International Politics Journal Archive


International Politics Vol. 64 No. 1150/2013

In focus

NEGOTIATION SKILLS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (CASE STUDY: NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN BELGRADE AND PRISTINA UNDER THE AUSPICES OF EU)
Vladimir Prvulović
International Politics, 2013 64(1150):5-19
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The paper analyses the problems, variants, strategy and negotiation skills of the Serbian representatives in talks with Priština under the auspices of the European Union in Brussels. The first part discusses the need for a high level of expertise and training of public officials and negotiators in order to be able to achieve high results in the protection of state interests. Based on the views presented in the article we have come to the following conclusion: We cannot improve our foreign policy position without public officials who are especially trained and responsible for those functions and are also willing to work in general (not the party) interests. Without trained, prepared and verified negotiators with hard negotiation skills, there is no success in international negotiations. There are no successful negotiations without a solid, pre-arranged and detailed negotiation strategy for each possible course of negotiations. If the negotiations are conducted under pressure and with an imposed solution, these are not negotiations but an ultimatum and, as such, they should be dismissed.
SERBIA’S EU INTEGRATION IN THE LIGHT OF POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE COUNTRY AND IN THE UNION
Marija Urošević
International Politics, 2013 64(1150):20-32
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In this article, the author analyses the impact of the political situation in Serbia on the enlargement policy and its achievements on the path towards EU. Maintaining credibility of the enlargement process, which is crucial to its success, EU has consistently proclaimed the inclusiveness of its policy towards the Western Balkans with the successive European Council confirming that the future of the whole region lies within EU. The Stabilisation and Association process remains the common framework for the necessary preparations. The European Commission has assessed that Serbia has achieved the necessary degree of compliance with the membership criteria. In particular, the key priority has been taking steps towards a visible and sustainable improvement of relations with Kosovo. Further constructive dialogue between Belgrade and Priština is necessary precondition for starting the negotiations with EU. Nevertheless, the deep economic crisis in the EU gives no opportunity for the dynamic and faster European integration of Serbia.
VISEGRAD GROUP: REASONS FOR INTEGRATION AND ITS PERSPECTIVES
Dušan Proroković
International Politics, 2013 64(1150):33-48
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The article analyses the integration of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary into the Visegrad Group (VG). Forming of VG helped in keeping stability in this part of the Europe after the fall of the Eastern bloc. Still, its forming was influenced by other, long-term interests of the geostrategic character. Having this in mind, the structure of this article is divided into six parts. In the first, introductory part, the basic data of the member states are presented. The second part deals with the historical roots of instability in the relations between some VG members. The third part is devoted to the economic effects of forming VG and the effects caused by the great economic crisis. The fourth part deals with the geopolitical aspects of forming VG and the US geostrategic interests in Central and Eastern Europe. In the fifth part, we are trying to show the potential future political hot spots: Silesian issue (in Poland), Moravian issue (in the Czech Republic), Slovak-Roma relations and the periodical radicalization of the Hungarian electoral body. The sixth part is the conclusion.
NEW WEST GERMAN EASTERN POLICY AS A MODEL OR CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Marija Nedeljković-Pravdić
International Politics, 2013 64(1150):49-67
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After the end of the Second World War Germany was split and the divisions between the peoples of the two Germanies were reflected in their different political systems. They were aggravated by the policy of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) which wanted reunification of Germany, while the Democratic Republic of Germany (GDR) sought, above all, to gain international recognition. In 1969, a big turn occurred in relations between the two countries when the social-liberal coalition led by Willy Brandt came to power. The „Neue Ostpolitik“ of Willy Brandt aimed to take a more realistic approach to the dominant trends in East-West relations. The paper aims to explore the achievements made in the field of contractual relations and to examine to what extent this policy model can be applied by countries facing similar problems. In this regard, the author has considered the case study of the two Koreas. The success in conflict resolution largely depends on the ability of the parties involved to adapt to the changes in the international environment when they occur. The author concludes that Neue Ostpolitik is partially applicable to the case of the two Koreas.

