BiH’s Wartime Foreign Policy: Lobbying for Peace and Lifting the Arms Embargo

  • Anida SokolEmail author
Part of the New Perspectives on South-East Europe book series (NPSE)


This chapter analyzes Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) foreign policy during wartime and the work of BiH diplomatic agents in international mediation and advocacy for the country’s interests. Based on elite interviews, articles published in Oslobod̵enje, and available documents of the BiH Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this chapter reconstructs the development of BiH’s foreign policy during the war, formulation of objectives, and the establishment of legal framework and key institutions. The chapter argues that the official foreign policy of BiH during the war period was coherent, marked by clear policy objectives, guided by comprehensible legal framework, and implemented by agents who rationally understood their roles and successfully operated in the field in spite of abundant constraints. It follows the decisions and statements of BiH’s diplomatic groups during various peace talks, the institutionalization and the work of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and some of the activities of BiH’s first ambassadors and diplomatic missions abroad.


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  1. 1.MediaCentarSarajevoBosnia and Herzegovina

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