Atlantski savet Srbije

’’Govern Information in Order to Govern Your Future- You Decide, Your Voice is Important!’’

The Atlantic Council of Serbia in cooperation with the Embassy of the United States of America and NATO Public Diplomacy Division has organized a project of public tribunes on Partnership for Peace Programme called “Govern Information in Order to Govern Your Future – You Decide, Your Voice is Important!”.

What is Partnership for Peace Programme, what are practical and military ways of cooperation of the Republic of Serbia within the Programme that are realized, existing and planned? What are the experiences of other countries and what are the advantages of more intensified cooperation with them? These are some of the questions and without these answers we cannot have a realistic judgement. 

 Four tribunes have been organized according to the following plan:

1.    Belgrade, Faculty of Political Science, 165, Jove Ilica Street, Monday, March 22, 2010, at 12 p.m.
2.    Zaječar, Megatrend University, Friday, March 26, 2010, at 12 p.m. (Video)
3.    Kragujevac, Town Assembly hall, Monday, March 29, 2010, at 12 p.m.
       (Hronika TV Kragujevac), (TV Kragujevac - Intervju Slobodan Kosovac)
4.    Belgrade, Megatrend University, 8a Goce Delčeva Street, Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at 12 p.m. (Video)

Respected guests and participants were:

Mr Jan Vlkovsky, from Department of Political Affairs at the Embassy of the Czech Republic as the “contact country“ between Serbia and NATO; Brigadier general Reinhard Schőberl, Defence Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Austria; Lt Col Terje Haaverstad, Defence Attaché at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway; Lt Col Björn Torstenson, Defence Attaché at the Embassy of Sweden; Col. Frantisek Michalik, Defence Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovakia; Navy Captain Petar Boskovic, Head of PR Office, Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia; Deputies of Democratic party: Mr Konstantin Samofalov, Mr Dejan Nikolić, Mr Milan Vučković; Deputies of Socialistic Party of Serbia: Mr Dejan Radenković, Mr Djordje Milićević and Mr Zoran Kasalović; Deputy of political party "Together for Šumadija" and president of Town Assembly of Kragujevac, Mr Saša Milenić; as well as Mr Aleksandar Radić, Military analyst; Mr Filip Ejdus, Assistant at the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade and member of the Board of Centre for  Civil-Military relations; representatives of Atlantic council of Serbia youth, Mr. Branko Lazić-graduate politicologyst, as well as Mr. Boris Viculin from Faculty of Security Studies and beneficiaries of NATO/PfP Project of Trust Fund for Assistance to Discharged Military Personnel in Serbia: Mr Ljubomir Aleksić, Mr Nikola Kindjer and Mr Goran Berečić. 

The first tribune was of closed nature, intended primarily for students and professors of the Faculty of Political Science, Faculty of Security and cadets and officers of the Military Academy in Belgrade. On behalf of the Faculty, the gathering was addressed by professor Predrag Simić, Dean of the Department of International Relations. In Zaječar, people attended and were interested in the tribune in great number as well as representatives of local government, media and students. For organization of this tribune, we are grateful to the Faculty for Management at Megatrend University and town of Zaječar whose mayor deputy, Mr Srećko Nikolić welcomed us before the event. Mayor of Kragujevac, Mr. Veroljub Stevanović and his colleagues from the political party “Together for Sumadija” strongly supported our project and helped us to successfully realize the tribune in their city. Citizens and media in Kragujevac participated actively in the tribune.  The closing tribune at Megatrend University in Belgrade was wider, intended for faculties, media, and non government organizations, representatives of political parties, administrative institutions, diplomatic corps and citizens in general. At this tribune, experiences from previous ones at the Faculty of Political Science, Zaječar and Kragujevac were presented.

Three hour tribune programme managed to keep participants attention and start a two way dialogue and debates on Partnership for Peace. Synchronized films “NATO’s Open Door” and “NATO- Russia Council” contributed to this as well.

The effort of all our respected speakers at the held tribunes contributed to the final goal of the whole project – being better informed and understanding of the issues previously reserved only for closed circles of experts. On the other hand, we believe that the citizens managed to give us their messages, thoughts, dilemmas, hopes and fears. We heard a lot from each other and it is very good mostly because we didn’t have to persuade each other but discussed about our future. PfP is a contemporary moment in Serbian defence and military policy and development of this concept and usage of mechanisms offered through it is a step towards common and better future. 


