European Union and Russian Federation – The Issue of Sanctions

One of the most frequently asked questions about the foreign policy orientation of Serbia is the relationship between the European Union and Russia after the outbreak of the crisis in Ukraine in 2014, and the way this relationship is reflected in the position of Serbia, primarily in the context of the EU accession process. Specifically, under Chapter 31 (Common Foreign, Security and Defense Policy), Serbia is obliged to comply with the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, which consists largely of joining the foreign policy declarations and measures that arise from them. In the process of Serbia’s pre-accession negotiations with the EU this Chapter has not yet been opened. Serbia’s non alignment of the restrictive measures introduced by the EU against the Russian Federation remains one of key issues regarding this Chapter.

As there are large unknowns in the Serbian public about this topic, this document explains the reasons why the EU has applied restrictive measures against Russia, the nature of these measures, and the way in which the Russian Federation responded to these measures.

Berlin Process and Bilateral Issues 2.0

This policy opinion deals with the Declaration on bilateral issues regarding the Berlin process and the need for a fresh impetus which should come from the EU
Member States. It emphasizes the necessity for  the EU to show commitment to its own policies a well as a real incentive for the Western Balkans to engage more regarding their obligations stemming from the same document.

Serbia and the Selection of “Areas of Expertise” for Participation in Civil Peacekeeping Missions

This short political opinion deals with the issue of Serbia’s selection of “area of ​​expertise” for  participation in civil peacekeeping missions. It offers short overview of Serbia’s needs in that context, areas of expertise that Serbia already has, interests that Serbia achieves by selecting individual areas of expertise as well as potential costs of making these choices.

Only Serbian version available.

Should Serbia apply the process of “strategic reflection” in compiling its new strategic documents in the area of security and defense?

This practical policy proposal is a contribution to a debate that should begin once the process of compiling a new national security strategy and a new defense strategy is initiated. It presents an innovative approach of “strategic reflection”, i.e. “participation stages” in preparing strategic documents, which calls for the inclusion of a wider, expert community in the process, instead of the habitual, relatively narrow expert team tasked with the job.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.