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Positioning of Western Balkans in the Emerging European Security Architecture: Three Lessons for the Countries of the Region

Vladimir Trapara

‚ University of Belgrade, Serbia


The Cold War ended more than 20 years ago, but a stable shape of the European security architecture has not been established yet. It is in the process of creation, which is affected by many forces, especially by the dialogue between former Cold War adversaries. Its outcome is uncertain, as well as the way the region of Western Balkans will position itself in the new structure. Today, Western Balkans is region of a deficient security. Elites governing each of its countries are facing very difficult choices considering their national security, being deeply entangled in complex regional, European and global security relations at the same time. Achieving the long-term solution for regional security in the context of recreation of the European security architecture would require significant measure of joint work by these elites. Yet, if it is to be successful, three lessons should be followed. Lesson 1: take a global context into account. Lesson 2: the dialogue should adress real conflicts of interest. Lesson 3: integration is means, not an end.


About author:


Vladimir Trapara was born in Sarajevo in 1982, and now lives in Belgrade. In 2006, he graduated at the Faculty of Political Sciences, Belgrade, as the best student in his generation. He earned his master’s degree at the same faculty in 2009 where he is currently a PhD student of International and European Studies, at the same time working as a research associate at the Institute of International Politics and Economics. Since his youth, he has shown interest in international politics and matters of war and peace. At the moment, his main fields of academic interest are: relations between great powers (especially USA and Russia) in the domain of global security, role of nuclear weapons in international politics, position and role of Serbia and its neighbours in regional and global security, structural theories of international relations, diplomatic history of Serbia. Besides his professional career, he is into several hobbies, most important of which are music, films, mountain climbing and cycling.