Atlantis 11.

Dear visitors, we would like to inform you that new edition of our magazine Atlantis is been published, and you can download it in ourPublications page.

-The Importance of the NTF Project in Serbia
-Lt Col.  Terje Haverstad, Defence Attache at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade
-The Partnership for Peace Programme  
-Support to Defence System Reform NATO/PfP Trust Fund Project for Serbia
-Support to Serbia’s ambitions
-Interview with H.E. Mr. Haakon Blakenborg, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in Serbia
-Cooperation with the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia
-Interview with the State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Igor Jovicic
-They said…
-Successful stories 

Study trip for School of national defence

Supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway and in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia, the Atlantic Council of Serbia realized a study trip for students and professors of National Defence School of Military Academy to Belgium. This year’s programme included visits to NATO Headquarters in Brussels, and SHAPE, its military command in Mons as well as offices of European Commission and European Council in Brussels in the period of May 25-29, 2010. Delegation of 43 participants was led by the State Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Mr Igor Jovičić.

During this important trip, future generals had a chance to exchange knowledge and experiences with their colleagues from NATO Headquarters in Brussels and SHAPE, its military command in Mons about various current issues like present NATO political programme with an insight in new strategic concept and security threats, discussions about enlargement and partnership in NATO with stress on NATO–Serbia relation, NATO operations, and discussions about defence system reform. Meetings with the representatives of EU Commission and Council are exceptionally important experience considering announced ratification of Stabilization and Association Process in June 2010. 

The best indices of success and importance of four year study trip to Belgium are impressions and experiences of the students of MA National Defence School as direct beneficiaries. In order to provide participants to pass their experiences to broader public,
Atlantic Council of Serbia is planning to organize a round table in Belgrade. 


Four Years of Successful Cooperation

June 15, 2010 – The  Atlantic Council of Serbia supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway  organized a round table as a closing event of four year project of study trips  for Military Academy National Defence School of the Ministry of Defence of the  Republic of Serbia. The participants were Mr Igor Jovicic, State Secretary at  the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia; the Ambassador of the  Kingdom of Norway in Belgrade, H. E. Mr Haakon Blankenborg; Lt Col Terje  Haaverstad, Defence Attaché of  the  Kingdom of Norway; Mr Jan Vlkovsky, Department of Political Affairs at the  Embassy of the Czech Republic as NATO contact point embassy for the Republic of  Serbia; Colonel Miroljub Sretenovic, Head of National Defence School and  representatives of four generations of students: Navy Captain Petar Boskovic,  Head of Public Relations at MD; Colonel Ranko Mackic; Colonel Mladen Boskovic;  Colonel Zlatan Jeremic, Head of Department of Strategy at NDS.


Project about Democratic Civil Control of Security Sector in Serbia

Programme determination of the Atlantic Council of Serbia, as a representative of civil society organization focused on security sector, led us to organize series of round tables and TV shows in Serbian cities, on Democratic Civil Control of Security Sector in Serbia as an important element which provides functioning of the state and preserving democratic principles. The Atlantic Council of Serbia implements this project in cooperation with Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), a leading organization in the field of security sector control in the world. This project of round tables and TV shows in Kragujevac, Niš, Novi Pazar and Novi Sad is intended primarily for Serbian public, local governments of the cited cities, army, police, fire departments, rescue services and other specialized services and agencies that deal with security issues.
     During the implementation of this project, round tables were held and TV shows were made in Kragujevac and Novi Sad late in October, as well as in Novi Pazar and Niš in beginning of November. Within realization of project of series of round tables and TV shows beside representatives of DCAF- Ambassador Gregor Zore, senior diplomatic advisor and member of DCAF Directing Board, and The Atlantic Council of Serbia, retired General and member of ACS Directing Board- Slobodan Kosovac, and Boris Viculin- project manager, participated members of Serbian parliament: Saša Milenić from political party “Together for Šumadija”, Meho Omerović from Social-democratic party, member of Board for Defence and Security of Serbian parliament, and Dušan Milisavljević from Democratic party, to who we express our gratitude for participation in this project, as well as to DCAF and local authorities of Kragujevac, Novi Sad, Novi Pazar and Niš