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        • Serbia and Hungary: Hammering Democracy
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          • Autor: Marko Drajić
          • Serbia and Hungary: Hammering Democracy

          • Hungary is currently Serbia’s closest international partner. Bilateral relations between the two countries are no longer marred by any disputes and their political and economic interests increasingly coincide. The values underpinning the administrations of both countries have converged to ...

        • The Security Sector in a Captured State
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          • The Security Sector in a Captured State

          • Report on state capture in Serbia is BCSP genuine and pioneering work aiming to document and deconstruct ongoing process of state capture in the security sector through presentation of mechanisms, actors and consequences of this process.

        • The Security Sector in the State of Emergency: Testing Democracy
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          • Autor: Isidora Stakic, Jelena Pejic Nikic, Katarina Djokic, Marija Ignjatijevic, Sasa Djordjevic
          • The Security Sector in the State of Emergency: Testing Democracy

          • This analysis by the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP) concludes that during the 52 days it spent in a state of emergency, Serbia failed the test of democracy, thanks to a series of failings and irregularities in the conduct and control of the security sector.

        • The Masks Have Slipped: Serbia in a Geopolitical Pandemic
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          • Autor: Isidora Stakic, Maja Bjelos, Marko Drajić
          • The Masks Have Slipped: Serbia in a Geopolitical Pandemic

          • Masks have slipped and the interests of Serbia’s foreign policy were exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. These interests are not based on the principles of common goods, but on mechanism for preserving the existing internal order. This is one of the conclusions in the foreign policy analysis ...

        • Crime in the Western Balkans Six at the Time of Coronavirus: Early Findings
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          • Autor: Sasa Djordjevic
          • Crime in the Western Balkans Six at the Time of Coronavirus: Early Findings

          • Did organized crime groups continue with their activity at the time of Coronavirus, which trends in the criminal activities in the Western Balkans can be noticed in the first six weeks of the pandemic and which scenarios can be envisaged for the future, analyzed BCSP Researcher Sasa Djordjevic.

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          • Year: 2020
          • Pandemic of geopolitics

          • How does the COVIDー19 pandemic influence Serbia's foreign policy - read in the op-ed writen by BCSP Director Igor Bandovic for the weekly "Vreme".

        • With the introduction of the state of emergency in the country, limited freedom of movement and other measures adopted to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, politics in Serbia has come down to a monopoly on public statements by President Vucic or government officials, recently including medical experts.

          However, almost at the same time, another change took place. A change that is not so sudden.

          Increasingly cordial and close relations in various fields of cooperation with the People's Republic of China have erupted during the press conference held on March 15. On that occasion, President Vucic concluded that "there is no European solidarity" and took the opportunity to mark China as the only friend in this situation, announcing help coming from this country. At the same time he expressed admiration for the President of China, calling him a brother, and named our relations with China „steel friendship“. The President said that as a conclusion to his previous statement, at the same press conference, that the EU banned the export of medical equipment to non-member countries. However, the things are little different. The European Union did not prohibit exports, but did prescribe specific export authorization measures.

          From the position of the President of the EU candidate country, whose rules and membership we strive for - counting on solidarity in times of crisis included, the impression today is that we hurried on the funeral of European solidarity too quickly. Indeed, even though the pandemic has deepened the crisis between some EU member states, Europe was back on its feet just days after. Financial package of measures adopted by the European institutions, as well as concrete examples of solidarity between member states (Italy and France have sent their patients for treatment to Germany on more than one occasion) demonstrated that solidarity still exists.

          Where is Serbia in all of this? The impression is that in a short time and using the crisis as a pretext, we have changed the country's foreign policy orientation. If we were once in the arms of a Russian bear, these days we are definitely in the steel grip of a Chinese tiger. In this particular case, maybe it was really necessary to get help from another non-EU country, but the hardly established foreign policy path does not change in one month. Especially, if that path was previously burdened, insincere and not credible. Pandemic will pass, the world may not be the same, but some statements and their consequences will remain. They determine our aspirations and direction, how faithful we are, and how confident we are in our actions and where we want our country to be.

        • Tags: foreign policy, China, European Union, Igor Bandović
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