Atlantski savet Srbije

Spring Council meeting of the Atlantic Treaty Association

Atlantic Treaty Association held its regular spring meeting of ATA Council on 19-20 of June 2012 in Brussels.
On the first day, official part of spring meeting of ATA Council was held at the ATA Headquarters. Main topics discussed at this meeting was: NATO and the future of Afghanistan, NATO Partnerships, Defense capabilities, NATO forces in 2020, Challenges of Public Diplomacy after Chicago Summit, Shape of the international security in the 21st century. 
On the second day of the ATA CM, the meeting was held at NATO HQ in Brussels, where representatives of ATA and YATA had briefings with NATO Secretary General, Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and many other distinguished speakers among which were also Ms. Kolinda Grabar Kitarović – Assistant SG for public diplomacy.
The delegation of the Atlantic Council of Serbia which participated at the Council meeting, was consisted of the ACS president  -  Mr. Vladan Živulović and the ACS project manager – Mr. Boris Viculin.


Workshop ‘’Sustained Emergency Relief- Regionally Developed Capacities’’

From 28 June- 1 July 2012 the Atlantic Council of Albania and Euro- Atlantic Council of Macedonia, organized the workshop : ‘’Sustained Emergency Relief- Regionally Developed Capacities’’.
This workshop gathered more than 40 participants from Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Montenegro and Turkey.
The ACS was represented at this event by a delegation consisted from four persons, lead by our  president – Mr. Vladan Zivulovic.

Conference on Partnership Policy and Smart Defence in the Context of the New NATO Strategic Concept

Centre for Security Cooperation – RACVIAC, held in a period 25.-27.09.2012. conference about partnership policy and smart defence in the context of the NATO NSC. This conference take place at training centre Poljice – Republic of Slovenia and gathered 50 officials/representatives at the decision-making level and experts representing relevant institutions, academia and non-governmental organizations dealing with the activity subject matter. The purpose of this event was to foster and support the Partnership and Smart defence by prompting participants to discuss, share and exchange information and best practices.
Representative of the Atlantic Council of Serbia at the conference was Mr. Boris Viculin, who, on the invitation of organizers held a presentation on the topic ″NATO cooperation with partners (from an NGO point of view

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Regional Post – ISAF engagement

Lessons learned and a legacy for future expeditionary missions

In the last two months our colleagues from the Euro-Atlantic Council of Macedonia, supported by the NATO PDD and MFA of the Kingdom of Norway, were implementing a project ″Regional Post – ISAF engagement , Lessons learned and a legacy for future expeditionary missions″.

This project was focused on the achievements within ISAF, the transition to Afghan security responsibility, the ″lessons learned″ considering the future prospects of the region and offering practical solutions setting out how to support Afghanistan, which will be of immense importance, once transition is complete.


58th General Assembly of the Atlantic Treaty Association

The 58th GA of the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) took place at the NATO Defense College (NDC) in Rome on 5th and 6th February 2013.

The aim of the two-day event, organized by the ATA with the logistic support of the College, was to promote discussion and research on security issues and topics relevant to NATO in particular, and to the international security community as a whole.

In giving his inaugural address, NDC Commandant Lieutenant General Arne Bard Dalhaug (NOR A) had the honour of welcoming a number of distinguished speakers: H.E. Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs; H.E. Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, Italian Minister of Defence; H.E. Arben Imami, Minister of Defence of Albania; the Hon. Franco Frattini, President of the Italian Society for the International Organization (SIOI); the Hon. Karl A. Lamers, President of the Atlantic Treaty Association; and the Hon. Prof. Enrico La Loggia, President of the Italian Atlantic Committee (IAC).


“Write as You Speak and Read as it is Written II”

Regional seminar for media representatives

During the period 12.04.-14.04.2013. in Ruma, The Atlantic Council of Serbia organized the regional seminar about security issues intended for media representatives, named “Write as You Speak and Read as it is Written II”. This is the second seminar of this type that we are organizing in a row, and as a sequel it had much broadened program then the first one. This evolution of the program was created by adding the speakers and participants from the countries of  the ex-SFRY region to the former.  The Atlantic Council of Serbia organized this project with the support of  the British Embassy  in Belgrade and in cooperation with NATO military liaison office in Belgrade.

