International Politics Journal Archive


International Politics Vol. 61 No. 1137/2010

Serbia and the World

THE IMPACT OF INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC FACTORS ON PENSION SYSTEM REFORMS IN THE SFRY SUCCESSOR STATES
Velizar Golubović
International Politics, 2010 61(1137):5-17
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The work analyzes the course, contents and political process of the pension reforms in the SFRY successor states. The role of the World Bank, as the most powerful international financial institutions, which have had a very significant role in this process, is especially highlighted. Besides the principal opposition to the concept of the World Bank and assistance to the trade unions regarding education of their delegates, the role of the International Labor Office and International Social Security Association proved to be not much important. The impact of domestic participants was particularly analyzed, which, according to the conclusion of this study, was dominant.

In focus

PRIVATE ENFORCEMENT OF COMPETITION LAW – EUROPEAN PROSPECTS
Bogdan Gecić
International Politics, 2010 61(1137):18-30
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Private enforcement of competition law is gaining ground in Europe. The European Commission has made a number of reform attempts aimed at harmonizing and further endorsing private enforcement on a European scale. This paper discusses the key solutions proposed by the European Commission in its Green Paper and White Paper on Damages Actions for Breach of EC antitrust rules as well as the new draft directive.
A CONTEMPORARY SECURITY PROBLEM – RACIAL POSTMODERNA
Srđan Milašinović, Dalibor Kekić
International Politics, 2010 61(1137):31-52
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Racism, racial affiliation, identity and inter-racial conflicts that have been present on the threshold of the new millennium are a continuous and inexhaustible socio-political and security topic. With their complex nature, these issues are a subject of numerous discussions and interpretations within various contexts and for various purposes, whose contents are more or less ideological. This is an attempt to analyse and impartially present security aspects of theoretical and doctrinary roots, factors and consequences of modern racism, racial division and interracial conflicts in developed and other societies, this particularly including transition ones. The paper also endeavours to find out the causes and mechanisms of racism transformation from the biological to the cultural level.
THE INITIATIVE FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF “NEW SECURITY ARCHITECTURE OF EUROPE” AS A PART OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION’S FOREIGN POLICY
Nikola Marić
International Politics, 2010 61(1137):53-68
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This article analyzes Russian Federation’s initiative for the establishment of the New Security Architecture in Europe. It is trying to identify the “place” of this initiative in Russia’s foreign policy. The initiative was made public in June 2008 and since than it has been a part of the overall consideration of political and academic factors between Vancouver and Vladivostok. The author concludes that the Russian Federation has a strong and long reaching interest for success of the initiative, what would significantly put forward almost every group of Russia’s foreign policy objectives. Furthermore, the author finds that the continuation of this process alone has a positive impact on Russia’s foreign policy.

Analyses

FROM GARAŠANIN TO MILOVANOVIĆ: FIFTY YEARS OF GEOPOLITICAL THINKING IN SERBIA OF THE 19TH CENTURY
Duško Lopandić
International Politics, 2010 61(1137):69-83
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The article “From Garašanin to Milovanović – Fifty years of geopolitical thinking in XIX Century Serbia“ deals with two important texts written by two well known Statemen and diplomats in Serbian foreign policy of XIX Century. The “Nacertanije” (The Project) was the work of Ilija Garasanin, a long-term serving Serbian Prime minister and Foreign afairs minister in the middle of XIX Century. It was the “secret project” designed at the foreign activities of Serbia and having in aim the liberation and unification of Serbian and South Sčavs lands. This policy had a crucial role in Serbian history until the 1th World War. Milovan Milovanović was Serbian Foreign afairs minister in the beggining of XX Century, during the well-known “annexation crisis” of Bosnia and on the wake of two Balkans wars (1908–1912). Milovanović’s article “Our foreign policy” from 1894. represents the continuity of geostrategic thinking in Serbia of that time, which have been started by the ”Nacertanije”. Milovanović have anticipitated in detail the context in which Serbia will find itself two decades later – in the wake of 1th World War: coallition with Russia, conflict with Austria-Hungary, the key issue of relationship between Serbia and Bulgaria for the outcome of the “Eastern question” in the Balkans. In conclusion, the text shows the flexibility of Milovanović’s diplomatic pracice, which, put in the context, may be compared with some aspects of today’s Serbian international situation (claim for application of interantional law and legality in international relations, struggle by peaceful means for interests of a small country, facing sceptical great powers, etc).
INSTITUTIONALISATION AS A KEY FOR DEVELOPMENT OF ECONOMY AND SOCIETY
Ljubica M. Zjalić
International Politics, 2010 61(1137):84-104
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The paper examines institutionalisation as the contribution to upgrading of both economic and social development. This implies a “public system of rules”, which defines agencies and positions with their rules and responsibilities, powers and immunities and the like. The distinction can be made between formal institutions, which determine the political system (government structure, civil rights, and administrative structure), economic structure (ownership rights, contracts) and informal institutions that determine informal norms of cultural values. The increase in the population welfare was the ultimate concern of development and hence, it was believed that economic growth would automatically ensure achievement of that goal. For a long time this had been the expression of a specific “obsession” with economic growth. Disillusionment came about when development theoreticians shifted the focus of their attention from economic growth to employment, income distribution and poverty issues. This confirms that without sound, legitimate institutions, based on knowledge and professionalism, it is not possible to attain progressive social changes. Employment growth is the most reliable indicator of development

Overview of Books

PODSJEĆANJE NA KLASIK – GIOVANNI ARRIGHI: „DUGO DVADESETO STOLJEĆE”
Mladen Jakopović
International Politics, 2010 61(1137):105-109
INTEGRACIJSKI PROCESI ZAPADNOG BALKANA U KONTEKSTU POLJSKIH INTERESA
Nevena Prolović
International Politics, 2010 61(1137):110-113
SAVREMENA DIPLOMATIJA
Zlatko Isaković
International Politics, 2010 61(1137):114-116

Conferences

HAJDE DA RAZGOVARAMO O NATO
Aleksandar Jazić
International Politics, 2010 61(1137):117-119
ENERGETIKA U JUGOISTOČNOJ EVROPI
Aleksandar Jazić
International Politics, 2010 61(1137):120-121

Documents

GOVOR BORISA TADIĆA, PREDSEDNIKA REPUBLIKE SRBIJE NA PROSLAVI DVADESETOGODIŠNJICE PADA BERLINSKOG ZIDA
Boris Tadić
International Politics, 2010 61(1137):123-124