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    • Towards evidence-based discussions: students attended the preparatory seminar "Serbia and security integrations"

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    • Date: 11 October 2010
      Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCBP), in collaboration with the Centre for Social Dialogue and Regional Initiatives (CDDRI) held on October 7-8, for the first time, preparatory seminar for students called "Serbia and security integration". Thirty students from the Faculty of Political Sciences and Faculty of Security will transfer knowledge to their colleagues from the region on October 29, when they will hold introductory presentations within the 4th student seminar "Serbia and NATO". In this seminar, which will be held on Kopaonik, participation of over four hundred students of various faculties of social sciences is expected.
      Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCBP), in collaboration with the Centre for Social Dialogue and Regional Initiatives (CDDRI) held on October 7-8, for the first time, preparatory seminar for students called "Serbia and security integration". Thirty students from the Faculty of Political Sciences and Faculty of Security will transfer knowledge to their colleagues from the region on October 29, when they will hold introductory presentations within the 4th student seminar "Serbia and NATO". In this seminar, which will be held on Kopaonik, participation of over four hundred students of various faculties of social sciences is expected.

      The preparation course is divided into two parts. The first, which had largely concerned the transfer of knowledge of security integrations BCBP researchers were responsible. They invested an extra effort to make lectures as interactive as possible. Therefore, Marko Žilović began the presentation "A, b, c of NATO" with a test. Through working in groups, students discussed the reasons for the establishment of NATO and the reasons for the participation of different countries in the Alliance. During this session, through a brief simulation students had learned about the structure and ways of functioning of institutions comprising Alliance decision making structure and they were introduced to dilemmas NATO had faced since the end of the Cold War.

      The presentation of Zorana Brozović followed, providing background information on NATO enlargement and the common truths and misconceptions about this process which is present in public discourse in Serbia. In the practical part of the workshop, participants discussed the arguments in favour and against Serbia's integration into NATO. Marko Savković in his presentation went through basic documents which are governing the contractual relationship between participants in the “Partnership for Peace” program (PfP), after which students divided into groups chose priority areas of cooperation simulating their roles as security sector actors.

      Sonja Stojanovic, Director of BCSP concluded the first day of the programme with an important lecture on the ways and means of teaching, helping students to prepare their presentations.

      In order to determine whether the objectives of the first day of the programme were achieved, students were quizzed in the beginning of the second day. Results had showed that they had successfully responded to 90% of the questions. Then, in the first panel representatives of security sector institutions in Republic of Serbia participated: Miroslav Glišić, Head of PfP Group in the Directorate for International Military Cooperation of the Ministry of Defence and Vladimir Stamenović, Acting Head of Department for PfP and NATO in the Department of Security Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In their presentations they have presented the key activities undertaken by Serbia within the PfP, but also in response to students' questions, they have considered dilemmas of further development of relations with NATO in light of the self-proclaimed independence of Kosovo, that is, low public support for full membership.

      BCBP guests on the second panel were, defence attaché of Kingdom of Norway Colonel Esbjen Aass, representative of the Political Department of the  U.S. Embassy Conrad Turner and the Embassy of the Czech Republic Jan Vlkovski. Guests had briefly presented their countries' experiences in cooperation within NATO, after which the students with their questions focused the discussion towards the review of some contemporary mission of NATO, Alliance’s role in promoting security sector reform in Serbia and the relations between Serbia and NATO.

      In the third panel participated H. E. Ambassador of Finland in Belgrade Kari Veijalainen and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Swiss Confederation, Stefan Klotzli who spoke of the reasons why these countries are not in NATO, opportunities for intensive security cooperation of one state even if it is not a member of Alliance and about the security cooperation within the PfP.

      Finally the Chairman of the Board of BCBP and Professor at FPS Miroslav Hadzic led a workshop where students following Baldwin's framework for understanding the concept of security, analyzed the recommendations of the Expert Group which upon completion of several months long process of consultation, are to become an integral part of the new NATO Strategic Concept.

      In the evaluation most of the participants had positively evaluated the organization of seminars, pointing to the fore the method of presentation, as for example they emphasized that the whole event for them was extremely informative and that they liked the selection of guests. On Friday, 15 October, at the BCBP volunteers will present their concepts and ideas of introductory lecture before the researchers, after which they will receive feedback and, we hope, further enhance the quality of their presentations.


       
      Related topics:nato, Serbia, seminar, Security, student
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