International Scientific Conference "Asymmetry and Strategy"
Тhe international scientific conference "Asymmetry and Strategy", organized by the Institute for Strategic Research and the National Defense School, was held in the Garda House at Topcider. The aim of the conference was to seek scientifically based answers of the many questions that reflect the modern security environment. The event was attended by Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin, representatives of the Ministry of Defense and the Serbian Armed Forces, scientific institutes, universities, as well as other members of the academic community from the country and abroad. Opening the conference, minister Vulin has pointed out that the world is changing and, unfortunately, on worst.
- The world is becoming an unsafe place. The world becomes a place where the threats are becoming more and more difficult, in which our answers to them are often insufficient or simply not available. Since science proclaimed the death of ideologies, declared that history will no longer change, we lived in a short period of delusion that we live in the best of all systems. It turned out that the delusion is as deep as the bitter disappointment. The conflicts in which we live are shown to be deep, hard-to-understand, and for which we have inadequate response. The challenges that we all face are challenges about we've been thinking little or not at all. From the migrant crisis to the rise of terrorist groups, through cyber terrorism to asymmetric threats that we feel inside society, and outside society, all mentioned have become challenges to which we do not have the right answer. One of the reasons for the importance of your today's gathering is that this is another attempt to find an answer, said minister Vulin.
After the minister, the director of the Strategic Research Institute, prof. dr Jovanka Šaranović has adressed to the meeting emphasizing the importance of strategic thought in defining the response to the increasingly dramatic threat to global security. She stressed that the time ahead is asking us for meaningful action, a lot of work and decisive steps.
- Variety of asymmetric security threats in terms of organization, goals, motives and methods of operation confirm the view that it is a specific strategic approach that is based on the principles of asymmetry. With its effects on the global rise of insecurity, as well as the strong conditioning of geopolitical competitions among the key actors in contemporary international politics, main subjects of asymmetry imposed a number of dilemmas regarding the appropriateness of traditional strategic approaches as a framework in finding answers to asymmetric security threats. It is certain that the strategic thought must be adapted to the new conditions imposed by the realities of the modern world, especially when it comes to the need for asymmetric security threats to be compiled into appropriate strategic responses, said prof. Šaranović emphasized that this year's conference is organized in the spirit of the theorem - If you are heading in the right direction, all you have to do is continue to move.
The Head of the National Defense School, colonel Miroslav Talijan, has also addressed to the participants. He emphasized that the continuity of changes and problems requires looking into the future, bringing it into the present, thus making our answers to the danger that must be quality and quick, but first and foremost, efficient and legal.
The actuality of the topic, the response of domestic and foreign exhibitors and guests, as well as the content of the received papers, were the basis for the fruitful debate held during the conference in the participants' efforts to contribute to the better understanding of the security agenda of the world in which we live. Within the work of the three panels, a total of 38 works, signed by 48 authors and co-authors from the country and abroad, were represented. Thereof, 18 works were presented directly by their authors, with special attention that has been paid to guests from abroad: Russia, Belarus, Great Britain, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, United Arab Emirates, Macedonia, Poland and Romania.
Presenting the conclusions from the conference prof. Šaranović pointed out that the common denominator of the views expressed is a strong emphasis on the need for knowledge and on it based strategic thoughts which must be of particular significance in defining the response to numerous unknowns imposed by the dynamics and unpredictable direction of the process in contemporary reality. At the end of the working day, prof. Šaranović thanked the participants at the meeting, moderators, commentators, translators, the organizational team of the Institute and all the others who contributed to the successful conference.