“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.

 
 
 
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ISAC Fund dedicates a notable portion of its work to publishing, by printing original writing, translations of the most important documents and fundamental works in the areas of international relations, European integrations and security.


ISAC Policy Perspective

Crimea and Russia’s “new” attitude towards Kosovo

The topic of this analysis is the question of Serbian-Russian relations and the direction of Russian policies towards Serbia and Kosovo after the recognition of independence and annexation of Crimea. Author lists all of the inconsistencies of these relations after the recent events in Ukraine, and points to possible open issues that can become obstacles on Serbia’s EU Path.

Relations between Serbia and Bulgaria, position of Bulgarian minority in Serbia and process of European integration

In obtaining EU candidate status and with the start of the accession negotiations, the relations with neighboring countries vis-à-vis the rights of national minorities in Serbia became one of the most important foreign policy challenges for Serbia. This document covers one of the recently opened questions, that is the relations between Serbia and Bulgaria and the issue of the respect of rights of the Bulgarian national minority in Serbia. The authors approached this topic in a comprehensive and balanced manner, with an aim to give concrete policy recommendations for overcoming this situation.

"Serbian-Albania trade tripled since 2006: Why there is room – and need – for more?"

In the light of the experience of European integration in the past fifty years, mutual trade and economic integrations have been the basis for the improvement of relations between Serbia and Albania through a so-called spill-over effect. In the same manner, these states should push for the further development of trade relations, which could then serve as the basis for the improvement of overall relations and for a reconciliation process between the two nations on their path towards the EU. ISAC Fund has prepared a set of policy recommendations having in mind the need for even tighter economic connections with Albania.

CEFTA 2006 - Just a phase in transition or a springboard for the EU membership?

CEFTA 2006 is one of the most important regional initiatives in the Western Balkans. In the last 4 years, CEFTA has helped reestablish the political and economic cooperation between the countries of the region, thus contributing to their preparations for the EU membership. However, there are provisions outlined in the CEFTA 2006 agreement that have still not been put into practice, due to the lack of political will. Accordingly, ISAC Fund has prepared a set of policy recommendations that would help with the full implementation of the CEFTA 2006 capacities.

(available in the Serbian language only)

NATO AND SERBIA

The text comments the arguments for and against accession to NATO used during the recent debate in Serbian public (2010).  The author lists all of the positive effects and benefits that Serbia could obtain from membership in NATO. The paper also contains a set of practical foreign and security policy proposals if the country remains neutral.

Through Blood, Sweat and Tears Serbia could, at the earliest, enter the EU in 2018

In this analytical text Željko Pantelić counters often unrealistic promises of Serbia’s imminent joining to the EU, by explaining accurate perspective of Serbia’s road to EU, and main phases of the process.


ISAC Fund launches a new publication, the ISAC POLICY PERSPECTIVE

In order to attain one of its key goals – the qualitative improvement of public policy development in Serbia – as well as to provide timely commentary of important developments and policy issues in Serbian, regional and European affairs with its unique point of view, the ISAC Fund is launching its new publication: the ISAC POLICY PERSPECTIVE. The first ISAC Policy Perspective, titled “Defining the Anti-reformers, Redefining the Reformers”, written by Milan Pajevic, Chairman if the ISAC Fund International Advisory Board, also marks the beginning of Mr Pajevic’s full-time engagement with ISAC.

The ISAC Policy Perspective will be published when events warrant it, rather than on any regular timeline. It is ISAC Fund’s aim to engage firstly its International Advisory Board members as authors of the ISAC Policy Perspective, but also the like-minded experts, ISAC Fund alumni, friends and other reform-oriented individuals.


Analysis and Policy Papers

#CFSPSerbia #EUGlobalStrategy – Conference Conclusions

As a result of the 2nd CFSP Conference “The European Union’s Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy and the Western Balkans” held on July 14, 2016 in Belgrade, ISAC presents the most important conclusions from this event.
The report focuses on the main questions related to Serbia – EU relations in light of the new EU Global Strategy: The process of the strategy’s creation and the steps that follow; Elements of the EU Global Strategy; Importance of the EU Global Strategy for the Western Balkans; Serbia and its process of accession negotiations with the EU.    

