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Yugoslavia: The Government Foreign Policy Mechanism
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The foreign policy of Yugoslavia was conducted at the highest level by the State Presidency, the president of which was the official representative of the country. The line of authority extended from the president through the Federal Executive Council to the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs. Nationality quotas for personnel in the secretariat and subordinate levels ensured each republic an equal voice in foreign policy formulation. The quota was also used in making foreign service appointments and staffing embassies abroad -- a policy criticized because it did not always permit the most qualified personnel access to foreign policy positions. Committees of the LCY and SAWPY (also apportioned by nationality) also had significant foreign policy input.

Data as of December 1990

Last Updated: December 1990

Editor's Note: Country Studies included here were published between 1988 and 1998. The Country study for Yugoslavia was first published in 1990. Where available, the data has been updated through 2008. The date at the bottom of each section will indicate the time period of the data. Information on some countries may no longer be up to date. See the "Research Completed" date at the beginning of each study on the Title Page or the "Data as of" date at the end of each section of text. This information is included due to its comprehensiveness and for historical purposes.

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