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Yugoslavia (former) FOREIGN POLICY
Sources: The Library of Congress Country Studies; CIA World Factbook
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    Prime Minister Ante Markovic with President George H.W. Bush,
    Washington, 1990
    Courtesy White House Photography Office

    With the exception of the first three postwar years, the foreign policy of Yugoslavia has emphasized balanced relations between East and West and strong links with as many nonaligned nations as possible. As in domestic politics, a primary motivation for this course was to differentiate Yugoslavia from the members of the Soviet Bloc; having made that distinction in all areas by 1952, Tito pragmatically sought commercial and political relations wherever and whenever advantageous. After weathering numerous crises in its relations with both superpowers, Yugoslavia entered the 1990s as titular head of a diminished Nonaligned Movement; political and economic reversals in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union forced Yugoslavia closer to the wealthy West European nations, with the ultimate goal of membership in the European Economic Community ( EEC--see Glossary).

    Data as of December 1990

    NOTE: The information regarding Yugoslavia (former) on this page is re-published from The Library of Congress Country Studies and the CIA World Factbook. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Yugoslavia (former) FOREIGN POLICY information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Yugoslavia (former) FOREIGN POLICY should be addressed to the Library of Congress and the CIA.

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