Integration of Euro-Atlantic Norms and Values: Changes in the Military Culture of the Balkans

Rajkovcevski, Rade (2010) Integration of Euro-Atlantic Norms and Values: Changes in the Military Culture of the Balkans. Connections, 10 (1). pp. 121-137. ISSN 1812-1098

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In the recent past societies in the Balkan states have undergone profound changes during the period after the disintegration of Yugoslavia. The fragmentation of this
previous regional power into a variety of successor states is the defining feature of the region. After the recent round of wars in the Balkans, the nations in the region
imposed new roles and forms for their security forces, primarily in line with the requirements set forth in the NATO and EU enlargement processes.
Through the process of integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions, the Balkans
were pushed to adopt many of the values of the “Western” world, primarily the achievement
of democracy, rule of law, and independent political systems that are open to criticism and changes. Within these processes in the Balkans, the legitimate use of military force is also a serious issue, as it has a direct bearing on the region’s stability.
Recent achievements in the political penetrated deeply inside the military organizations, and were manifested through the behavior and actions of several nations’ military forces. Additional challenges facing the region relate to the area of security sector reform, with particular relevance placed on the effort to promote the adoption of theories and practices of security affairs that are part of the programs of the Partnership for Peace and NATO.
An analysis of military culture in the region since the first civil war in Slovenia in 1991 to the latest armed conflict in Macedonia reflects those changes in the military
cultures in the region have become deeply ingrained in the military staff. As a consequence of many events that had an impact on regional security, a military culture developed (in the shadow of a larger security culture) that has had a wide range of impact on the regions’ military forces. In order to form a more objective opinion about military culture in the Balkans, it is important to draw a number of comparisons between the states in the region: type and level of social system, values, traditions, interests, as well as social-cultural similarities that decrease the likelihood of using military force to achieve political goals.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Political science
Divisions: Faculty of Security
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Rade Rajkovchevski
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2022 11:47
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2022 08:08

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