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Author Salvo, David

Title Russia’s efforts to destabilize Bosnia and Herzegovina / David Salvo and Stephanie De Leon
Published Washington, DC : German Marshall Fund of the United States, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (6 pages)
Series Policy Brief ; 2018 No. 017
Policy brief (German Marshall Fund of the United States) ; 2018 no. 017
Summary More than 20 years have passed since the United States brokered the Dayton Peace Accords to end the conflict that ravaged Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) after the collapse of Yugoslavia. The peace agreement ended the war, but the country remains bedeviled by old demons, particularly nationalist political leaders who capitalize on and fuel ethnic tensions between Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims), Bosnian Croats, and Bosnian Serbs. That ethnic tensions persist may not be all that surprising, but addressing the problem requires the recognition that the Russian government is exploiting and exacerbating them. The Kremlin’s strategic objective in the Western Balkans is to block aspiring nations from joining the EU and NATO. Most well known is Moscow’s attempt to organize a coup in Montenegro. Although their efforts ultimately failed to overthrow the pro-NATO government or block the country’s eventual accession into the Alliance, the Kremlin sent a message that it is willing to undermine legitimate governments and the rights of the Balkan peoples to choose their own destiny. To stymie BiH’s Western integration, Russia is destabilizing the country through a number of means: using local media to disseminate pro-Kremlin narratives; training a Bosnian Serb paramilitary unit; acquiring ownership in strategic industries; and, supporting politiciansand groups loyal to Moscow and hostile to the EU and NATO
Notes "Alliance for Securing Democracy Project."
"April 2018."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource; title from PDF caption (GMFUS, viewed June 7, 2018)
Subject North Atlantic Treaty Organization -- Foreign relations -- Balkan Peninsula
North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
International relations.
Military relations.
Russia (Federation) -- Military relations -- Bosnia and Herzegovina
Balkan Peninsula.
Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Russia (Federation)
Form Electronic book
Author De Leon, Stephanie
German Marshall Fund of the United States, publisher