Reality and prejudice in Serbian-British relations

Reality and prejudice in Serbian-British relations

In some way, Serbs and Britons entered the history of the modern-era Balkans in a grand manner at the same time. The restoration of the Serbian stateh...

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Zoran Panovic, Editor-in-Chief of iSerbia: Living in time of hypertrophic identities

19. Oct 2018 | IN FOCUS

Do you think that a pact, of sort, was created between the EU and stabilocracies such as Serbia and Montenegro where workers’ rights are not upheld, where there is very little freedom of information and where judicial independence is quite low, all in order to keep these countries on the pro-European path? With its populist rhetoric, stabilocracy sounds attractive when talked about in the media, but, in sociological terms, stabilocratic regimes have authoritarian tendencies with one dom...


Serbia and Britain in the Great War and a hundred years later

21. May 2018 | IN FOCUS

During the Great War, Serbia and Britain became unlikely allies. Unlikely because Britain had no intention to join the conflict on the continent, but was pulled in by the German invasion of Belgium. In addition, events around the regicide in Belgrade in 1903 have had an adverse effect on the mutual relationship, leading all the way to it being formally severed for three years. In spite of unfavourable tradition, a significant turn in mutual relations happened during the Great War. Serbia’...


USAID HELPS SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES IN SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST SERBIA

28. Mar 2018 | IN FOCUS

PSD was a $4 million activity that helped businesses and entrepreneurs in south and southwest Serbia develop and grow. The project was a direct partnership between USAID and the Development Agency of Serbia. “Our partnership with USAID resulted in a significant improvement in the economies of the targeted regions, the growth of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and new business-to-business connections,” said Mr. Radoš Gazdi?, Acting Director of the Development Agenc...


Reality and prejudice in Serbian-British relations

30. Mar 2018 | ANALYSES

In some way, Serbs and Britons entered the history of the modern-era Balkans in a grand manner at the same time. The restoration of the Serbian statehood in the territory of today’s Serbia began in the early 19th century, and Serbs were no longer a people without a home, as they had been for several centuries. Over the same period, Britain’s influence and presence in this part of Europe started strengthening. It wasn’t longer after that Belgrade and London established diplomati...


The evacuation of Pranjani

30. Nov 2017 | IN FOCUS

During the Second World War, the Allied forces have been using the sky above Yugoslavia as an air corridor for bombing strategic targets, above all the German Wehrmachts oil plants around Ploesti in Romania. According to historical sources from the US, 350 Allied bombers were brought down by August 1944. A large number of pilots downed by the Nazis ended up in the village of Pranjani, in a region held by the Chetniks, under the command of General Dragoljub Draza Mihailovic. The American pilots, ...


The Air Bridge

28. Nov 2017 | IN FOCUS

The United States Air Force Orchestra runs the "God of Justice" anthem. The American ambassador speaks in a fairly good Serbian language to Serbian countrymen wearing traditional hats and listening to him carefully, smiling. Later, while awarding them the plaques, he kissed some of them three times. "Americans and Serbs fought alongside for freedom", Kyle Scott will say at one point, and continue in the same tone: "The people of this region are true heroes. I feel humbled when I refer to the vic...


Kyle Scott: A reminder of a strong friendship between the two countries

28. Nov 2017 | IN FOCUS

Operation Halyard in 1944 was the largest rescue operation of American and Allied air force in history. More than 500 US pilots were rescued, along with those from other countries, almost in front of the Germans, with most of the actions carried out in the light of the day. Thousands of brave Serb men and women risked their lives to save and protect our soldiers. They are the true heroes of this operation. They treated the wounded pilots and shared the last crumb of their already modest food to...


Bridge to the new Serbian-American alliance

28. Nov 2017 | IN FOCUS

In the internal, and thus in the foreign policy too, the interests and alliances based on them are in the foreground. However, the pragmatic words of the great US President shouldn’t be understood so that they completely exclude friendly relations. They only need to be brought into a more realistic context. They truly can be a catalyst and a ground for versatile relations based on interest. Serbs and Americans, as a rule though, treated each other thus through history. Things should not ...