In the opening speech the auditorium was addressed Mr Boris Viculin, project manager of the Atlantic Council of Serbia , who explained more to the participants and speakers about the structure of the project, after which he passed the floor to Mr. Giuseppe Belardetti – Secreretary General of the Atlantic Treaty Association, who represented the goals and framework of activities of the ATA as international umbrella organization consisting of, in this moment 37 national organizations, to which the ACS is affiliated since 2001. After this short opening speeches the participants and speakers were welcomed by Col. William English on behalf of the British Embassy in Belgrade as the institution that supported this project. He explained significance of this project in the light of security and stability as one of the main goals of the UK foreign policy. When Col. English finished his speech, Mr. Viculin gave the floor to the professor Predrag Simić from the Faculty of Political Sciences who addressed to the auditorium in the role of the moderator of the seminar program.

Within the first panel named ″Foreign and defence policy of the Republic of Serbia and the countries from the region in the framework of Euro-Atlantic cooperation″, the speakers were: Amb. Miomir Udovički, Assistant Minister (Sector for Security Policy); Mr. Miroslav Jovanović  Assistant minister for defence policy, MoD of the Republic of Serbia; Ms. Ljiljana Janković, Director for NATO at General directorate for NATO and security policy at the MoD of Montenegro; Mr. Kristijan Beljan, Manager of the Defence Policy Division , Department for Defence policy, MoD of Croatia.


Conference “Serbia within security and economic challenges of the Euro-Atlantic area”

The Atlantic Council of Serbia in cooperation with the Megatrend University and Security Defence Agenda from Brussels, organized a conference "Serbia on security and economic challenges of the Euro-Atlantic area." The conference was held on 26.04.2013. at the Megatrend University in Belgrade.   

The conference was opened by the President of the Atlantic Council of Serbia and Rector of Megatrend University professor Mića Jovanović, who described the new agreement between Belgrade and Pristina as a step forward for Serbia and give the recognition to the negotiating team. In his opening speech, President of the Atlantic Council of Serbia, said that the ACS fully supports the inclusion of Serbia in the global security system. Introductory speeches at the conference were held by the Serbian Prime Minister – H.E. Ivica Dačić, Mr. Miroslav Jovanović, - Assistant minister for defence policy, MoD and Mr. Jelko Kacin - the EP Rapporteur for Serbia.



Serbia and EU lecture by IFIMES

Atlantic council of Serbia Advisor for International relations  Djordje Colovic attended  the lecture titled Serbia and EU done by Zoran Zivkovic, former Serbian Prime Minister. The lecture was held in city of Ljubljana on the 17.5.2013. Topics were relations between Serbia and EU and accession process, current events in Serbia like the resent Brussels treaty between official Serbia and Pristina. After the lecture participants were able to talk to Zijad Becirovic and Bakhatyar Aljaf.

Vladimir Kruljs comment

Executive Director of Atlantic council of Serbia Vladimir Krulj published a comment in UK magazin The Telegraph under the title „Why Serbia’s long and arduous path to EU membership will be worth it“. The comment was published on 1st of June, here you can read the article.

Dinner held in american residence

Vladan Zivulovic, president of Atlantic council of Serbia,  on June 3rd, attended a dinner at the residence of His Excellency the American Ambassador, held in honor of Dr Evelyn Farkas Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. Dinner was attended by Mr. Nenad Radicevic from Politika, Mr. Predrag Vasiljevic from Vecernje novine, Mrs. Tatjana Jovic from RTS, Mr. Igor Kuzovic from Kurir-info, Mrs. Mira Svedic from the magazine Defense and Mrs. Tijana Andric Country Advisor, NATO Liaison Office Serbia. All of the above were very professional while participating in Embassy projects.
Relations between Serbia and NATO were discussed during dinner as well as bilateral cooperation between Serbia and America. Journalists were pleasantly surprised with Mrs. Farkas reaction. Not only she answered the questions but she also reciprocated by asking the journalists for their opinion on current events in Serbia.

International Summer School on Koločep

Projects manager of Atlantic Council of Serbia, Boris Viculin, participated in the International Summer School on Koločep in Croatia, between  17th -29th of June. School was organized by the Atlantic Council of Croatia. Participating in the lectures, attendants had the opportunity to improve their knowledge on the current challenges faced by the NATO countries and regions. Lectures were given by reputable experts from the region as well as from Ukraine, Italy, Germany and  the United States.
After these comprehensive and interesting lectures, participants were able to get involved in discussions. In order to properly understand the challenge of decision-making, and how to use the gained knowledge, attendants had the opportunity to participate in a simulation called “Future of the High Representatives Office (OHR) “in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

International conference

North Korea: State Crime, Security and Human Rights

Atlantic council of Serbia Advisor for International relations  Djordje Colovic attended  the international conference, 5.july 2013, in Hannover. The conference will be chaired by Prof. Cordula von Denkowski (Faculty V, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover) and presentations will cover a variety of topics: North Korea’s striving for nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, the involvement of North Korean authorities in transnational crime, potential scenarios of a Korean re-unification, repressive North Korean domestic policies and the situation of North Korean refugees. Particularly in Germany, academic research on North Korea has been presented only on rare occasions.


