Kovacevic on Geopolitics

Putin is no stranger to the ex-Yugoslav republic of Slovenia. In fact, in June 2001, when Slovenia was still neither an EU nor a NATO member state, it was chosen as a neutral meeting place for the first official meeting between him and the U.S. president George W. Bush. Ironically, the meeting took place in… » read more

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On May 19, 2016, 28 NATO foreign ministers, including the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, signed the accession protocol with Montenegro in Brussels. In order for Montenegro to be admitted, all NATO member states must ratify the protocol. Since this is a treaty document, the U.S. Senate has to approve it by a two-thirds… » read more

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For about two decades, it appeared that the end of the Cold War in Europe left the Balkan states with no long-term geostrategic option except the so-called Euro-Atlantic integrations underwritten by the ideology known as Atlanticism. This option reached the peak of its strength after NATO’s military intervention in the Bosnian conflict in 1995 (which… » read more

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Seventy years ago, the organization of United Nations was officially founded in San Francisco, the city I live in at this time. A few days ago, I went to see the mural commemorating this event in the city’s landmark cathedral, Grace Cathedral on California St. Painted by the Bolivian-American artist Antonio Sotomayor, the mural depicts… » read more

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On December 2, 2015, the foreign ministers of NATO member states, including the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, meeting at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, agreed to grant a membership invitation to Montenegro.[1] In response to this indisputable historical fact, the New York Times published two articles, a front page article and an editorial,… » read more

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The recent visits of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to Belgrade and U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden to Zagreb within a week of each other show that both the U.S. and NATO are in the process of trying to augment their influence in the Balkans. For more than a decade, after the overthrow of the regime… » read more

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Some time ago, on a transatlantic flight, for lack of better ideas, I watched “Grace of Monaco”, a film released in May 2014. I expected a romantic melodrama about a famous actress who gave up her professional career to marry a prince. The role of Grace Kelly was played by Nicole Kidman. Yet, fairly quickly… » read more

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With regard to the production of geopolitical discourses, the field of critical geopolitics distinguishes between the “intellectuals of statecraft” and the “dissident intellectuals”. The intellectuals of statecraft are those whose activities are directed toward the extending and deepening the power of the status quo, whereas the dissident intellectuals endeavor to demystify and deconstruct the existing… » read more

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Finis mundi?

Recently, the minister of foreign affairs of Montenegro, Igor Lukšić, enthusiastically stated that 2014 was “one more year very significant in achieving the Montenegrin foreign policy priorities”. It would not surprise me if, among all the “achievements,” he also included the fact that, in November 2014, Montenegro abstained during the vote in the UN on… » read more

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