Atlantski savet Srbije

The Atlantic Council of Serbia, in cooperation with Gallup International, conducted a research of public’s regard.

The Atlantic Council of Serbia, in cooperation with Gallup International, conducted a research of public’s regard to Euro-Atlantic integrations. The results were announced in the press conference, in the premises of the Atlantic Council of Serbia, on December 13, 2007. The cause was one year anniversary of signing the contract about Serbia’s joining NATO’s Partnership for Peace Programme. Part of that research will be available in this internet web page.
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The Atlantic Council of Serbia in cooperation with OSCE

is conducting a poll and research considering securitz setor in Serbia. The name of the poll is „Serbian general public and security sector“ and the aim of the research is to gain perspective into degree of public knowledge about this issue.
 

The Atlantic council of Serbia’s statement concerning the declaration of independence of Kosovo

Atlantic Council of Serbia condemns the unilateral declaration of independence of Kosovo. In our opinion this declaration - like every other unilateral action - brings disorder and introduces lawlessness in international relations and creates a great crisis in the region... 
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The Atlantic Council of Serbia organized a public tribune about security sector in Media centre

SlikaBelgrade, March 20, 2008. -  The Atlantic Council of Serbia organized a public tribune about security sector in Media centre, on for representatives of all administrative institutions, media, civil sector, experts, faculties, representatives of parliamentary parties etc. The tribune was organized in order to strengthen public discourse about security sector. An introduction was a research of Serbian public’s opinion about this issue conducted by TNS Medium Gallup. This research was conducted for the purposes of the project of the ACS called “Serbian Public about Security Sector”. The project was realized with support of OSCE Mission in Serbia. The research results and conclusions from the tribune will be available on the site.
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We will neither stop nor give up…

SlikaBelgrade, March 18 2008. - The Atlantic Council of Serbia received a delegation of 35 Danish students from the Faculty of Political Science at the University in Copenhagen. Mr. Marko Kovacevic, executive director, Miss Jelena Jelicic, project manager and Miss Dusanka Rodic, member of the Youth organization welcomed the guests on behalf of the Atlantic Council. Mr. Kovacevic explained the goals and way the ACS works as well as the current situation in the country regarding integrations. Miss Jelicic talked about current projects of ACS and Miss Rodic presented the Youth organization and their contribution to the work of ACS as well as their participation in projects and writing for Atlantis. The rest of the time, the hosts answered the students’ questions about current political situation and position of Serbia in integration processes, each from their own point of view.
SlikaThe guests spent an interesting morning and got a new framework for thinking about Serbia’s current situation. Accompanied by the members of ACS, the students then visited the Faculty of Political Science and its Centre for American Studies. They were guests in a tribune with the following lecturers: professor Milan Podunavac, the Dean; Professor Predrag Simic, ambassador and Professor Dragan Simic, PhD. Their next destination was the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Parliament of the Republic of Serbia and other key institutions which will help them understand better the position and situation in Serbia. The students showed a considerable previous knowledge about the situation in the Balkans. This study trip to Serbia will help them see the real picture “on the spot” and get more objective perspective about the situation in the Balkans.
t was a great pleasure to have an opportunity to participate in creation of positive standpoint about Serbia among highly educated future leaders of a country like Denmark. It was another fight in a row for good “reputation” and positive standpoint about current Serbia. We will neither stop nor give up…
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The Atlantic Council of Serbia organized a meeting with NATO PA delegation.

The Atlantic Council of Serbia organized a meeting with NATO PA delegation as a part of their visit to Belgrade. 25 NATO PA delegates were welcomed by the members of the Board of ACS and management of Megatrend University in its building on Monday, April 21, 2008.
SlikaNATO PA delegates were addressed by the President of ACS, Mr Vladan Zivulovic; Vice-chancellor for international cooperation of Megatrend University, professor Slobodan Pajovic, PhD; Executive director of ACS, Mr Marko Kovacevic; Member of the Board, Mr Milos Ladicorbic; Director of TNS Medium Gallup, Mr Srbobran Brankovic. The other members of the Board of ACS participated in a debate about current issues, after which there was a cocktail. Introducing NATO PA delegation to the situation in our country, enhancing the dialogue and exchange of opinions were main topics in the meeting.
 

General Assembly of the Atlantic Council of Serbia was held on April 22, 2008 in the premises of the Atlantic Council.

