and with the Soviet Union as the superpower within close geographical proximity, Moscow is bound to exercise a significant degree of influence in the peninsula. To complicate matters, Soviet interest in the region is characterized by a set of overlapping political, military and economic determinants in that Moscow has special concern in Romania and Bulgaria as members of the socialist bloc and of the various Soviet controlled organizations, and it has a concurrent interest in the peninsula as a whole in the realms of politics, strategy and economics. All of these factors are so intertwined in general policies and various long-range goals that their separation may be problematical except for certain analytical purposes. What is particularly important here for a work on Balkan multilateral cooperation is the question of whether Soviet/Soviet bloc influences on the member states are exclusionary to a degree that they block such cooperation entirely, whether they impose various gradations of restraint or whether they allow for a free reign.


Soviet Bloc Soviet Policy Warsaw Pact Balkan State Soviet Foreign Policy 
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  • Aurel Braun
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  1. 1.University of TorontoCanada

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