Analyses

1963 VIENNA CONVENTION ON CONSULAR RELATIONS – A SHORT OVERVIEW ON THE OCCASION OF ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Đorđe N. Lopičić
International Politics, 2013 64(1150):68-79
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This article presents of short overview of 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations on the occasion of 50th anniversary from its entering into force on 24 April 1963. The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations from 1963 is primarily the biggest success of the United Nations concerning the codification of International Consular Law, which was for centuries uncodified. For 50 years since it was adopted, 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations has justified its existence in the international consular practice, since it was adopted by 175 countries. It could not resolve all issues and problems of consular relations and consular matters, but it has done for most important issues. It has its errors, but it has been left to the states in bilateral consular conventions to solve these problems. It was expected that the Convention would adopt complete immunity to consular officers as was done with diplomats, but it was not adopted. The Yugoslav delegation led by Prof. Milan Bartoš made a significant contribution during the preparations for the Conference and at the very Conference in Vienna when the Convention was adopted. In the Yugoslav and Serbian consular practice, the Convention has justified its existence and helped to resolve thousands of consular cases during these 50 years.
POLITICS OF GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND STATE POLICIES OF THE LARGEST GREENHOUSE GAS EMITTERS
Dragoljub Todić
International Politics, 2013 64(1150):80-91
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The paper presents the general framework of the law and policy of climate change identified in the existing international treaties in the field of environment and in particular the provisions of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol. By considering the specific situation of individual countries and using different criteria (share in total emissions of greenhouse gases, membership in international treaties, the implementation of international treaties, the definition of strategic objectives and the existence and characteristics of national legal systems in the area of climate change) there have been analysed the elements of the policy and law of the states which are the largest GHG emitters. It has especially considered the situation in the Member States of Annex I of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (Australia, Japan, Germany, UK, USA, Russian Federation) and the situation in several countries that have the status of “non-Annex I” (China, Brazil, India, South Africa, Mexico). The paper is based on the assumption that the global policy on climate change depends solely on the policies of the major GHG emitters. This paper describes the thesis that the policy of the largest GHG emitters, despite the differences, has common elements of importance for the achievement of global politics.
CONTEMPORARY ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS: ORIGIN, GENESIS AND CONSEQUENCES
Željko M. Jović
International Politics, 2013 64(1150):92-101
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The subject of the paper is to perceive the important aspects of the contemporary environmental crisis and especially the cause of its origin, what results in the deviations, which have appeared in the process of accelerated and excessive industrialisation of the modern society. Apart from presenting the development of the environmental crisis and pointing to its climax at the present time, the authors aims to point out its key consequences or actually negative effects, which could exert a great impact not only on the considerable lowering of the quality of life of the man in the future, but also on the survival of the Earth itself and the whole mankind. Concerning this as one of the specific consequences of the environmental crisis, there have emerged radical ideologies. Intending to protect the nature and the living world their activities and possible responses to the existing system of values are focused on the use of violence, terrorist methods and weapons.

Gatherings

IZAZOVI I PERSPEKTIVE PRIDRUžIVANJA ZEMALJA ZAPADNOG BALKANA EVROPSKOJ UNIJI
Jelica Gordanić
International Politics, 2013 64(1150):102-103
ISKUSTVA SRBIJE I SLOVAČKE U VEZI SA ZAŠTITOM ETNIČKIH MANJINA – EU KONTEKST
Miloš Jončić
International Politics, 2013 64(1150):104-105

Overview of Books

AFRIČKI ZAPISI
David Đ. Dašić
International Politics, 2013 64(1150):106-108

Documents

Saopštenje Saveta ministra EU o Srbiji
(Brisel, 26. jun 2013)
International Politics, 2013 64(1150):109-109
Izveštaj EK o Srbiji
(Brisel, 23. april 2013)
International Politics, 2013 64(1150):110-119