The United States established diplomatic relations with Croatia in 1992 following its independence from Yugoslavia. Following Croatia’s independence, U.S. engagement aimed to support Croatia’s development as a democratic, secure, and market-oriented society and as a strong partner in Euro-Atlantic institutions, and the United States welcomed Croatia’s desire to play a positive and stabilizing role in the region. U.S. assistance has been important in enabling Croatia to become a leading partner in Southeast Europe and a model for its neighbors. Croatia’s commitment to democracy and reform led to its accession to the European Union (EU) in 2013.
Croatia has joined forces with the United States to address regional and global challenges. A North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ally since 2009, Croatia has participated in NATO operations including the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, the Kosovo Force, and Operation Unified Protector in Libya, and United Nations peacekeeping missions in Lebanon, Cyprus, India and Pakistan, the Western Sahara, and the Golan Heights. Croatia’s mentoring of neighbors in NATO’s Partnership for Peace, and especially the Adriatic Charter, has helped those NATO candidates advance their membership aspirations by initiating defense reforms and contributing to Alliance operations. Croatia participates in the global coalition to counter ISIL. Croatia also has an important role as a potential energy partner.
Croatia actively supports its international commitments to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The United States will continue its work to strengthen Croatia’s strategic trade control system, border controls, and law enforcement mechanisms. Today, the U.S. embassy is in Zagreb. For more information on our relationship with Croatia, please click here.
Source, United States Department of State Office of the Historian and Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.