Geographic and geostrategic position of Croatia in post-cold war Europe

Lozančić, Marinko (2011) Geographic and geostrategic position of Croatia in post-cold war Europe. Doctoral thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Geography.

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Abstract

Geopolitical and geostrategic changes resulting from the breakup of bipolar world marked a new era of international relations. The forming of new conflict zones during the spreading of European and Euro-Atlantic influence in the area of energy resources and corridors was accompanied by a series of security crises, conflicts and campaigns, particularly in Caspian gravitation area. By defeating Serbian aggression and gaining independence, the Republic of Croatia has acquired the new geographic position on the crossroads of Mid-Europe, the Mediterranean, West and Southeast Europe. This ensured important position in the process of regional cooperation and stabilization within European and Euro-Atlantic integration. Regional security and stability of neighbourhood, the area of inter-relationships and confrontation of cultural and civilization circles and the complexity of interests well as continuous operationalization of Serbian expansion – as a major regional security threat present a strategic interest of the Republic of Croatia. Geographic position and location in the Adriatic, open to the gravitational and spatial-functional zone of Danube area, is a guarantee of its favourable transit position as a basis for future sustainable development. Croatia's mainland position in European context represents the conditions for opening and valorisation of the Adriatic, a basic Croatian geographic and resource regional advantage. The network of integrated Croatian power, its geostrategic location, in conditions of demographic depopulation and aging, national indebting but valuable and ecologically sensitive resources, depending on synergy of interaction of valorised geographic advantages, human potentials, integrated scientific knowledge and new technologies incorporated into economic development, that is, security and defence system.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral thesis)
Keywords: geographic and geostrategic position, geographic space, national power, Republic of Croatia, post-Cold War period
Supervisor: Fuerst-Bjeliš, Borna
Date: 2011
Number of Pages: 341
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Geography
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
Depositing User: Inja Cahun
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2014 10:54
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2016 10:44
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/825

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