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          Editor’s word

           

           

          We present to the expert and wider public the sixth issue of the journal Western Balkans Security Observer. The assembled papers are organized into four sections according to their thematic concerns.

           

           

          The first section presents the study of our new associate, Mr. Klemen Groselj. His analysis focuses on the partnership between Russia and the European Union in the area of energy security. The author’s findings can be seen as valuable for everyone attempting to comprehend the Balkan states’ security issues within the context of European and global processes.

           

           

          It is even truer due to the key protagonists’ influence on the security dynamics of the (sub) region. Following the same principles, the papers concerning the courses, forms and scopes of the regional security cooperation are arranged to form the second section. Those are the papers based on the reports from the international conference "Security cooperation in the Western Balkans", organized in September 2006 in Skopje by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and the Centre for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR), Belgrade. As the members of civil society organizations from the regional countries participated in the conference, their suggestions regarding the enhancement of regional cooperation are also included in this issue.

           

           

          Capacities for security cooperation in the Western Balkans mostly depend on how the local actors understand the contents and the scope of a notion of security; it is also important whether, and to which extent, they managed to master new and/or different, both theoretical and methodological, approaches for the investigation of actual security situation.

           

           

          It is feasible to assume that the academic community takes part, in a practical way, in modelling the dominant interpretation of different security levels in each particular local country. Yet, in order to measure its influence, it is primarily necessary to determine the general state of the academic security studies in the countries of the region. With intent to encourage further research and debate on this topic, in the third section of this issue we present the findings of several authors which were previously presented at the international conference "The safer Balkans’ network: The influence and the role of academic institutions in the security sector reform", organized on Fruska Gora in June 2006 by the Centre for Civil-Military Relations and with the support of the Balkan Trust for Democracy. The fourth section presents the study of Amadeo Watkins that provides an outside view on the military education in Serbia.

           

          Miroslav Hadžić

        • Tags: energetic security, regional security, security coopearation, CSO, NGO, network, security studies, education, officer, Serbian Army
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