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Balkan Political Cooperation: Internal Impulses and External Factors


  • Maria Bakalova

    () (University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria)

  • Anton Parvanov

    () (University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria)


The paper studies regional cooperation on the Balkans seeking positive instances back in history and focusing on the developments since the end of the Cold war. It seeks to answer the question “Why Balkan political cooperation has been thwarting in the last three decades?” Mostly answers are sought in historical past and experience from previous interactions and/or influence and intervention from extra-regional (f)actors. Our claim, however, is that answers should also be sought on regional and internal political level in the motivation and behavior of regional actors.

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  • Maria Bakalova & Anton Parvanov, 2019. "Balkan Political Cooperation: Internal Impulses and External Factors," Nauchni trudove, University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria, issue 3, pages 229-246, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:nwe:natrud:y:2019:i:3:p:229-246

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    regional political cooperation; the Balkans; external (f)actors;
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    • F55 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Institutional Arrangements


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