Milo, Paskal (2020) SYNOPSIS FOR THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE POSSIBLE CHANGES OF THE AMERICAN POLICY IN THE WESTERN BALKANS. FREEDOM Journal for Peacebuilding and Transcultural Communication, 1 (1-2). pp. 31-35. ISSN 2671-3411

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The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States was a shocking event for the majority of the Americans but also for the world. It was a democratic choice of the American people, special and historic for its way and outcome. Now that emotions have calmed, the country is busy dealing with analyses for the reasons that brought victory but also with its consequences in the American internal and foreign politics. Non-conformist statements of the President-elect of the United States for US involvement in world affairs, in the relations with NATO, EU, Russia, China and the current regional conflicts have caused concern and reactions. In this paper the goal is to outline the possible consequences in foreign policy of the future administration of Donald Trump in the Western Balkans after 20 January 2017.The Western Balkans have not been at least in the past 16 years in the strategic priorities of foreign policy of the United States. In 90s of the last century they intervened in the region in 1995 in Bosnia and in 1999 in Kosovo under NATO to save Bosnian Muslims and Albanians by the extreme violence of Slobodan Milosevic’s regime. US presence over the years has declined in the Western Balkans. The United States have left greater responsibilities in the region in the political, economic and trade field to the European Union, and strategic responsibilities to NATO. They have maintained a traditional engagement in the Western Balkans in the areas of strengthening democracy, the rule of law, human and minority rights, the fight against corruption, organized crime, etc. As elsewhere in the Western Balkans, Trump’s presidential election has been subject to different reactions by the political forces and public opinion and civil society segments, some with satisfaction and others with despair. Official policy of the regional countries has welcomed the election and has expressed the willingness but also the hope for further development of relations with the new administration of President Trump. However beyond the official protocol uniformity, governments and state and political institutions of the countries in the region have started to make the first analysis and accounts for the consequences of possible changes in US policy in the Western Balkans, including also the impact of the relations’ change between the United States and European Union, NATO, Russia, China, etc.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
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Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2020 15:10
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2020 14:27

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