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The Western Balkans in the World

Linkages and Relations with Non-Western Countries

Florian Bieber (Redaktør) ; Nikolaos Tzifakis (Redaktør)

This book provides a detailed understanding of how different types of engagements impact upon the reform and EU integration of the Western Balkan region. It examines the influence of Russia, China, Turkey and the UAE in the region and analyses the range of existing links. Les mer
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This book provides a detailed understanding of how different types of engagements impact upon the reform and EU integration of the Western Balkan region. It examines the influence of Russia, China, Turkey and the UAE in the region and analyses the range of existing links.


Contributors offer an academic and multifaceted perspective of the role of external and non-Western actors in the region that goes beyond, on the one hand, the tendency of some Western decision makers to perceive all engagement by third powers as a sinister threat and, on the other, the view of regional governments of all external involvement as a boon coming at a time of Western neglect and reduced foreign investments. By looking at the importance of Russia, Turkey, China and the UAE in the Western Balkans, the book sheds light on one key arena of global competition, offers new insights on the strengths and weaknesses of Euro-Atlantic integration and advances our knowledge of foreign policy and its economic, social and security dimensions for small and medium-sized countries.


It will be of interest to academics, postgraduate and research students, and think-tankers with research interest in IR and Southeast European Studies. European decision makers will also gain an insight into the extent of non-Western influence in the region.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

Introduction: The Influence of External Actors in the Western Balkans


Florian Bieber and Nikolaos Tzifakis





Chapter 1 Security co-operation in the Western Balkans: Cracks and erosion of Euro-Atlantic integration?


Tobias Flessenkemper and Marko Kmezic





Chapter 2 The economic development of the Western Balkans: The importance of non-EU actors


Matteo Bonomi and Milica Uvalic








Part I Western Balkan Case Studies





Chapter 3 Serbia: Looking East, going West?


Florent Marciacq





Chapter 4 Bosnia and Herzegovina: Abandoned by the West, embraced by the East?


Adnan Huskic





Chapter 5 Kosovo: Between Western and Non-Western States


Gezim Visoka





Chapter 6 North Macedonia: A fertile ground for external influences


Zoran Nechev and Ivan Nikolovski





Chapter 7 Montenegro: Always at a Crossroads


Jovana Marovic





Chapter 8 Albania: New Geopolitics and shifting linkages


Enika Abazi








Part II Non-Western Countries





Chapter 9 Russia: Playing a Weak Hand Well


Dimitar Bechev





Chapter 10 China: A New Geoeconomic Approach to the Balkans


Anastas Vangeli





Chapter 11 Turkey: Forced marriage or marriage of convenience with the Western Balkans?


Ahmet Erdi OEzturk and Samim Akgoenul





Chapter 12 UAE: Sultanism meets illiberal democracy


Will Bartlett and Tena Prelec








Conclusions


Florian Bieber and Nikolaos Tzifakis

Om forfatteren

Florian Bieber is Professor for Southeast European History and Politics at the University of Graz and director of the Centre for Southeast European Studies.





Nikolaos Tzifakis is Associate Professor of International Relations at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of the Peloponnese.