PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE HELD ONLINE OCTOBER 13 AND 14, 2020
International video conference entitled “Security crises in the 21st century and how to manage them”, held in October of 2020 and organized by the Center for Risk Analysis and Crisis Management (CARUK) from Belgrade and Croatian Association for International Studies (HUMS), with a comprehensive logistical and technical support by the Institute for Standardization of the Republic of Serbia, in cooperation with the Institute for Development of International Relations (IRMO) and Libertas International University from Zagreb, has shown the scope of importance of exchanging experiences in risk and crisis management, especially in the context of COVID-19 pandemics, as well as regarding numerous other social, economic and security challenges we are facing. The conference gathered leading scientists and experts from regional states, as well as from the United Kingdom and, as organizers, we opted for a multidisciplinary approach to contemporary security challenges, aware of the fact that a long-term solution must be sought for in linking different academic disciplines, and above all in biomedicine, technical and political science, as well as in security studies. Exactly due to this, the conference enabled expert and scientific authorities of various profiles, as holders of public functions and members of crisis teams from the countries of the region, to articulate their attitudes in the context of security challenges and strengthening regional response.
The proceedings entitled “Security crises in the 21st century and how to manage them” represent a continuance of a dialogue which started at the conference, and through this selection of papers, we tended to problematize the burning aspects of contemporary security crises which arose as a consequence of global structural changes in international relations, formed through multidimensional processes of globalization and growing geopolitical tensions. The scientific works are thematically divided into two parts, whilst authorized speeches given by the British scientists and security experts – Lord Toby Harris and David Rubens, are attached.
In the first part of the Proceedings (VOLUME 1), entitled SOCIAL AND SECURITY ASPECTS, the papers of authors (V. Cvrtila; S.P. Simonović; A. Jovanović; S. Šterc; M. Komušanac; B. Bajalski; I. Pekić; S. Stošić; M. Pešić; Z. Keković; J. Dinić; and others) thematize risk management and new types of security threats – from ethnic and religious conflicts, terrorism, organized crime, global migrations, demographic disbalance, drainage of natural resources, climate change, increased poverty, to COVID-19 pandemics.
The second part of the Proceedings (VOLUME II) entitled HEALTH AND SAFETY ASPECTS, the papers of authors (E. Ristanović, S. Zejak; Z. Keković, N. Stanković; N. Miletić; V. Glošin; R. Mikac, D. Spevec; A. Gligić and others; M. Hukić, M. Ponjavić; D. Nedić; G. Bohsevska, D. Kocinski; V. Jovanovic and others) thematize COVID-19 pandemic.
We know that microorganisms represent the oldest and the most vital form of life which drain their power via passage through vulnerable population. This is why pandemics occurred in the past and will continue to occur in the future, given that advances in molecular biology, biotechnology and nanotechnology is scary and can be misused. The result of the fight against COVID-19 is still uncertain, but it is almost certain that we might have to get used to coexistence with this virus, as we cohabitate with numerous other microorganisms. As it is obvious that a long-term solution to the problem should be searched for in the triangle formed by medicine, economy and security, given that we cannot pause our lives.
Officials, representatives of crisis groups, national headquarters, coordination bodies, etc., spoke of the challenges of the fight against COVID-19 within our region, that is, in the Western Balkans and Southeastern Europe. Dear readers, this crisis, as well as the response to it, can be analyzed from various aspects. This is just the beginning, and eminent authors whose papers can be found within the covers of these proceedings have taken courage in order to speak about everything openly and in real time, which is a special challenge. because, as much as this crisis is global, relying on one‟s own power is always the most secure defense. We should not underestimate the role of all segments of the society, as well as the security, economy and media sector. Crisis communication is also important and everyone working with people during this crisis should work on it because, as stated by Mark Twen, a friend of our Nikola Tesla: „The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public”
Scientific journal "International studies"
CISA is a longtime publisher of the scientific journal International Studies, a journal of international relations and foreign policy, security and related fields in Croatian language. The journal began publishing in 2002 and has a long tradition of scientific publishing. Until his death in 2019, professor. PhD Radovan Vukadinović was the editor-in-chief of the magazine. The association has been cooperating with the College of International Relations and Diplomacy Dag Hammerskjöld (Zagreb, Croatia) since the very beginning, in 2009, and in that period the College was a co-publisher of the magazine. Since 2019, the publisher of International Studies has been a Libertas International University.