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    • BCSP researchers participated in the multinational command and staff exercise Viking 18

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    • Date: 26 April 2018

      Source: Ministry of Defence
      Source: Ministry of Defence

      By „researching“ Serbia's participation in the virtual peacekeeping mission, the BCSP provided its contribution to the multinational exercise Viking 18, which was held  16-26. April 2018. The focus of the exercise was on a comprehensive approach to peacebuilding and crisis management, which involves the cooperation of all relevant civil and military actors.

      Researchers Katarina Djokic, Marija Ignjatijevic and Jelena Pejic represented BCSP at the international exercise, which was simultaneously held in Serbia, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, Bulgaria and Brazil through computer simulation.

      In the Training Center in Banjica, members of the Serbian Armed Forces, as well as the armed forces of eight visiting countries, played the role of a multinational brigade, which is carrying out a peacekeeping mission under the NATO command in the fictional country Bogalend. In a scenario that follows the real situations that military missions face in a post-conflict unstable environment, co-operation with the police, local authorities, the local population, the media, as well as international and local government and non-governmental organizations is necessary for the success of the mission.

      Source: Ministry of Defence
      Source: Ministry of Defence

      "The Viking simulation affects the improvement of interoperability of armed forces in multinational operations, but it also helps training the synergy of various civil and military actors who, each in the domain of their expertise, provide a key contribution to the long-term stabilization of post-conflict and crisis areas," explained BCSP researcher Marija Ignjatijevic.

      "Our idea was to demonstrate the research of capacity and interoperability of the Serbian Armed Forces during the simulation, but we also noticed other ways to engage, for example, through advisory or supervisory role in the fight against corruption or the gender dimension of peacekeeping missions."

      "Unlike organizations such as the Red Cross or Unicef ​​who played a key role in the care of vulnerable groups, our contribution is more noticeable in the long run. The research we are pursuing aims to propose measures to enhance interoperability and international cooperation, and thus help the Army to more effectively carry out its tasks within the second mission - building and preserving peace in the region and the world, "added BCSP researcher Katarina Djokic.

      During the ten-day duration of the Viking 18 exercise, participants were also visited by Minister of Defence Aleksandar Vulin and Chief of the General Staff of Serbian Armed Forces Ljubisa Dikovic.

      Starting in 1999, this is the eighth time that the Viking exercise is performed, and the second time that Serbia participates in it. The Viking 18 gathered about 3,000 participants from 60 countries, making it one of the largest international exercises attended by the Serbian Army.

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