Collection of policy papers on security policy from the perspective of young leaders

This compilation of policy papers on security policy is mainly focused on aspects of foreign and security policy and particularly sought to address security sector reform, civilian and democratic oversight on the security sector and advancement in Euro-Atlantic integrations.

Analysis of Serbia’s alignment with foreign policy declarations, positions and measures of the EU in 2015

ISAC Fund presents its second annual analysis of Serbia’s alignment with declarations, positions and measures adopted under the framework of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy. The analysis provides a critical review of the process of alignment, while providing a number of recommendations for the Government of Serbia and its negotiating team.

Serbian-Romanian Relations and the Status of the Vlach Minority in Serbia

The study is the end result of a research project supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Serbia. The aim of the research and the study itself was examining all relevant aspects of the bilateral relations between Serbia and Romania concerning the position and status of the Vlach minority in Serbia. It also aims to promote and further deepen the Serbian-Romanian relations and partnership on Serbia’s path towards the European Union.

#CFSPSerbia Conference Conclusions

As a result of the two day international conference “CFSP and Serbian Accession to the European Union” held on 12 and 13 May 2015 in Belgrade, International and Security Affairs Centre (ISAC) presents the most important conclusions from this event.
The report focuses on the main questions related to the Serbia – EU relations in the light of foreign policy: Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union and the prospects for deeper integration, Common foreign and security policy and future prospects, Common foreign and security policy and the Western Balkans - The importance of regional cooperation for the CFSP, The importance of a Common Security and Defence Policy, The importance of the Common Foreign and Security Policy for Serbia’s EU accession - negotiations in Chapter 31.

Ukrainian crisis - Views from Ukraine, Germany and Serbia

As a result of the international conference Ukrainian crisis - Views from Ukraine, Germany and Serbia held on 20 March in Belgrade, International and Security Affairs Centre (ISAC) and Fridrih Ebert Foundation present a report on the course and main conclusions from this event.

Ukrainian conflict is one of the biggest challenges for the European Union today, and it does not only affect international affairs and the stability of one of the EU partner countries in Eastern Europe, but also the stability of the entire EU.  Because of the internal debate on the orientation of the foreign policy of Serbia and progressive harmonization of the Common Foreign and Security Policy, the citizens of Serbia need objective information from all sides.

The report is therefore focused on the main issues related to the crisis in Ukraine: the beginning of the crisis - the reasons, challenges and directions of deepening; the position of the EU; Ukraine's internal situation in the context of the crisis; and finally Serbia's attitude towards Ukraine's crisis.

Analysis of Serbia’s alignment with foreign policy declarations, positions and measures of the EU in 2014

The Working Group on Chapters 30 and 31 of the National Convention, coordinated by ISAC Fund, presents its first annual analysis of Serbia’s alignment with declarations, positions and measures adopted under the framework of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy. The analysis provides a critical review of the process of alignment, while providing a number of recommendations for the Government of Serbia and its negotiating team. The analysis is only available in Serbian.

Introduction to the negotiations on Chapter 30 - Economic Relations

As a result of the conference “Introduction to the negotiations on Chapter 30 - Economic Relations” which was held in October 2014 as a part of the activities of the Working Group on chapters 30 and 31 of the National Convention on the EU, ISAC Fund, as the coordinator of the working group presents the first policy paper devoted to preparations for the opening of the negotiations on this chapter

The compendium of policy papers

The compendium consists of five policy papers that are the result of the project “Young Leaders Training”. Participants of the program worked in groups on the proposals and they chose specific questions within the topics, angle of approach and the number and content of the recommendations.

