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Stronger Turkish influence may not benefit Bosnia

Wednesday, July 31, 2019


Turkish influence in Bosnia.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent visit to Sarajevo highlighted his powerful influence in Bosnia-Hercegovina (BiH), as shown by the Bosnia-wide commemoration of the third anniversary of the failed coup in Turkey with numerous diplomatic, sporting and cultural events.


  • A worsening in Turkish-US relations after Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 missiles against strong US warnings could complicate matters.
  • Bosnian and other Balkan leaders may have to choose between the United States and Turkey, just as Serbia wavers between the West and Russia.
  • The conflicting interests of various external powers could exacerbate regional ethnic and political divisions, undermining stability.

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