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ISAC Fund publishes the first report under the scope of the Monitoring Russia-Serbia Relations project
Continuing its activities, ISAC Fund started the Monitoring of Russia Serbia Relations project. The project has a goal of bringing contemporary Russia closer to the Serbian public and to promote that only transparent and rational based relations, free from myths and traditional practices and approaches, could benefit both Serbia and Russia. The Project was conceived out of a need to perceive Russia - Serbia relations in a real and fact based frame, and to put the perspective of those relations under major analysis which would be guided by pragmatic interests of Serbia.
We would like to take this opportunity to announce that the first report of the project "Monitoring Russia-Serbia Relations" has been published and that a roundtable was held at Media Center which dealt with various themes covered by the report.
The roundtable, held on January 21, 2009, is the first of several roundtables which will be organized as part of this project. The themes covered under the first roundtable are as follows:
Russia-Serbia Relations in light of Contemporary International Affairs;
Russia and the Serbian Economy and Energy Relations;
The panelists for the theme Russia-Serbia Relations in light of Contemporary International Affairs were: Dr. Miroslav Jovanović, historian; Mihail Vinogradov, Director, St. Petersburg Policy fund, Moscow; Petar Popović, columnist, "Politika" daily; col. Dragan Vukšić (ret.), Forum for International Relations; Srđan Gligorijević, Director of Analysis, ISAC Fund. The panelists for the theme Russia and the Serbian Economy and Energy Relations were: Dr. Zorana Mihajlović - Milanović, consultant for energy and energy security; Anatoly Pomorcev, analyst, РБК Daily, Moscow; Ivan Torov, journalist and analyst, Belgrade.
The first report consists of six topics:
Russia, Serbia and NATO, was written by Srđan Gligorijević, director of analysis, ISAC Fund. This paper describes several, out of many, aspects of cooperation between Russia and NATO, which is far more developed than the level of cooperation between Serbia and NATO. The paper underlines that Serbia has fallen behind Russia in terms of cooperation with NATO, and argues that the level and intensity of cooperation between Russia and NATO can serve as an example to Serbia.
The Caucasus: Confrontation or Cooperation, is a paper written by Gregory Shvedov, Editor-in-chief for the Internet Agency 24-7, "Caucasian Knot" from Moscow. This paper offers an objective, yet Russian perspective, on the events in the Caucasus in August 2008, the short war in Georgia and Russian recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The paper describes several political changes which occurred in Russia and the Caucasus region as a result of the aforementioned events, as well as wider international political implications. The paper underlines "multivector politics" as a political option for smaller and weaker nations and states, which can provide answers to the challenges of stability as in the case Abkhazia and South Ossetia and in other similar cases.
Freedom of Expression in Russia - Russian Mass Media: Freedom, Censorship or Self Control? Dr. Olga Sadovskaya Aleksandrovna, Deputy Director of the Inter-regional Committer Against Torture, provides an analysis of the media situation in Russia, where the authorities, based on the author's opinion, have at their disposal broad and powerful legal and non-legal instruments by which they indirectly influence the media. Because of such a situation, a phenomenon known as "pro-government self-censorship" appears, as a method of limiting the freedom of the media.
Russia Serbia Energy Deal: Two Sides of a Coin, is a paper by Anatoly Pomorcev, analyst and journalist of Moscow daily РБК, which provides an objective, yet Russian perspective on the Russia Serbia Energy Deal. It strives to show that the deal, in its complete form, is good for Serbia and has more positive than negative results
Serbian Energy Sector - Status and Contemporary Russian - Serbian Energy Relations, written by Dr. Zorana Mihajlović - Milanović, consultant for energy and energy security, provides a critical overview of the Serbian Russian Energy Agreement, before it was signed in December 2008. It also offers an overview of the Serbian energy sector, both from a domestic and regional perspective. This paper takes note of details in regards to the energy sector which are not readily available in public and which in the future might negatively impact Serbian power supplies, while at the same time the paper offers suggestions on the ways the sector can be improved
A View to the Perspective of Russia Serbia Relations at the Beginning of the 21st Century, a paper by Žarko Petrović, Project Consultant for Russia and CIS, is a policy paper which presents ISAC Fund's hypothesis in regards to the "Monitoring Russia-Serbia Relations" project and tries to demonstrate that Serbia's integration into the EU has no alternative, while Serbia's relations with Russia need to continue to develop within the lines of normal bilateral cooperation.