Talasanje-Pusti priču

Project manager of Atlantic Council of Serbia, Boris Viculin, was a guest on the show “Talasanje – Pusti priču”, at Radio Belgrade 1. Besides him guests on the show were Marko Savković, researcher at Belgrade Centre for Security Policy and Ljubodrag Stojadinović, military and political commentator for the daily newspaper Politika. Shows topic was a discussion evolving around these questions: How sustainable is neutrality of Serbia in the NATO environment? Does the European integrations means Atlantic integrations?

NATO round table

New magazine organized a forum on 17th July 2013. Subject was “Will the relationship between Serbia and NATO change after the start of EU accession talks?” discussion focused on correlation between European and Atlantic integration of Serbia. The formal opening ceremony was conducted by Nadezda Gace and Ratko Femic. Gace stressed the need of a debate on this specific topic, but at the same time she  emphasize the importance of differentiating emotional from rational approach when dealing with this subject.

After the official opening, participants were addressed by: Miroslav Jovanovic, Assistant Minister for Defense Policy; Dijana Ivancic from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia; Slovakian ambassador NJ.E. Jan Varso; Rajnhard Shoberl Austrian military Attaché; and MP Dragan Sormaz.

Second part of the forum started with displaying research results done by “Ipsos strategik marketing” on the subject of Serbian euroatlantic integrations, following with representatives of the NGO and academic community addressing the participants. They came to a conclusion that, in approaching this subject, there is a need of doing that in a non-fatalistic way, but rationally and in accordance with the foreign policy, which Serbia doesn’t have yet. The researchers concluded that Serbian public is very emotional about the subject, badly informed and not aware of how NATO as an organization really functions. The public perception is often different from the facts, is one of the conclusions of the researchers. Therefore, they believe that policy-makers are responsible and that they should inform citizens and speak clearly and precisely in a language that is understandable to ordinary people.

Boris Viculin, project manager of the Atlantic Council of Serbia (ASS), stressed that the EU and NATO should be seen as "two sides of the same coin." He referred to the "eastern enlargement" of the EU and NATO in 2004, when a group of Eastern European countries, before joining the EU in May, joined NATO in March as well. He talked about the economy and security within the context of EU and NATO treatment. He pointed out that our region (Western Balkans and the wider Balkan area) is fully oriented towards NATO. He underlined the importance of Article 5 of the Atlantic Charter, according to which NATO membership guarantees protection to their members if a third party attacks. Admittance to NATO, Viculin said, will give Serbia an increase in direct foreign investment, and he suggests Romania as an example.

A discussion followed after the presentation of all the panelists to address the issues of confidentiality and transparency of the Ministry of Defense, a different perception of certain members of the EU and NATO (like Italy), the validity of proclaimed military neutrality and its subsequent non-compliance with the security strategies that neutrality does not even mention. One of the topics was the need for reconstruction of the destroyed building of the General Staff and the Ministry of Defense. The paper outlines and praises the reform of the defense system in comparison to other sectors in the country.


Meeting held between Mr. Vladan Zivulovic and Mr. Chris Germanacos

The Board president of the Atlantic council of Serbia, Mr. Zivulovic, had a meeting with Mr. Chris Germanakos the Senior Vice-President of Louis Berger company, in the month of June this year. The meeting was held at the insistence of the Berger Group whose member is this company. Louis Berger Company has been present in Serbia since 1970 and their projects in Serbia alone employ over 110 experts in their fields. Berger Group ranks amongst the most eminent design and engineering consulting firms in the world. Within the past 60 years, Berger Group has succeeded in maintaining their leading position amongst the top 10 companies in the world.
Topic of the meeting was future cooperation and assistance between Atlantic council of Serbia and Louis Berger company.

