Mapping the Global Balkans: Emerging Economy Networks and EU Integration in Serbia
In examining the political and economic trajectory of the Western Balkans, attention has been focused on associations with the European Union (EU). Less noted, however, are the economic, political and social connections that have been established between the region and various emerging economies, such as the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China). Partnerships range from investments in strategic industries and infrastructure projects that link the Balkan peninsula with Central Europe, the Middle East and North Africa to initiatives that are seemingly more spontaneous in nature, such as the formation of the Chinese diaspora. Using Serbia as my case study, China and Russia as the emerging economies of focus, and the theoretical tools provided by international political sociology, I ask: how are emerging economy networks constituted and articulated in the region and to what extent are these complementary and/or in competition with the region's growing integration into EU political and economic networks?