Breaking with the past? Small states of former Yugoslavia

Dr. Mateja Peter, Lecturer in International Relations, University of St Andrews and Senior Research Fellow, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

This research seminar will examine continuity and change in the relations of states of the former Yugoslavia. Students will be encouraged to examine how nations transition from a joint state to independent entities and how these newly formed states relate to each other. How do they deal with common history? Do they seek to break with their joint past or use it to their advantage? How do they cope with their changed status in international relations? The seminar will examine how diplomatic, economic and cultural ties of the former Yugoslav states feed into each other and what kind of contradictions they expose. It will also look into external incentives for cooperation. Students are asked to familiarize themselves with the region and think about these issues before the seminar.

Reading material:

1) Bojinovic Fenko, A. and Sabic, Z. (2014). “From the Balkans to Central Europe and Back: The Foreign Policy of Slovenia”, in Soeren Keil and Bernard Stahl (eds.)The Foreign Policies of Post-Yugoslav States: From Yugoslavia to Europe. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 47-68.

2) Kolstø, P. (2014). “Identifying with the old or the new state: nation-building vs. Yugonostalgia in the Yugoslav successor states”, Nations and Nationalism 20(4): 760-781.

3) Velikonja, M. (2009). “Lost in Transition: Nostalgia for Socialism in Post-socialist Countries”, East European Politics and Societies 23(4): 535-551.