Informal dinner with the American ambassador

On July 27th, it was our honor to host His Excellence Michael D. Kirby the American ambassador, at an informal dinner held by the Atlantic Council of Serbia. The dinner was also attended by Mr. Wolfgang Reiserer, founder of Heidelbereger Factoring AG; his partner, Sinisa Novakovic, and Mr. Michael O’Leary-Collins, Chief Executive of Greenhouse Capital. Members of the Atlantic council of Serbia were also present at the dinner were Vladan Zivulovic, President of the board, president of ASS, Prof Dr. Mica Jovanovic, also the rector of Megatrend Universiy, and Miroslav Milicevic, member of the board.
Main subjects mentioned at the dinner include the domain of Homeland Security, Serbian and American, and collaboration between USA and Republic of Serbia. Main topics were conditions and opportunities for investments in Serbia. Mr.Reiserer, and Mr. O’Leary, shared their business experiences in the country. His Excellence, Michael D. Kirby, gave us his opinion on how to improve conditions for investments and business in Serbia.

The decision of ACSs leadership

The Atlantic council of Serbia leadership, guided by the idea of its member  Ronald Finley, decided to establish a Business department. Whit understanding of current time and place and being aware of the difficulties of getting  financial support  for development of projects, the main idea of this endeavor is providing help for members of Atlantic council of Serbia trough sponsorship. This department is going to help with obtaining permits, lobbying and counseling. The idea is to follow the example of Atlantic council of USA.


NATO Advanced Training Course-NATO Regional Summer School on Cyber Defence

Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia

The Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and the Military Academy „General Mihailo Apostolski“, University „Goce Delcev-Strip“-Macedonia (associated member), with the support from the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme are organizing „The NATO Advanced Training Course-NATO regional Summer School on Cyber Defense (RSSCD)“ from 20th to 27th October, in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia.

The topics that will be discussed are:
•Identifying clear priorities as to who, when and where is responsible for necessary actions to organize and conduct effective cyber defense under the current NATO Cyber Policy Initiatives in order to protect allies and partner nations government, critical infrastructure, and the civilian population
•Understanding of why preventing cyber-attacks and building cyber resilience is crucial not just for effective cyber defense but for overall defense
•Addressing and understanding international legal challenges for effective cyber defense from attacks against the government, the military
•Encouraging comprehensive approach during future process of NATO countries and partners cyber defense policy development
•Developing cyber defense capabilities focusing on the human factor as one of the crucial elements of cyber resilience

This important topic will bring together government officials, NGOs representatives, research fellows, academia to share their ideas and views on the topics related issues.
The Atlantic Council of Serbia is invited to participate at the upcoming conference. Corporative member of ACS TeleGroup is sending Mr. Aleksandar Gligorijevic as their representative. He will be joined by a member of YATA Serbia Vladimir Kokanovic.

Visit from Prof. Piloto and his students

The Atlantic Council of Serbia arranged a visit from prof. Stefano Pilotto and his students of International Relations from University in Trieste on October 8 2013. Professor is a longtime friend of Atlantic Council of Serbia and a friend of Serbia and its people; this was confirmed on several occasions by his actions directed towards our best interest and well being.

The visit was organized during the Study tour of the Western Balkans; Professor Pilotto organizes these tours for his students every year so they can have a better understanding of the curriculum through direct experience. Professors longtime mission was very productive, his students admit, sometimes you can’t form a complete picture only from reading books.

Students led by Prof. Pilotto went on a tour of Serbia. They visited Serbian monasteries in Kosovo and Metohija, they walked across the bridge on the river Ibar in Kosovska Mitrovica; they had a unique opportunity to talk to local population and Serbian clerics and find out firsthand about real life in Kosovo and how Serbian population lives there.

Hosts of this visit were ACSs President of the Board Vladan Zivulovic, Member of the Board Ana Jovancai, Project manger Boris Viculin and Advisor for International Affairs Djordje Colovic. We were joined by Kristina Miletic from Italian Atlantic Committee.

During dinner we discussed history, current relations between Italy and Serbia and the importance of spreading evro-atlantic ideas among younger generations.

"Partnership tour"

(14.10.-18.10.2013. Kragujevac, Niš, Novi Sad, Zaječar, Belgrade)

During 14.-18.10.2013. the Atlantic Council of Serbia and Slovak Atlantic Commission, supported by the NATO PDD and SlovakAid and in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Slovakia in Belgrade as the NATO Contact Point Embassy in Serbia, have implemented „Partnership tour“ project in five cites of Serbia, namely - Kragujevac, Niš, Novi Sad, Zaječar and Belgrade.

