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Russian-American Relations in the Post-Cold War World$
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James W. Peterson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781526105783

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526105783.001.0001

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Making different choices in the Balkan wars of the 1990s: Bosnia in 1992–95 and Kosovo in 1999

Making different choices in the Balkan wars of the 1990s: Bosnia in 1992–95 and Kosovo in 1999

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(p.64) 4 Making different choices in the Balkan wars of the 1990s: Bosnia in 1992–95 and Kosovo in 1999
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Russian-American Relations in the Post-Cold War World
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James W. Peterson

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526105783.003.0005

The historic Russian interest in the Balkans cmpeted with the American-led, changed NATO mission to generate considerable conflict in the immediate aftermath of the 1991 break-up of Yugoslavia. During the ensurng Balkan Wars, American and Russian interests clashed continuously during the Bosnian civil war of 1992-95. Further, the distinctiveness of the Kosovo republic within the shrunken Yugoslavia intensified these American-Russian differences. NATO air strikes took place both under the sponsorship of Operation Allied Force in Bosnia and in response to Serbian military incursions its own republic of Kosovo that included a 90% Muslim population. Conversations continued sporadically after completion of the NATO-Russian Founding Act in 1997, but military initiatives by the West threw them off the tracks.

Keywords:   Balkan wars, Bosnian civil war, changed NATO mission, distinctiveness of Kosovo, historic Russian interest in Balkans, NATO air strikes, NATO-Russian Founding Act, Operation Allied Force, Yugoslav break-up

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