Introduction to Serbia’s Negotiations with the EU on Chapter 30 - External Relations

The purpose of this study is precisely to provide the first information about the content of negotiations in the Chapter 30, and provide the basis for the beginning of the public debate on these issues. The main challenges and dilemmas that await us as a country during the negotiations are presented in a concise manner. The publication is also the first product of the partnership and collaboration of the International and Security Affairs Centre (ISAC) and the European Policy Centre (CEP), regarding the support and following of the negotiations in the Chapter 30 in the subsequent period

Bulgarians in Serbia and Serbian-Bulgarian Relations in the Light of Serbia’s European Integration

The EU integration process is often burdened with complicated bilateral and cross-border issues between candidates and neighbouring EU member states. These issues could endanger the efficiency of the process of negotiations, thus stall the progress and contribute to the prolonged instability in the region. During 2013, in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Belgrade, the research team of the ISAC Fund completed a field research in Bosilegrad and Dimitrovgrad, two municipalities in South Eastern Serbia predominantly populated by the ethnic Bulgarians, as well as in Belgrade and Sofia. Through series of interviews with various stakeholders and in-house research results, ISAC has formulated conclusions and policy recommendations for all of the involved stakeholders.

The version in Bulgarian language is available here.

From Four Pillars of Foreign Policy to European Integration: Is There a Will for Strategically Orienting Serbia’s Foreign Policy?

With the support of the European Fund for the Balkans, through the Think and Link programme, ISAC Fund has undertaken an public opinion poll about the foreign policy of the Republic of Serbia, along with the publishing of its policy study From Four Pillars of Foreign Policy to European Integration: Is There a Will for Strategically Orienting Serbia’s Foreign Policy?. The goal of this research was to find out to which extent the results of the poll correspond with the findings of the above mentioned policy study, but also to find out how citizens perceive foreign policy domain.

Neutrality in the XXI century - Lessons for Serbia

Excerpt from the review of Prof. Dr. Predrag Simic:
Compendium “Neutrality in the XXI century - Lessons for Serbia” is the most ambitious attempt so far in Serbia to comprehensively and in-depth address the issue of neutrality in contemporary international relations, the question which is, in Serbia as well as in many other countries, a subject to scientific and political debates and conflicting interpretations. What characterized this project is a good selection of topics, a fine structure of the compendium and the expertise of authors. All of those contributed so that the readers of the book gets familiar with experiences and contemporary views of the old and the new neutral countries, but also with the main issues raised by the debates about neutrality which are now taking place and also the importance, or rather, unimportance, of neutrality in contemporary circumstances. Thus, the compilers of this compendium offered answers to many questions which are also relevant for Serbia. It can therefore be concluded that this compendium will be able to offer to the Serbian scientific and political public the answers to many questions that were the subject of a broad debate about its political and strategic decisions in the recent years.

Serbia and Hungary - Political and Economic Perspectives

There are numerous discussions and publications regarding Serbian-Hungarian relations, however these are often limited to common history and culture. Present issues, challenges and opportunities often remain out of the focus of the public and the elite in the two countries. Having this in mind, the International and Security Affairs Centre (ISAC fund) and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Serbia, decided to concentrate on current topics such as bilateral relations, European integration, economy, trade, cross border cooperation, as well as the issue of national minorities, and to provide a fresh look on Serbian-Hungarian relations. The result is the newest ISAC’s policy study titled Serbia and Hungary - Political and Economic Perspectives. The study itself is based on ISAC Fund’s in-house research as well as on information gathered at the conference Serbian-Hungarian Relations – A Way Forward (Belgrade, June 18, 2012) organized by ISAC and Friedrich Ebert Foundation .

From Four Pillars of Foreign Policy to European Integration: Is There a Will for Strategically Orienting Serbia's Foreign Policy?

With the support of the European Fund for the Balkans, ISAC Fund’s research team presents its most recent policy study titled FROM FOUR PILLARS OF FOREIGN POLICY TO EUROPEAN INTEGRATION: IS THERE A WILL FOR STRATEGICALLY ORIENTING SERBIA’S FOREIGN POLICY?
This study examines the problems of Serbia’s foreign policy from 2008–2012, as evaluated on three points: its lack of long-term strategy; the malfunctioning of its system of decision-making and supervision; and the problems of its process of harmonization with the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy. The main purpose of this study is to offer a set of recommendations for reforming the approach to these questions, derived from an in-depth examination of the mentioned foreign policy aspects with the aim of bolstering the nation’s political standing abroad.

