Događanja CKPIS-a – Vladimir Unkovski-Korica: Gradovi u jugoslavenskoj vanjskoj politici tijekom Hladnog rata / Cities in Yugoslav foreign policy during the Cold War
Vladimir Unkovski-Korica, predavač u području srednjoeuropskih i istočnoeuropskih studija na Sveučilištu u Glasgowu i autor knjige The Economic Struggle for Power in Tito’s Yugoslavia: From World War II to Non-Alignment (2016), predzadnji je gost Zimskog semestra CKPIS-a. Na temelju svojih istraživanja, provedenih za vrijeme boravka na Centru za napredne studije jugoistočne Europe pri Sveučilištu u Rijeci, održat će predavanje o ulozi gradova u jugoslavenskoj vanjskoj politici tijekom Hladnoga rata. Ukazat će na razvijeno međunarodno umrežavanje gradova i općina te uspostavu bilateralnih odnosa koji nisu nužno slijedili državnu vanjsku politiku i ideju nesvrstanosti. Predavanje će biti održano na engleskom jeziku u virtualnoj dvorani.
Srijeda, 13. siječnja 2021., 18.00 / Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 18.00
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Vladimir Unkovski-Korica, lecturer in Central and East European Studies, University of Glasgow
Cities in Yugoslav foreign policy during the Cold War
This talk will discuss the role of cities in Yugoslav foreign policy in the Cold War. By exploring foreign policy below the level of the state, we can unearth how foreign policy was understood and practised by a variety of different actors – possibly quite differently from how the state intended it. Indeed, municipalities in Yugoslavia had significant latitude in pursuing links abroad and participated in a variety of transnational municipal networks and established many bilateral links with cities abroad. The talk will showcase some of the different purposes pursued at different levels of municipal government. In doing so, it will show tensions between the declared foreign policy of global non-alignment and the reality of a largely neighbourhood and/or European policy of many city authorities. This will suggest that a broader understanding of foreign policy can tell us much about how foreign policy was actually understood, negotiated and practised by lower echelons of authority in a semi-peripheral state balancing between the superpower blocs.
Vladimir Unkovski-Korica is a lecturer in Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow. His first book, The Economic Struggle for Power in Tito’s Yugoslavia: From World War II to Non-Alignment (Tauris, 2016) explored the deep contradictions and tensions of trying to build a participatory developmental model while playing catch-up with the advanced world. His work has appeared in Europe-Asia Studies, Cold War History and Revue d’Études Comparatives Est-Ouest. The research on the role of cities in Yugoslav foreign policy was undertaken while he was a fellow of the Centre of Advanced Studies – South-East Europe at the University of Rijeka.