SlikaThe annual Assembly gathered all the members of ACS. The Atlantic Council of Serbia has been a part of a world NGO network of the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) since its foundation in 2001. Within this network, ACS promotes Serbia as a reliable and important partner ready for strengthening the communication and cooperation with the region and other countries. Through its educational, expert, publishing, PR and project activities, it brings closer the essential importance of Euro-Atlantic concept for better life of each citizen and stability of Serbian society as a whole. In the Assembly, all the members of the Atlantic Council considered activities results in the past year, adopted new guidelines and made a future work plan.
 

Atlantic Council of Serbia gave yet another contribution to Euro-Atlantic integrations of our country.

This time it did it by being one of the organizers of a historical visit of the delegation of National Defence School to the most important military and political centres in Europe. From May 5 until May 10, this twenty member delegation of National Defence School with executive director of ACS, Mr Marko Kovacevic visited NATO School in  Oberammergau, then Marshall Center in  Garmisch-Partenkirchen, NATO Headquarters in Brussels, as well as Military Command in Mons. This was the first official visit of the   National Defence School delegation to centres in Germany. State secretary of Ministry of Defence, Mr Zoran Jefitc was present there. The visit to Belgium was the second one and again in organization of ACS with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in Serbia. Discussions with NATO generals showed that Serbian Army is ready for cooperation and contribution to Partnership for Peace, as well as understanding of the reform process our country is in.
In this context, on May 22, the Atlantic Council organized a reception for the all members of the Army who participated in this project. The gathering that was a summary of impressions and ideas was addressed by H.E. Hans Ola Urstad, Head of the OSCE Mission in Serbia, Mr Marko Kovacevic, Mr Zoran Jefitc and Col Miloljub Sretenovic.
 

Announcement about the Conference of Young political Leaders in Belgrade

SlikaAtlantic Council of Serbia, Centre for Development of Parliamentary Debate and Atlantic Association of Young Political Leaders jointly organized a traditional annual conference of young political leaders on “The Role of Young Leaders in Promoting Stability and Democracy in South-Eastern Europe” on June 11-13. This seminar’s goal was to gather parliamentarians, political councilors and activists and other young people form administrative institutions, media, and civil sector and educational systems of Serbia as well as countries from Europe, Northern America and especially our region. Year’s long cooperation with the Atlantic Association of Young Political Leaders contributed to strengthening of communication and exchange of experiences with the representatives of this network form the developed countries like Norway, Germany, Italy and others. The goal of this year’s seminar was improvement of this world network on the Balkan region using its wide range of capacities. The importance of this gathering was enhanced by the speeches of eminent domestic and foreign persons – Mr. Hans Ola Urstad, Mr. Haakon Blankenborg, Mr. Zoran Jeftic, Mr. Srbobran Brankovic, Mr. Ivan Vejvoda and Ms. Diane Cromer. Apart from the plenary session, this year’s seminar will include workshops in three basic groups:
  1. Young parliamentarians: examples of good practice
  2. Young professionals and EU integrations
  3. Networks of young people: creating, spreading and usage
By proactive participation in workshops and creative debate on how much young people should participate in a Parliament, the Conference successfully reached given goals and showed the potential of present young leaders as well as the potential of such events for the future and readiness of the region to join world processes.
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RECEPTION FOR THE GRADUATES IN ACS

On September, 9, 2008, the Atlantic Council of Serbia gave a reception for the 128th and 129th class of graduates from the Military Academy. After welcoming speeches of its executive director, Miss Tijana Andric and president of the Youth organization, Miss Duska Rodic, lectures were given by Mr Milan Milanovic, Director of Office for Partnership for Peace at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia on Serbia and NATO and Mr Slobodan Kosovac, retired Lieutenant-general and member of the Board of ACS on Serbia-America-NATO.
 

FORUM ON SECURITY

The 10th session of Forum for Security on European Security and Defence Policy  (ESDP) took place on September 10, in the House of National Assembly of Serbia. The Forum was organized by Alumni Association George C. Marshall Centre and European Centre for Security Studies George C. Marshall. It was organized in the form of two pannels: regional and national. The topic of regional pannel was development of European security system and of national one, transformation of Serbian security system. All the speakers were eminent domestic experts in this field. Participants had a chance to listen to Matthew Rhodes, PhD from George Marshall Centre giving lecture on ESDP. The participants were able to hear different points of view about efforts of European Union to improve and define its security system and the impact this will make on relations with Russia and USA, as well as Serbian position regarding this issue. The representatives of the Youth organization of the Atlantic Council of Serbia were Mr Aleksandar Djelosevic, Miss bojana Nesic and Miss Elizabeta Ester Lojpur.
 