Civil Society - an important asset in EU accession negotiations in Serbia and Montenegro

As a part of the TRAIN programme, ISAC Fund has in cooperation with CDT from Podgorica published a policy paper Civil Society - an important asset in EU accession negotiations in Serbia and Montenegro

Neutrality in Europe in the 21st century and the Case of Serbia

The topic of this analysis is the development and the dynamic change of the concept of neutral state in international relations since the XIX century. The text also presents the cases of few European states that are commonly accepted as being permanently neutral, or which strive to be accepted as such. Based on both theoretical standpoints and practical cases, the author has outlined the conditions that one state needs to meet in order to be internationally accepted as permanently neutral in post- Cold war era. Finally, the author compares these conclusions with the case of Serbia’s self-proclaimed status of neutrality.



Using Candidacy to Entice Further Reform

This paper looks at why Serbia should receive Candidacy Status for European Union membership in light of the European Council decision taken in December 2011. It argues that Serbia can achieve much more vis-à-vis reforms and the adoption of the acquis if its European path is kept open and steadily encouraged, in this case via Candidacy Status. The paper also considers the effects of Kosovo in the overall European integration process of Serbia and how further integration can assist in finding an acceptable solution for both sides.



Turkey in the Western Balkans: The Means and Goals of the New Foreign Policy

Although Turkey sees itself increasingly as an emerging power in international relations, it leads the policy that is in line with NATO stability priorities in the Western Balkans. Many countries in the region continue to accept the independent initiative of Turkey, which represents an opportunity for Turkey to use this influence as a subject for negotiations with the EU.
Based on the conclusions of the conference "New Turkish Foreign Policy in the Western Balkans" held in April 2011, and independent research, ISAC is publishing the policy paper "Turkey in the Western Balkans: The Means and Goals of the New Foreign Policy." The document contains overall analysis of the new Turkish approach to the region, and a set of policy recommendations in relation to the same topic for Serbia and other Western Balkan states.



Serbia and Albania - Preparing for a New Start

With the support of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (Tirana and Belgrade office), ISAC Fund has organised two workshops under the Chatham House Rule on the topic of Serbian-Albanian relations. Participants included experts, representatives of the civil society and political elites from both Serbia and Albania. The conclusions from these workshops, together with the results of ISAC’s in-house research.
The goal of this policy paper was to identify all the obstacles (not directly connected to the issue of Kosovo) that obstruct further improvement of relations between the two countries, and to give the practical policy proposals to the elites of both countries on how to remove or, at least, reduce their influence.



Turkey and the Western Balkans - a view from Poland

LectureResume - Turkeyand the Western Balkans - a view from Poland, by Adam Balcer, Programme Director of the Centre for European Strategy Demos Europe from Warsaw, held on June 23rd, 2011at the Institute for European Studies in Belgrade.
In this lecture, Mr. Balcer referred to the radical shift in foreign policy of Turkey, and made observations about its possible effects on the Western Balkans.



CEFTA 2006 - Challenges and Opportunities

This Collection of Essays intends to provide a thorough overview of the challenges and benefits for Serbia and the region within CEFTA 2006. As CEFTA 2006 is the second most significant trade market for Serbia, this publication intends to raise awareness on the importance of developing more proactive and broader regional initiatives.



Turkey`s New Approach to the Western Balkans

Turkey is presently among the most active external political actors in the Western Balkans. Yet the perception of its new activism in this part of south-east Europe is often emotional and seldom pragmatic. As such, this paper attempts to provide a non-exhaustive overview of the various aspects of this new Turkish approach to the region. It also aims to provide a sober, facts-based assessment, which can serve as a starting point for an informed discussion on Turkey`s new role in the Western Balkans.

The Essay Compendium "Russia Serbia Relations at the Beginning of XXI Century"

This Compendium presents a collection of the best and most interesting papers and analyses, published within the reports of the two-year Monitoring Russia Serbia Relations project, as well as the selected presentations from the round tables and workshops also held as a part of this project.




