“Serving the transformation of Serbia”

Mission Statement:

ISAC promotes and serves the transformation of Serbia towards EU and Euro-Atlantic membership by addressing the challenges facing the country and the region, influencing policy and decision-making through research, policy proposals, political analysis and forecasts, and specialist education, with the ultimate aim of attaining a more prosperous future for the present and coming generations.


ISAC Fund is a member of the following professional networks:

ISN / International Relations and Security Network
The Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes

About the Project

Find Out What is NATO in Prague and Brussels 2011

ISAC Fund, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, is once again organizing a new open competition for high school students under the name “Find Out What is NATO in Prague and Brussels 2011”. Based on the previous success of this project in 2009-2010 and the positive feedback received from the 20 students who were selected to participate, ISAC Fund is proud to continue to allow students to become acquainted with such an important international institution.

What does the project entail?

The project will allow for a group of ten high school students from all over Serbia to spend two days in Brussels and three days in Prague, receiving a thorough introduction to NATO and the Partnership for Peace program, of which Serbia is part of. While in Brussels, the participants will have a chance to visit the NATO Headquarters and various national missions to NATO, where they will receive lectures and presentations on what is NATO and how it functions. Participants will also have an opportunity to visit SHAPE, the central command of all NATO military operations. In Prague, the participants will be visiting various institutions, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence and the Czech Parliament where they will have presentations which will provide a detailed examination and the reasons behind the Czech Republic’s desire to join NATO, it’s rights and responsibilities as a member and the consequences of membership. The participants will also have time to see around and visit various cultural establishments of both Prague and Brussels.

Last year’s participants had the opportunity to meet several high level officials, including Serbia’s Ambassador to NATO, His Excellency Mr. Branislav Milinković and the Director of the Security Policy Department of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ivan Počuch. Such frank and personal meetings with high level officials allow the participants to engage in debates and discussions on topics which interest them the most, receiving a behind the scenes look on foreign and security policy formulation and interests which lie behind them.

The ten selected students will first travel to Brussels from Belgrade on November 14 and then to Prague from Brussels on November 16, returning to Belgrade on November 19.

Why are we implementing this project?

Serbia became a formal member of the Partnership for Peace (PfP) program in December of 2006. In the meantime, a shift in Serbian foreign policy appeared which led to the reduction of Serbia’s involvement in the PfP program. It is thus important, especially when so many of Serbia’s neighbours are not only PfP members but also full members of NATO, to continue the debate of whether Serbia should in fact become a full member and why that may, or may not be a positive development.


  • Serbia is a member of NATO’s Partnership for Peace Program and thus the citizens of Serbia are entitled to be correctly informed on what that program is and what is Serbia’s role in it;
  • As Serbia is surrounded by members of the Alliance, it is crucial to also understand what are the perspectives and policies of our neighbours;
  • It is important to allow young people to see, experience and learn about European values and its institutions first-hand.


What are the goals of the project?

By implementing this program, we hope to achieve the following:

  1. Have the young people of Serbia come in direct contact with one of the most important military-political institutions in the world, giving them a comprehensive understanding of what is NATO and how it functions;
  2. De-mystify NATO and the role it plays in today’s world;
  3. Provide information on how and why a member state, like the Czech Republic, became a member of NATO, what it had to do to become a member and what are the positive and negative consequences of membership;
  4. Allow students to come in contact with decision makers and policy formulators so they can have a clear grasp on why and how certain decisions are made in the security sector in general.

To apply, please visit the Serbian language page with more details.