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          • Year: 2003
          • Armed Forces Reform – Experiences and Challenges

          • Miroslav Hadžić (editor), The Centre for Civil-Military Relations, Belgrade, 2003

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          Bearing in mind the difficult task of abandoning the coordinates of Milošević's system, and intending to encourage the public debate on the necessity of Yugoslav Army reform, the Centre for Civil-Military Relations, non-governmental organization from Belgrade organized, in cooperation with the European Movement in Serbia, one-day international seminar on the subject "Armed Forces Reform - Experiences and Challenges" on November 2002, in Belgrade. The presentation and authorized discussions of the participants had been put together in the Collection of papers, and the Centre had the honour to present it to the domestic and foreign expert public hoping that its summary could encourage fruitful public debate on the purpose, scope, pace and direction of further reforms of the Army of Serbia and Montenegro. The Collection of paper was published on Serbian and English language with support of the OSCE Mission to the FRY.  

          The seminar was considered as an appropriate form for an exchange of experiences and challenges in army reform among various countries. For that purpose high-level delegation of Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia were invited to attend the seminar and to explain to the audience their own understanding of the unfolding of their respective armies' reform. In order to obtain a complete insight into the courses of Army's reform, one civilian expert from each of the above-mentioned countries referred to the public. Besides them, expert from NATO and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces also offered their views on the subject. The same approach was applied for the participants from FRY. The audience was first informed about the necessity, plans and achievements in the reform of Yugoslav Army by the President of the Chamber of Citizens of the FRY Parliament and the federal ministers for foreign affairs and defense. After that, the Chief of the General Staff presented the results and the projects for further reform. Furthermore, the experts from Serbia and Montenegro discussed the direction, achievements and limits of the Yugoslav Army's reform, at the special session.

          The seminar was held with the support of the OSCE Mission to the FRY, the British Embassy in Belgrade, NATO Brussels Command and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces. The Federal Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Federal Defense Ministry also provided full support to the organization and work.

        • Tags: military, jna, Yugoslavia, conflict, Armed Forces Reform, Security, Defence, Defense Ministry, SFRY
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