SERBIAN-ALBANIAN RELATIONS: STATE AND PERSPECTIVES

This Paper represents an effort of the ISAC Fund to address another sensitive topic of regional cooperation. It strives to show that there are numerous issues in bilateral relations between Serbia and Albania which should not wait for the Kosovo issue to be finally settled.




Serbian - Russian cooperation in the field of culture and religion; Seventh Report of Monitoring Russia Serbia Relations Project

Miroslav Jovanović
In The Shadow of Gas and Politics: Cultural and Spiritual Contacts, Connections and Cooperation between Serbia and Russia

Goran Miloradović
Russian / Soviet Cultural Influence in Serbia / Yugoslavia in the XX and XXI Century

Mirko Blagojević
Orthodox Religiosity in Serbia and Russia (The Religious Pendulum)

Bogdan Lubardić
Serbian Russian Cultural Relations in Philosophy and Orientation Attempt


LEGAL ANALYSIS OF THE ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN SERBIA AND RUSSIA IN THE FIELD OF OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY

ISAC Fund’s team prepared this document in cooperation with the Law Office Nikolić-Kokanović-Otašević from Belgrade. The aim of the analysis was to review the entire Oil and Gas Arrangement, from the standpoint of the legal regulations of the Republic of Serbia and the international treaties that bind Serbia, as well as to identify potential problems in this area of Serbian economy that may arise during the implementation of this Agreement.

The analyses led to several conclusions. The Arrangement itself is without precedent in the recent practice of entering into international agreements in Serbia. A number of issues that were mentioned in the Arrangement have no binding characteristics. Some of the provisions are in the apparent contradiction with Serbian legislation, as well as with the international treaties where Serbia is one of the parties.

Document in Serbian
Abstract and conclusions of the analysis in English

Russian Vision of European Security and Serbia

Žarko Petrović
Research Director, International and Security Affairs Centre, ISAC Fund

Serbia started to formulate balanced policy regarding the Initiative of the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for adopting the New European Security Treaty. Serbia should continue with this policy, because a country wishing to become a EU candidate country cannot conduct independent policy regarding such an important issue as international security. Besides, this initiative is primarily directed towards increasing Russian security. Serbia should follow the EU policy regarding this Initiative.

By following the EU policy Serbia would thereby prove to the "enlargement sceptics" in the EU countries that it is, in fact, not a "Russian proxy" in the Balkans.


Russia and the Western Balkans

In this study Dušan Reljić, Senior Researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin, analyzes the processes which conditioned the reinvigoration of Russia’s political and economic influence in this part of Southeast Europe. The conclusion is, above all, that following years of Russia’s declining influence, and the increase in US domination, the conflict over Kosovo re-opened the space for Russia’s return into the Western Balkans. In this conflict, Belgrade is dependent on Moscow’s support.

Also, the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline ties, in the long term, the energy security of South East Europe to Russian supplies.
The European Union, in spite of the fact that all countries in the region see their political future in accession thereto, will in future have to take into account not only the will of the United States of America, but also the influence of Russia in the Western Balkans.


Energy in the Southeast Europe Monitoring Russia Serbia Relations Project Sixth Report

Dr. Pavel K. Baev
Zero Option in the Virtual Pipeline Race: Russia and the EU Need to Downsize their Energy Ambitions

Dr Igor Tomberg
The Prospects of Cooperation between South East Europe and Russia in Ensuring the Long-term Energy Security of the Continent

Dr András Deak
Assessing Russian Commitments to the 2015 South Stream Deadline

Dr Konstantin Simonov
Russian Energy Interests in South-Eastern Europe

Dr Atanas Georgiev
A Bulgarian Perspective on South-East Europe Energy Issues

Dr Zorana Z. Mihajlović Milanović
Energy Security in South-East Europe in Light of Russian Energy Policy

Milan Simurdić
Russian Energy Policy and the Balkans


Fifth Report of Monitoring Russi Serbia Relations Project

Prof Dr Miroslav Jovanović
Medvedev in Belgrade: two aspects of the announced visit (pdf)
On symbolism in foreign policy and on the announcement and background of the visit of the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to Serbia. On strategic partnership and on the responsibility of Serbian elites.