Christopher Coker – The future of war

An estimeed professor, Mr Christopher Coker, a lecturer in LSE (London School of Economics) gave a lecture on Wednesday, September 17, 2008, in the house of Serbian Army. The lecture was organized by the Fund for Political Excellence in cooperation with Anglo-Serbian Association and the Institute for Strategic Research at the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia. Profesor Coker gave a lecture on wars and ways they were waged with a retrospective view on Antique Greece and fights between Athens and Sparta, World War II, wars in the area of the former SFRY in the 90s and the most recent conflicts in the world. He presented his vision of future wars by describing wars in big cities of the world and different ways of terrorism. The lecture was attended by members of Youth organization of the Atlantic Council of Serbia, Mr Vladimir Prebiracevic and Miss Dusanka Rodic.
 

The course on "INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ORGANIZATIONS"

SlikaThe Course on “International Security Organizations” was organized by the Italian Atlantic Committee in cooperation with the Atlantic Council of Serbia for officers of School for National Defence in Belgrade on October 13-17,2008.
This programme was a continuance of successful cooperation of the Atlantic Council of Serbia and their colleagues from the Atlantic Committee of Italy, with the School for National Defence.
International Security Organizations Course was organized last year for the first time as a pilot project for the School for National Defence while it has been held for 7 years now in Italy and partner countries. It is intended for the participants who need to know more about international security organizations by interactive approach.  Professor Fabrizio Luciolli, creator and director of this programme, showed good will and made an effort to prepare this course once again, for the needs of Military Academy in Belgrade in cooperation with the Atlantic Council of Serbia.
SlikaThis year, officers of the School for National Defence have had great opportunity to exchange their experience and knowledge of some important issues about international security organizations with eminent foreign experts. This Course is very useful for further perspective and future professional development of Serbian officers.
Official awarding of diplomas to officers was organized on Friday, October 17, in the premises of the School of National Defence. After the ceremony, there was a cocktail in the Atlantic Council of Serbia caused by successful realization of this course. Among many guests, there were representatives of the Military Academy in Belgrade, School for National Defence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia, and military attaches and representatives of embassies in Belgrade.
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Participation in panel discussion „Euro-Atlantic Perspectives of Montenegro – Security Aspects of NATO Membership“

October 31, 2008 – Invited by Coordinating Team for Implementation of Communication Strategy about Euro-Atlantic integrations of Montenegro (Montenegrin government’s technical bearer of the project of its joining NATO), representatives of the Atlantic council of Serbia participated in the Panel on „Euro-Atlantic Perspectives of Montenegro – Security Aspects of NATO Membership“held in Pljevlja. According to the organizer, the invitation was a tribute to our activities and importance in education and expert contribution to the idea of Euro-Atlantic integrations in Serbia and the region. The cited reasons gave us full legitimacy to join the gathering as speakers about security with the highest representatives of Montenegrin Army (one of the speakers was technical chief of Montenegrin Army Headquarters, vice –admiral Dragan Samardzic) and University in Podgorica (Ivana Jelic, PhD, assistant professor at Faculty of Law at the University in Podgorica in International Law). On behalf of the organizer and host, Mr Branko Bulatovic, chief of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Montenegro, specially welcomed Mr Vladan Zivulovic and ACS with a message that cooperation with us will also be a part of their activities in the future.
 

