UDC 327(470:73)(497.11)
Biblid: 0543-3657, 68 (2017)
Vol. 68, No 1168, pp. 5-19
DOI:

Original scientific paper
Received: 26 Sep 2017
Accepted: 26 Oct 2017

THE REFLECTION OF US-RUSSIAN RELATIONS AFTER TRUMP’S ELECTION ON SERBIA

Trapara Vladimir (Vladimir Trapara, naučni saradnik, Institut za međunarodnu politiku i privredu, Beograd), vtrapara@diplomacy.bg.ac.rs

Donald Trump’s administration inherited from its predecessor the worst state of the US-Russian relations since the Cold War. In spite of the expectations that Trump’s election could lead to a new attempt of US Russian rapprochement, it still does not happen. In this paper, it is argued that the main cause of Trump’s failure to start a rapprochement process with Russia lies in the absence of his “grand strategy”, which makes domestic political dynamics in the US the decisive factor in the continuation of inertia of Washington’s foreign policy. However, the author does not see either the possibility of further deterioration in the US-Russian relations or opening new geopolitical fronts of their conflict. In this sense, recent US pressure on Serbia regarding its relations with Russia is not based on the reality of the US-Russian relations, but on propaganda. Difficulties which Serbia faces to overcome this pressure is the consequence of its political elite’s wrong estimate that the US foreign policy after the elections would change positively for Serbia.

Keywords: Russia, United States, Donald Trump, “grand strategy”, Serbia