Žarko Petrović
Russian – Serbian Strategic Partnership: Scope and Content (pdf)
What makes partnership between Russia and Serbia „strategic“? What is the scope of this partnership for Serbia in the context of its Euro Integration?

Personal View
Dragan Vukšić
Serbia – Russia Military Political Relations in the Process of Solving Kosovo Issue and in the Future (.pdf)
The personal view of the author on the role of Russia and some Russian officials and official bodies in the period before, during and after the bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

The Fourth Report of the Monitoring Russia Serbia Relations project

ISAC Fund started the realization of the Project “Monitoring Russia Serbia Relations” in September 2008. The idea for the project came from the need to comprehend the relationship between Russia and Serbia in a realistic manner which can be based on facts, from the point of view of Serbia’s rational interests.

The Third Report of the Monitoring Russia Serbia Relations project

ISAC Fund started the realization of the Project “Monitoring Russia Serbia Relations” in September 2008. The idea for the project came from the need to comprehend the relationship between Russia and Serbia in a realistic manner which can be based on facts, from the point of view of Serbia’s rational interests.

The first and second report of the Monitoring Russia Serbia Relations project

ISAC Fund started the realization of the Project “Monitoring Russia Serbia Relations” in September 2008. The idea for the project came from the need to comprehend the relationship between Russia and Serbia in a realistic manner which can be based on facts, from the point of view of Serbia’s rational interests.



The Guides Edition

Guide to the World Trade Organization

The publication is the translated and adapted version of the original publication of the World Trade Organization “Understanding WTO”. The aim of this publication is to provide all interested parties with basic information about the WTO, its functioning and the importance it has, both for the global trade and for individual states.

Guide to Chapter 31

The “Guide to Chapter 31” is the first publication of the ISAC Fund intended to provide better understanding of the specific elements that make up this Chapter of Serbia’s accession negotiations with the European Union, mainly in connection with the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union. The Guide contains basic information on the development, structure and importance of the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union as a mechanism for the coordination of national policies. This publication also discusses individual topics, such as human rights, democratization and the rule of law, support for the work of the International Criminal Court, preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, etc., on which the common foreign policy approach of the Union is based. Additionally, a topic that was discussed in particular is the operational dimension of this aspect of the EU, embodied in the Common Security and Defense Policy, i.e. civilian missions and military operations of the EU. This publication also contains the report on harmonizing Serbia with the EU’s foreign policy declarations during 2014.

New edition of the Guide to Serbia’s Accession to the EU

Guide to Serbia’s Accession to the EU keeps with ISAC’s tradition of a publication which is designed as a reference and a learning tool to be used by both professionals, who are working on issues related to Serbia and the EU, and by the wider audience interested in the subject matter. Besides dealing with the structure of the EU and the EU’s regional approach towards the Western Balkans, the publication also explains the negotiation process and some of the individual chapters which Serbia has to negotiate in the accession talks.

Guide to Serbia’s Accession to the EU

Guide to Serbia’s Accession to the EU keeps with ISAC’s tradition of a publication which is designed as a reference and a learning tool to be used by both professionals, who are working on issues related to Serbia and the EU, and by the wider audience interested in the subject matter. Besides dealing with the structure of the EU and the EU’s regional approach towards the Western Balkans, the publication also explains the negotiation process and some of the individual chapters which Serbia has to negotiate in the accession talks.

This edition of the publication is no longer available.

The Guide for Local and Regional Governments on Serbia’s Path Towards the EU

The Guide is intended to provide information about importance of regional and local stakeholders in the EU arena, as well as to present EU policies that are of the crucial importance for the local development (EU Agricultural and rural policy, EU Regional policy, EU Environmental policy). Moreover it presents current and future opportunities and obligations rising from European integration process

Serbia’s Association With The EU

In support of Serbia’s progress towards EU candidacy status, ISAC Fund is pleased to announce a new publication within the Guides series - “Serbia’s Association With The EU”. The Guide offers a description on what the Stabilization and Association Agreement is, how it will impact Serbia in terms of a reform process, what Serbia still needs to do to become a candidate member (and eventually a full member state of the EU) and what benefits will Serbia have from the membership.