ATA General Assembly

54th General Assembly of the Atlantic Treaty Association, a network of non government organizations with 42 national ATA organizations one of which is the Atlantic Council of Serbia was held in Berlin on November 8-12. A new ATA president was elected, Mr Karl A. Lahmers, PhD, member of CDU in Bundestag, deputy to the president of Defence Committee of Bundestag, head of parliamentary delegation to PS NATO and deputy to the president of PS NATO. Apart from many current issues, it was agreed that the next General Assembly should be held in Ukraine. What is important to express and what was very important for ACS delegation was rejection of Kosovo delegation’s application for membership in ATA. Besides promoting Euro-Atlantic values in Serbia, ACS also promotes our country’s interests in Euro-Atlantic region and this decision was an additional incentive to continue our work within ATA believing that cooperation with the world is necessary and contributes to keeping national interests. In addition to this, Spain and Greece publically expressed opposition, stressing that Kosovo was not a member of international organizations like UN, OSCE, and that it was not a signee of Partnership for Peace and that there was no reason for considering its application for membership. Italy and Belgium suggested postponing, insisting on legality because Kosovo delegation’s application was against ATA Statute. Apart from inner ATA issues, the participants were addressed by Angela Merkel and NATO General Secretary, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. A series of panel discussions was held on „NATO Talk around the Brandenburger Tor“in the embassies of the USA, France, Ukraine, Russia, Hungary and Great Britain stationed around Brandenburg gate. The following topics were discussed: “USA, Europe and NATO and Threats of Eastern Dimension”, “NATO Reform”, “European Security and Defence Policy and NATO” and “Red Lines of Russian Foreign and Security Policy”.
This year’s ATA General Assembly held in the neighbourhood of previous Berlin wall which had divided Eastern and Western Berlin was a place of meeting of East and West on the joint road of solving security challenges.
Delegation of the Atlantic Council of Serbia consisted of Mr Vladan Zivulovic, president of ACS, Miss Tijana Andric, executive director, Miss Dusanka Rodic, president of Youth organization of ACS and Miss Ana Jovancai, member of Youth organization of ACS and assistant at Megatrend University in Belgrade.
 

YATA Award

Youth organization of the Atlantic Council of Serbia, a member of Youth Atlantic Treaty Association since 2001, was greatly honoured to receive an award for “The Best National Activity” for the project “Motivation Strategy” in 54th General Assembly of the Atlantic Treaty Association and 13th General Assembly of Youth Atlantic Treaty Association held on November 8-12 in Berlin. Motivation Strategy is a project which applied the tools of human resource management, a questionnaire which was adapted for the Youth organization of ACS, used statistical analysis for data processing (cluster and factor analysis) in order to determine potential and current motivator or counter motivator in the organization and, according to determined strategy, improve its functioning for the sake of more efficient and effective reaching of the goals with promotion of Euro-Atlantic ideas among young people in Serbia as one of the most important ones.
 

Balkan mosaic

SlikaAtlantic Council of Serbia in cooperation with the Atlantic Committee of Norway organized Balkan Mosaic Symposium in Belgrade on November 24-25, 2008.
This gathering was a part of Balkan Mosaic project, the widest regional programme which was initiated by the partners from Denmark and Norway within ATA (The Atlantic Treaty Asociation), worldwide network of national NGOs that promote and support Euro-Atlantic values. The Atlantic Council of Serbia has been its part since its establishment in 2001.
Balkan Mosaic is an important programme for regional development and cooperation of regional countries. It is consisted of three networks which contribute to better communication, overcoming of bilateral and regional problems and exchange of experiences and knowledge by mutual intercession and effort.
The cited networks are:
  1. NGO network (national ATA from each regional country)
  2. AAYPL network (Atlantic Asociation of Young Political Leaders)
  3. Researchers network
The goal of Balkan mosaic Symposium held in Belgrade was to consider further plans and development possibilities of this important programme.
The participants were representatives of all networks from all regional countries.
SlikaDuring the opening ceremony in the premises of the Atlantic Council of Serbia, on Monday, November 24, 2008, the gathering was addressed by Mr. Ljubomir Nikolic, Deputy to Head of Directory for International Military Cooperation within Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia and Mr. Milan Milanovic, Director of the Office for Partnership for Peace Programme within Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia.
Presentation of Mr. Srbobran Brankovic, Director of TNS Medium Gallup in Serbia, was intended to introduce the guests and partners to Serbian public’s frame of mind concerning Euro-Atlantic integrations and other current issues which were processed by TNS Medium Gallup research in cooperation with the Atlantic Council of Serbia.
Beside domestic experts, the gathering was honoured by Mr. Chris Prebensen, Secretary General of the Atlantic Committee of Norway and Mr. Troels Froling, ATA Secretary General as main initiators and coordinators of regional cooperation programme in Balkans. Regional participants were high representatives of ATA from their countries who contributed to improvement of regional development and cooperation policy by their plans for further development of Balkan Mosaic project in cooperation with the host, the Atlantic Council of Serbia and partners from Norway and Denmark.
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