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          • Year: 2008
          • Western Balkans Security Observer Issue 9-10

          • In the new (double) issue of "Western Balkans Security Observer" 9-10 we have dedicated special attention to those events that have marked past summer on international and internal level. Jelena Radoman writes how Russia might turn out to be the long term loser of the Georgian campaign, while Klara Bratova analyses the arguments used by conflicted parties in the Czech radar installation dispute.

        • With no legal framework in place to protect the privacy of citizens, no technical preconditions being met, unsatisfactory state of equipment and training of the state administration and finally, no public discussion on possible consequences of the introduction of biometric systems of identification, this (intrusive) technology has already become part of documents issued throughout the summer. This is why we have decided to present the transcript of the public hearing "Biometry, security and human rights" organised by the Centre on March 3, 2008. The hearing has caused strong media attention and has resulted in a similarly entitled TV programme aired on the Radio Television of Serbia.

          Jim Seroka, professor of international security writes for the WBSO how vast gap in perceptions between Brussels, Washington and Moscow held back cooperation and prevented progress in the stabilisation of the region. Zoran Kučeković critically analyses doctrine of interventionism and violent democratization which the West and especially the US have exploited ever since the end of the Cold War. For WBSO, Kučeković concludes how "current US policies are in need of significant adaptation and critical examination before the term ‘just war’ can be applied to them".

          Finally, Centre for Civil-Military Relations has published two landmark publications, reviewed in the newest edition of the WBSO. "Private Security Companies in Serbia: friend or foe" present us with the compilation of empirical findings of the first of its kind research ever conducted in Serbia. Kenneth Waltz’s "Theory of International Politics" is the first book published in the edition „Library of the Belgrade Security Studies". In this edition you will be able to find, in one place, classics not published in Serbia so far, but as well, work of young promising authors making their first step in this field.

           

          27. october 2008. 

        • Tags: conflict, Georgia, Russi, Security, human rights, international politics, foreign policy, war, international relations, biometry
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