This publication is not available any more.

NEW PUBLICATION - WHAT IS PARTNERSHIP FOR PEACE?

Publication What is Partnership for Peace?, new edition of ISAC Fund, serves to portray in a concise and understandable manner the main ideas, history, benefits and challenges of Partnership for Peace Program and Serbia’s role in it. This edition also targets younger generation aiming to provide it with the essentials and purpose of the program and its implications on Serbian society.

The Guide To Serbia's Association With The EU


The lack of concrete, precise and understandable information about the EU, and that of current and future relations between the EU and Serbia, has been successfully addressed by the authors in a clear and graspable language which, with an attractive design and layout, allows for a fast and easy way to comprehend the presented information, thus making this Guide suitable for a wide range of audiences.

This publication is not available any more.

The Business Guide to the Stabilization and Association Agreement

Continuing its efforts to contribute to correctly informing citizens of Serbia, ISAC fund is publishing a new guidebook, which is dedicated to better understanding the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA), particularly its economic and business aspects. The difference between the “Guidebook through the SAA” and this guide, is that the Business Guide is generally meant for businesses and economic experts. This guide is a compilation of three chapters, which describe in detail what are the goals and elements of the SAA and its impact on the economy and business of Serbia.

Guide Through the Stabilization and Association Agreement

As the process of Stabilization and Association to European Union is still unknown to the public in Serbia this Guide is, in details, explaining each of the stages of the process, as well as the history that led to the Agreement and steps which Serbia needs to make in order to conclude and implement it. Available in Serbian language only.

This publication is not available any more.

Guide to the Partnership for Peace

This Guide provides key information about the Partnership for Peace programme, its place in the general NATO framework, as well as the role that Serbia, as one of its members, plays in it. It is intended for experts and practitioners in the field of international relations and security, but also for all those who wish to find out more about the current and potential results of the Euroatlantic integration of Serbia. Available in Serbian language only.

This publication is not available any more.

Guide Through the Accession to the European Union

This Guide introduces the basic notions of European integration largely exploring the stages of the Stabilization and Association Process. It is an indispensable companion for everyone who professionally deals with European integration of Serbia, as well as to all those interested in EU affairs. Available in Serbian language only.

This publication is not available any more.

Guide Through the Euro-Atlantic Partnership

Concise and comprehensive guide through the main concepts, history, structure and activities of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership. Offering a fundamental insight into the Euro-Atlantic Partnership, the guide contributes to the better understanding of this topical issue of the security integration of the Republic of Serbia. Available in Serbian language only.

This publication is not available any more.



Compendia and Collected Lectures

ISAC's CFSP Policy Opinion/2

ISAC continues publishing the most relevant speeches and discussions from its "CFSP and Serbian Accession to the European Union" conference. The second publication will cover the presentation by Mr. Karsten Voigt, Former Member of the German Bundestag.

ISAC's CFSP Policy Opinion

ISAC is pleased to announce that in the following period, as part of its overall Chapter 31 activities, it will publish the most relevant speeches and discussions from its "CFSP and Serbian Accession to the European Union" conference. The first publication will cover the presentation by Ms. Rebecca Harms, Member of the European Parliament.

The Collection of Interviews on Serbian-Albanian relations: A view from Albania


This Collection represents the latest effort of the ISAC Fund to address another sensitive topic of regional cooperation. The publication aims to provide the information about elites in Albania and their perspective on the relations with Serbia and the Serbs. Furthermore, the Collection touches upon topics of internal political situation in Albania, as well as its current position in the region and in Europe.

Collected Lectures from the 9th School of Security Sector Reform

With the kind help from the Royal Danish Embassy in Belgrade and the Ministry of Defence of the Kingdom of Denmark, the ISAC Fund publishes the Compendium consisting of nine notable lectures of international and domestic experts given at the 9th School of Security Sector Reform, held in Belgrade, in April 2007.

