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    • The Western Balkans and the EU in Multilateral Organisations: Foreign Policy Coordination and Declaratory Alignment in the OSCE

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    • Journal of Regional Security: Issue 2 - this paper is a piece from the academic journal published two times per annum by the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP), supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. JRS was established in 2006 and until 2012 was published by the name Western Balkans Security Observer.
      Florent Marciacq from the University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg and University of Vienna, Austria
      Florent Marciacq from the University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg and University of Vienna, Austria

      This paper sheds light on the Europeanisation of Western Balkan states’ multilateral diplomacy in the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). 

      Florent Marciacq from the University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg and University of Vienna, Austria analyses the frequency at which those states have aligned themselves with the statements of the European Union (EU) between 2004 and 2011, and researches qualitatively the motives of their alignment. In the paper he finds that the declaratory behaviour of most Western Balkan states in the OSCE has become distinctively convergent with EU positions.

      Although conditionality certainly fosters alignment, paper shows that socialisation is more powerful mechanism of diffusion for most Western Balkan states; that emulation should not be neglected amongst small-sized countries; that coercion and, interestingly, persuasion don`t play a significant role.

      More specifically, this paper enquires into the politics of declaratory alignment of six Western Balkan states.

      More details about this paper can be found here

      For hard copy and digital version subscription please contact: jrs@fpn.bg.ac.rs

       

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