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    • Collection of Essays "Business and Security" is out of print

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    • Date: 15 October 2009

      Collection of Essays "Business and Security" comprises papers submitted to the conference of the same name, organized by the Centre on November 6 and 7, 2008 in the National Assembly. The organization of the conference was made possible with the support of the Governments of Norway and Hungary, as well as Jagello 2000 foundation from the Czech Republic.

      The connection existing between economic development and security was for most of the presenters’ one of the starting points. Several of the presentations asked the question of costs and benefits of integration to NATO. Presenters who participated in the ensuing debate centered their attention on putting the "price tag" on Serbia's military neutrality. 

      Representatives of Serbia's academic and government institutions, experts active in civil society and employed by international organizations present in Belgrade, and diplomatic representatives all took part in the conference's proceedings. Other than Serbia, presenters came from Croatia, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Central and Eastern European countries (Slovenia, Hungary, and Slovak Republic). H.E. Ambassador of Finland to Serbia also contributed by speaking on the experiences of his country.

      As for the collection of essays, in its first part you can read the introductory papers, concerned with providing the right theoretical and methodological framework for understanding the relationship between economy, security and development: Svetlana Djurdevic-Lukic wrote on "Security and Development Nexus: New Concepts and Practices of International Organizations", Boris Begovic followed by "Difficulties in Calculating the Costs of Security: a Theoretical Approach" and Predrag Bjelic's paper, "Security of Industrial Development in a Globalized World and Securing Raw Materials through International Trade". Marko Milosevic and Predrag Petrovic, researchers in the Centre did a summary of their research on how Serbia's business elites conceptualise security in transition.

      The second part of this collection of essays provides another important, yet slightly different perspective: here authors tried to explain how (eventual) NATO membership may affect their countries' economy. Here you can read the work of Tanja Karaulac ("Country risk, foreign direct investments and NATO"), Luka Brkic ("Expenses of preparation for NATO integration - Croatian case"), Ivan Jovetic ("Advantages and Costs of NATO Integration - Challenges for Montenegro"), Artan Karini ("The Economic and Social Costs of Albania’s Accession into NATO"), Denis Hadzovic ("NATO Impact on the Local Economy - The Case of B&H") and Marjan Djurovski ("How Much Does the Accession of the Republic of Macedonia to NATO Cost").

      The concept of military neutrality and its validity in post-Cold War era is covered in the third part of this collection. Brigadier General Mitar Kovac, Head of Serbia MoD's Strategic Planning Department, tried to explain the difference between political and military neutrality, while Ambassador of Finland Kari Veijalainen presented his country's case to this debate.

      Second focus point, state of arms' industry is analyzed in the fourth part, where Stevan Nikcevic, Director General of Jugoimport SDPR ("Security integrations and Serbian Defence Industry - Chance for sustainable development") i Janos Horvat ("Potential implications of NATO accession: The case of Hungary’s Military-industrial complex").

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