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    • New publications of the Centre have been presented

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    • Date: 08 July 2008
      Sonja Stojanovic announces the start of public debate on National Plan for Integration, Centre, July 2008
      Sonja Stojanovic announces the start of public debate on National Plan for Integration, Centre, July 2008
      Presentation attracted attention of many of Centre\'s friends and partners
      Presentation attracted attention of many of Centre's friends and partners

      On Tuesday, July 8, new publications of the Centre for Civil-Military Relations have been presented: study „Private Security Companies in Serbia - A Friend or Foe? “, collections of presentations from a conference held in October 2006, „Security Sector Reform in Serbia - Achievements and Prospects“, new issue of the „Western Balkans Security Observer“ and the first book published by the Centre in the „Belgrade Security Studies Library“: „Theory of International Politics“ by Kenneth Waltz.

      The first commentator, Bogoljub Milosavljevic warned the audience how the findings of the research regarding private security companies in Serbia show that the current situation, where so many employees stand out of the system is not viable. He observed the public sector as weak, and criticised the existence of „unprincipled relationships” among certain private security companies and the state.

      Svetislav Basara dedicated his attention to the achievements of security sector reform. He felt that the greatest progress has been achieved at a normative level: first, the notion of civilian democratic control has become a part of the Constitution; second, new laws - on defence and on the Army of Serbia - have been passed. Basara doubted, however, that true de-politization ever occurred. This is why he stressed that difference must finally be established between the professional and the politician. In the end of his comment, he warned of the future possibility that profesionalisation becomes jeopardised due to insufficient funding from the state budget.

      Security Svetlana Đurđević-Lukić shared her thoughts of the new issue of the „Western Balkans“. She welcomed the editorial board’s decision to dedicate this issue to contemporary challenges facing Serbia. To her, papers exploring the relationship between security and identity were very interesting: therefore, she recommended them for reading.

      Predrag Simić finally presented Kenneth Waltz’s „Theory of International Relations“. Simić reminded that Waltz’s book was written in a time when the Cold War conflict was gaining intensity (late 70’s) and that therefore should not be surprising that the author missed to predict the end of bipolar world. Waltz gave all his attention to the big states, Simić emphasized, which may prove that he also believed that the only way for small states to survive is to fit into the agenda of the great. His work served as inspiration to many authors who today represent the neo-realist school in IR theory.

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