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Title: Arming Nonalignment: Yugoslavia’s Relations with Burma and the Cold War in Asia (1950-1955)
Date of publication: April 2010
Description/subject: (New Evidence from Yugoslav, Chinese, Indian, and U.S. Archives)..."...This paper will show the events surrounding the initiation of Yugoslavia’s arms shipments to Burma in the early 1950s and how these actions shifted the power equation inside the Burmese society and in its immediate neighborhood. Using recently declassified documents from the major Yugoslav archives (President Tito’s personal archive, Foreign Ministry Archives of Serbia , the Defense Ministry Archives of Serbia, and the Archive of Yugoslavia, which retains the records of the Yugoslav state and communist party), Chinese archives (Chinese Foreign Ministry Archives), Indian archives (National Archives of India, Ministry of External Affairs), and U.S. archives (National Archives and Records Administration) as well as private collections such as the ones at the National Security Archive, this paper will look at the impact that these arms transfers had on the overall development of the bilateral strategic partnership between Belgrade and Rangoon and how these arrangements between two distant countries were perceived by the government circles in the U.S., China, and India. The paper will argue that Yugoslav-Burmese military cooperation substantially altered some of the strategic plans of the great powers with regards to this region..."
Author/creator: Jovan Čavoški
Language: English
Source/publisher: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars: Cold War International History Project (Working Paper #61)
Format/size: pdf (1.49MB)
Alternate URLs: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/topics/pubs/WP61_Cavoski_web.pdf
Date of entry/update: 19 April 2010