This project represented a continuation of years long work of the Atlantic Council of Serbia on extracting the discussions about important security topics from the capital and analyzing it with the citizens from other cities in our country previously done through public platforms „Young people of Serbia today and tomorrow “ , „Project of round tables and TV shows about democratic and civil control of security sector“ and very successful public platforms about the Partnership for peace program named „Govern information in order to govern your future!“.

This year, public discussions in cities of Serbia represented presentation of experiences of the Republic of Slovakia about euro−atlantic integration, partnerships within international organizations and programs from this area, such as Partnership for Peace∕NATO and EU, political as well as the security aspects of the former and national interests that states can fulfill through international cooperation.


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„Partnership tour“

Believing that is general interest to have relevant and objective information about the topic or issues that are the point of decision before making it, with this project we wanted to provide the public with neutral, expert and unbiased information and accordingly to ease the process of communication about these topics between local and state actors with the citizens in the future, when these topics will eventually come in the center of attention.

The Atlantic Council of Serbia uses this opportunity to express its gratitude to the partners on this project, organizations and institutions that supported it, and the participants.


Rector Jovanovic has received the honorary doctorate that has previously been given to 12 Nobel Prize winners!

Rector of Megatrend University prof. Mica Jovanovic, PhD, has received the honorary doctorate from University del Norte from Paraguay, which is the biggest and most prestigious private university in this country and Latin America. This award has been presented to rector Jovanovic on Thursday, 24th October at Megatrend University. 

Rector Jovanovic received the award for his entire life’s work as well as his contribution to the development of higher education in the 20th and 21st century. This honorary doctorate has a special value, since among other recipients of the award, there were twelve Nobel Prize winners. Paying homage to the Rector Jovanovic, prof.Alain Saint- Saëns, PhD, vice rector of University del Norte, has listed some of the most significant awards given to Rector Jovanovic for his past achievements in the fields of education and business. Amongst many awards mentioned by prof. Saint- Saëns, the most significant is the medal for outstanding contribution in European integrations, given to the rector by the Italian president, followed by the Order of Civil Merit, where prof. Jovanovic was awarded by Spanish King Juan Carlos. 

“The title Doctoris Honoris Causa we proudly give to one of the most successful scientists and businessmen in Serbia”, said prof. Saint- Saëns.

While saying thanks on this prominent award, prof. Jovanovic reminded us of Paraguay’s cultural and economic developments, which mark an incredible growth in the past couple of years despite the global financial crisis. 

What is very interesting is that the rector of University del Norte, Juan Manuel Marcos, is also Paraguay’s renowned writer. On Friday, 25th October at 6pm, on the Megatrend stand at the 58th Belgrade International Book Fair, the promotion of his book Gunter’s Winter will take place. The novel Gunter’s Winter is one of the most significant literary works in Paraguayan literature, especially in post-boom era. It is considered to be one of the most important novels in the last four decades representing the renewal of contemporary Paraguayan fiction. The movie, which carries the same title, has been made based on the book, winning the hearts of the movie lovers around the world. 

Megatrend University and University del Norte have signed a cooperation agreement. This agreement includes the student exchange programs, master studies, organization of international scientific projects and conferences. Prof. Saint- Saëns and prof. Jovanovic have strong intention, not only to improve the cooperation between the two universities, but also to improve the economies, relationship and educational institutions of the two countries.


Visit of Chief of NATO MLO Belgrade

Chief of NATO Military Liaison Office Belgrade , Brigadier General Ornello Baron and  Country Advisor Ms. Tijana Andric visited the Atlantic Council of Serbia, on November 5, 2013. The interlocutors summarized the outcomes of the last project „Partnership tour“  that was implemented by the ACS with the aim of promoting the Euro-Atlantic integration in Serbia. During the visit, the ACS representatives used the opportunity to  present  new ideas, projects and  activities  that our organisation is planning to carry out in the future. 

Regional cooperation of the Atlantic Councils in the West Balkans

President of the Board of Atlantic Council of Serbia Mr. Vladan Zivulovic attended a meeting, organized by the Atlantic Council of Macedonia, in Skopje on the 19th of November 2013. Also present was Arian Starova, president of the Atlantic Council of Albania, who presented us with the idea of establishing a regional group of Atlantic organizations in the West Balkans within ATA. The members of this group should be Atlantic Council of Albania, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Atlantic Association of Kosovo. The objective of this group will be the makings of joint efforts in continuously informing and educating the public community with the common Euro-Atlantic values.
The Atlantic Council of Serbia accepted this propsal with pleasure bearing in mind the good relations it had with both Atlantic Council of Albania and Macedonia.