There is no such thing as an everlasting hostility

10. Oct 2017 | IN FOCUS

They wish to improve their image and present themselves as a defensive alliance that aims at good relations with everyone The first thing that pops into minds in Serbia at the mention of North Atlantic Alliance is the year 1999. Memory of the large number of civilians killed, especially among children, remains fresh. That year, my closest neighbour, the twenty year old Sofiya Jovanovic, was also killed in Vracar, one of the central Belgrades quarters. It happened at the end of the 20th cen...


Which empire to lean on… Serbia between the East and the West

14. Sep 2017 | RESEARCH

Four key findings: 1)      More than half of respondents wish for Serbia with no foreign military bases (53%), but if the bases must be present in Serbia, then the respondents choose Russian              bases (20%) 2)      Russia is Serbias best friend of all (41%). 3)      Germany (11%), Switzerland (7%), Austria, Italy, Sweden (5% each) are most often referred to as the countries in whi...


Panovic: Internal dialogue between the authorities and opposition on national TVs needed

23. Aug 2017 | IN FOCUS

"Serbia has returned to the systemic and anti-systemic position of the political actors. The government, which has the greatest responsibility, treats the opposition as an internal enemy with its arrogant behavior. This is scandalous, it mustnt be done. On the other hand, the opposition, whose responsibility is incomparably smaller, reacts to such a style of government with nihilism and cynicism, instead of preparing itself in organizational terms, trying to parry the authorities with strong pol...


NATO three years away from Serbia

23. Aug 2017 | ANALYSES

  In all societies there are issues that are rather being skipped. Certain questions that only a few choose to open, taking the risk of being anathemized for breaking the dominant discourse. In Serbia, one of such questions, no doubt, is the relationship between Serbia and NATO. That is why the news (already well known to the informed public) that Serbia will host the Regex 2018 military drills, has produced such commotion. That prompted even Minister of Defense Aleksandar Vulin to try and...


Serbia between NATO and Russia - Reality against emotions

18. Aug 2017 | DIALOG

In reality, Serbia is closer than ever to NATO. In the course of the last five years, it took part in as many as 44 joint military exercises with the US army, compared to only six with Russia. Within the Partnership for Peace framework Serbia participated in a total of 23 exercises. All of them took place in NATO member state territories, with the first joint military drill to be held in Serbias territory next year on agenda. Since 2014 Serbia has received a total of twelve million euros in help...


Connection between the Market and Social State

3. Aug 2017 | ANALYSES

The neoliberal path, started in 2001, has led to especially bad results in Serbia, in which the citizens were in a very bad economic position previously as well. Every responsible economic analyst knows that debt policy, orientation at small and medium enterprises with no big systems that they would work for, subsidies for new jobs without clearly defined obligations of employers, high interest rates of foreign banks and the lack of a national development bank for stimulation of the domestic eco...


Between Wakefulness and the Dream: Public Opinion Research

3. Aug 2017 | ANALYSES

  The author of our most famouse love song Laza Kosti? puts love and his song in the area „Between Wakefulness and the Dream“. May the poet and those who love him forgive us for the metaphor which comes to mind to a public opinion researcher when these verses are mentioned. The wakefulness is somehow being linked to the public opinion researcher and the dreams to the research client. The research should provide certain answers about the wakefulness itself (about reality and pub...


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Which empire to lean on… Serbia between the East and the West
Which empire to lean on… Serbia between the East and the West

Four key findings: 1)      More than half of responden...

NATO three years away from Serbia
NATO three years away from Serbia

  In all societies there are issues that are rather being skipped. Certain...

Serbia between NATO and Russia - Reality against emotions
Serbia between NATO and Russia - Reality against emotions

In reality, Serbia is closer than ever to NATO. In the course of the last five y...

Bridge to the new Serbian-American alliance
Bridge to the new Serbian-American alliance

In the internal, and thus in the foreign policy too, the interests and alliances...

Reality and prejudice in Serbian-British relations
Reality and prejudice in Serbian-British relations

In some way, Serbs and Britons entered the history of the modern-era Balkans in ...