TITO'S YUGOSLAVIA: Key Nation in Europe's "Soft Underbelly"
For over 20 years, Marshal Tito has been leading Yugoslavia's unique experiment in independent, national Communism. Today, his nation is at the crossroads. Rumblings are once again being felt in the Balkans, that volatile region once called the powder keg of Europe. Here, where sparks set off World War I, pressures are being felt which could significantly alter the world balance of power or even lead to an East-West confrontation. Strategically speaking, the heart of the Balkans is Yugoslavia. Situated near the northern Mediterranean Sea and also controlling the land routes between Western Europe and otherwise isolated Greece and Turkey, Yugoslavia is of vital interest to both Western Europe and the Soviet bloc.
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