Compendium of Lectures from the School of Security Sector Reform - Second and Extended Edition


Due to an unexpectedly high level of interest, the first issue of the Compendium went out of stock by the end of 2006. With the support of the Canadian Embassy in Belgrade, the ISAC Fund published the Second and Extended Edition of this Compendium. 

Compendium of lectures held at the Schools of Security Sector Reform


The first edition of the Compendium, published in mid 2006 with the assistance of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Belgrade, consists of twelve distinguished papers presented at the earlier Schools of Security Sector Reform. Thematically, the Compendium has a wide scope, from debates on fundaments of security sector reform, through some specific problems of the aspects of this process, up to the issues of security integrations and of peace-keeping.


Source documents

Compendium of conventions on International Humanitarian Law


The ISAC Fund has published bilingual English/Serbian compendium of conventions on International Humanitarian Law. The publication has been prepared as a reader for the Law of Armed Conflict – Training of Trainers Course held at the Peacekeeping Operations Center of the Serbian Armed forces.

Michel Foucher “L'Union européenne un demi-siècle plus tard: état des lieux et scénarios de relance


In cooperation with the ISAC Fund, the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia has published the book by Michel Foucher L'Union européenne un demi-siècle plus tard: état des lieux et scénarios de relance, translated into Serbian by Prof. dr Predrag Simić. In the period from 2005 to 2009, as a result of the unfavourable outcome of the referenda on the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe in France and the Netherlands, and the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland, the EU has undergone a deep institutional and political crisis. These events triggered a broad debate within the EU member states on the issues of institutional reform, and the challenges to the EU’s Economic, Enlargement and Neighbourhood policy. Michel Foucher’s book is the result of the research on this debate regarding EU’s reform and future prospects.

The publication is available in bookstores and the online store of the Official Gazette.




By publishing the translation of the European Security Strategy, a key
document in the European security architecture, ISAC contributes to a better
understanding of the European Security and Defence Policy.




Original version of the European Security Strategy in English.

ISAC in Academic Journals

Međunarodna politika, April-September 2015
Institute of International Politics and Economics, Belgrade - Igor Novaković

Impact of Minority Issues on Bilateral Relations with Neighbouring Countries in the light of the EU Accession Process - Case of Serbia.

This article considers Serbia's bilateral dialogue with the four neighbouring countries on the implementation and respect of the domestic and international standards regarding the rights and freedoms of national minorities in Serbia. The article considers the key elements of the open issues between Serbia and each of these four countries, and their impact on the process of Serbia's European integration. Finally, the author offers  several recommendations for the decision makers in Serbia, that can help in closing of some of the open issues, as to prevent the further escalation of bilateral misunderstandings, which could be potentially dangerous for the process of Serbia's integration into the EU.

Insight Turkey, Vol. 13 No. 3, 2011
SETA Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research

Turkish Interests and Involvement in the Western Balkans: A Score-Card by Žarko Petrović and Dušan Reljić
The article describes Turkey’s transformation into an important regional actor in the Western Balkans and examines the extent and limits to its influence. It further looks at the future prospects for the development of relations between Western Balkan countries and Turkey, with regards to the EU integration process.

Međunarodna politika, Januar-March 2011
Institute of International Politics and Economics, Belgrade - Igor Novaković

The Concept of Neutral State
The article describes development of the concept of neutrality, its dynamic nature and implementation by some European countries
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Western Balkan Security Observer, April-June 2010
Center for Civil-Military Relations - Igor Novaković

"European" and "extreme" populists in the same basket - the new government of the Republic of Bulgaria
The topic of this article
is  the phenomenon of populism at Bulgarian political scene during the last 10 years and its impact on the formation of the new government.



Democracy and Security, April 2010
Atlantic Initiative, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Žarko Petrović

Russia's influence on the developments in Serbia
Topic of the article is Serbia’s foreign policy and the influence of Russia.

Western Balkan Security Observer , Januar-March 2010
Center for Civil-Military Relations - Igor Novaković

Multilateral operations - NATO
The aim of the article is to describe the development of NATO and its transformation from a traditional political-military defensive alliance to the organization of multi-dimensional structures engaged in a number of multilateral operations.