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        • The Security Sector in the State of Emergency: Testing Democracy
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          • Autor: Isidora Stakic, Jelena Pejic Nikic, Katarina Djokic, Marija Ignjatijevic, Sasa Djordjevic
          • The Security Sector in the State of Emergency: Testing Democracy

          • This analysis by the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP) concludes that during the 52 days it spent in a state of emergency, Serbia failed the test of democracy, thanks to a series of failings and irregularities in the conduct and control of the security sector.

        • The Masks Have Slipped: Serbia in a Geopolitical Pandemic
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          • Autor: Isidora Stakic, Maja Bjelos, Marko Drajić
          • The Masks Have Slipped: Serbia in a Geopolitical Pandemic

          • Masks have slipped and the interests of Serbia’s foreign policy were exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. These interests are not based on the principles of common goods, but on mechanism for preserving the existing internal order. This is one of the conclusions in the foreign policy analysis ...

        • Crime in the Western Balkans Six at the Time of Coronavirus: Early Findings
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          • Autor: Sasa Djordjevic
          • Crime in the Western Balkans Six at the Time of Coronavirus: Early Findings

          • Did organized crime groups continue with their activity at the time of Coronavirus, which trends in the criminal activities in the Western Balkans can be noticed in the first six weeks of the pandemic and which scenarios can be envisaged for the future, analyzed BCSP Researcher Sasa Djordjevic.

        • Pandemic of geopolitics
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          • Autor: Igor Bandovic
          • Pandemic of geopolitics

          • How does the COVIDー19 pandemic influence Serbia's foreign policy - read in the op-ed writen by BCSP Director Igor Bandovic for the weekly "Vreme".

        • Why Are People Leaving the Serbian Defence System?
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          • Autor: Katarina Djokic, Marija Ignjatijevic
          • Why Are People Leaving the Serbian Defence System?

          • BCSP Researchers Katarina Djokic and Marija Ignjatijevic analysed the reasons for employees leaving the Serbian defence system and gave recommendations that could overturn this negative trend.

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          I have a great pleasure to introduce to you a novel and different, fourth issue of the journal Western Balkans Security Observer. The difference is due to at least three reasons. The first is that the journal now has a new visual identity. We have tried to strike a balance between strict professionalism, on the one hand, and the refreshing creativeness of our young researchers, on the other. The binoculars are there to clearly perceive and confront the key security issues of the region. Furthermore, the editorship has decided to have four annual editions of the journal, as of January 2007, instead of six printed so far. Another novelty is found in the challenging and hot topics addressed by this edition. We, first, have two texts analysing the regulations on the expanding private security sector in Serbia and the causes behind its growth. One of the related key questions we will be facing in the future is whether this phenomenon is part of the solution or else a part of the problem of security. Increasingly tense political relations between Russia and the EU due to gas and oil supplies were a good enough reason for us to probe into the energy security of Serbia. In addition to private and energy security, increasingly present in the academic and political debate is also the topic of using biometric technology in security management. This edition offers an article explaining the characteristic features of the Serbian debate on biometric personal identity cards. 

           

          Along with several new topics, this edition also offers interesting views on some already broached issues. Thus, two articles deal with what could be done to improve the coexistence of Serbs and Albanians in the municipalities of Bujanovac, Preševo and Medveđa. Also, you could find everything you wanted to know about the policy of conditionality but did not know who to ask, in an article signed by a researcher of the Belgrade School of Security Studies. The third novelty is a column intended for reviews of websites and professional publications. Thus, this edition looks into one of the most important web portals addressing security.

           

          Filip Ejdus, Executive Director of the Centre for Civil-Military Relations and Research Fellow at the Belgrade School of Security Studies

        • Tags: Albania, Serbia, conflict, privatisation of security, energetic security, police, community police, European Union, Europeanization, human rights, human security, elections, gendarmery, conditionality
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