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          In this issue we address the relation between the political theory of Carl Schmitt and the Copenhagen School of Security Studies. Schmitt’s basic ideas about the term “political”, the controversies that they started and the reasons for their revival are presented in Predrag Petrović’s paper. That paper is followed by papers written by Marko Žilović and the editor of this issue, who are trying to unwrap the dangerous connections between the Copenhagen School of Security Studies, on one side, and the Schmittian heritage, on the other. The connection, that many critics of the Copenhagen School point out, does not necessarily have to be dangerous, especially if the Copenhagen School would devote itself more to the theorisation of the very term “political” and take a clearer and better articulated normative stand in relation to the dichotomy political-security.

          Furthermore, Branka Panić presents in her paper a different concept that stems from the Copenhagen School, and that is societal security. With that concept, in whose centre lies the relationship between security and collective identity, the Copenhagen School opened a completely new area of study, but it also attracted a great amount of criticism.

          In this issue we also present the readers with a number of other papers which do not fall under the main subject of this issue. Those papers are, first of all, Adel Abusara’s paper on the Conditionality Policy of the EU, as well as Jörg Artmann’s paper on the secret service scandal in Kosovo and Metohija in which the German BND was involved. Finally, in this issue you can read the review of Robert Kagan’s latest book The Return of History and the End of Dreams, written by Slavica Mijatović. Kagan’s book is the best reminder of how the foreign policy of the USA would, probably, look like if John McCain, whose advisor is Robert Kagan, won the presidential elections.

          (Excerpt from Editor's Word)

        • Tags: Carl Shmitt, Security, securitisation, security studies, conditionality, Europeanization, theory, security theories
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