Thursday, July 14, 2022
STATE SECRETARY NEMANJA STAROVIĆ DELIVERS A LECTURE TO THE STUDENTS OF SIB-LEIDEN ASSOCIATION FROM THE NETHERLANDS
Students of the Sib-Leiden Association paid a visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today as part of their study visit to the Republic of Serbia. The Students’ Association mostly gathers international relations students from the University of Leiden. Aside from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they also had the opportunity to visit the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia as part of their study stay in Belgrade.
The guests from the Netherlands were greeted by Ambassador Marina Jovićević Head of Diplomatic Academy, after which State Secretary Nemanja Starović delivered a lecture on foreign policy priorities of the Republic of Serbia.
In his introductory speech, Mr Nemanja Starović presented the history of our country chronologically to the Dutch students, especially the history during the second half of the 20th century with an emphasis on the period between the 1990s and the present day, so that those present could have grasped and understood the state of play and relations in the region more easily. In that context, he mentioned the specifics of Serbia's geographical and geostrategic position.
Speaking about foreign policy priorities of the Republic of Serbia, the State Secretary first laid a stress on the importance of preserving the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country complete with Kosovo and Metohija as its integral part, on which occasion he also spoke about Serbia's European path, regional relations, and the country's military neutrality.
He recalled the activities on the international level that preceded the unilateral declaration of independence of so-called "Kosovo", which was contrary to international law, including the NATO aggression against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia back in 1999. He drew special attention to the importance of respecting UN Security Council Resolution 1244 and the engagement of the international community in the process of protecting the Serbian population and Serbian cultural heritage in Kosovo and Metohija. He also mentioned that many countries have withdrawn the recognition of the so-called "Kosovo", and that he expects such a trend to continue in the future.
He mentioned Serbia's European path as one of the country's strategic foreign policy goals, owing to which numerous reforms have been initiated in Serbia across a whole host of different areas, especially in the area of economy by stressing that a large number of companies from EU countries are successfully operating in our country today, which is becoming an increasingly attractive destination for foreign investors.
Given the great interest expressed by the students, he talked about the relations of the Republic of Serbia with the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation by placing an emphasis on significant investments from those countries, especially in infrastructure projects, certain branches of industry, energy, or medical aid during the outbreak of COVID 19 pandemic.
Later on during the lecture, the State Secretary spoke about the importance of good neighbourly relations, military neutrality of the Republic of Serbia, and cooperation with NATO, which has been accomplished through the Partnership for Peace and the country's participation in UN and EU peacekeeping missions and operations.
At the end of the lecture, the State Secretary answered numerous questions asked by the students.
Thursday, July 7, 2022
LECTURE OF STATE SECRETARY NEMANJA STAROVIĆ TO LAW STUDENTS AND YOUNG LAWYERS OF THE EUROPEAN LAW STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION
Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the students of the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade, organised a lecture for law students and young lawyers of the European Law Students' Association (ELSA), who are staying in Serbia as part of the Summer Law School project, supported by the European Commission and Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. A group of 54 undergraduate law students consisted of 38 students from different EU countries and 16 students from the Belgrade Faculty of Law.
In the introductory words, Director of the Diplomatic Academy Ambassador Marina Jovićević greeted the students and announced the lecture of State Secretary Nemanja Starović on the topic “Kosovo and Metohija - The Challenge of Searching for a Sustainable Political Solution.”
During his presentation, Nemanja Starović, following the chronological sequence of events, introduced the students to historical facts related to the period before and after the dissolution of the SFRY. In the continuation of the presentation, the focus was on Kosovo and Metohija and the challenges the Republic of Serbia was facing on its way to finding a sustainable political solution. In that context, he mentioned the period of the 1990s, the NATO aggression against FR Yugoslavia, and recognition of the so-called Kosovo by the international community, especially in the context of violation of international law. He spoke about the importance of respecting UN Security Council Resolution 1244, the course of negotiations between Belgrade and Priština, withdrawal of recognition of the so-called Kosovo by 18 countries, the current situation and problems faced by the Serbian and other non-Albanian population in Kosovo and Metohija.
After the lecture, students had the opportunity to ask questions and have an interactive discussion with State Secretary Starović.
Thursday, June 9, 2022
CONFERENCE DEDICATED TO THE ROLE AND SIGNIFICANCE OF HENRY KISSINGER WAS HELD
A conference entitled „Shaping and Understanding the World Order – Henry Kissinger and the Theory and Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations”, organised by the Diplomatic Academy and Club PLUS, was held on Thursday 9 June 2022 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The conference was opened by State Secretary of the MFA Nemanja Starović on behalf of the MFA and the attendees were greeted by Ambassador Marina Jovićević PhD, Director of the Diplomatic Academy, and Dragan Bisenić from Club PLUS, former Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to Egypt, journalist and writer.
As part of the initiative of Club PLUS, which is the publisher of all Henry Kissinger's books in the Serbian language, Prof. Dr. Ivo Visković, Asst. Prof. Dr. Marko Dašić and Asst. Prof. Dr. Milan Krstić from the Faculty of Political Sciences, Dr. Bojan Dimitrijević, Scientific Adviser at the Institute of Contemporary History, Dr. Vladimir Trapara, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of International Politics and Economics, Mladen Lišanin, M.S, Research Associate at the Institute for Political Studies and Dragan Bisenić participated in the conference as panellists.
The presentations were held within two panels moderated by Dragan Bisenić and State Secretary Starović. Numerous visitors to the conference - MFA diplomats, Diplomatic Academy students and the best faculty students doing their fourth month of professional practice in MFA - had the opportunity to get acquainted with the most important theoretical and practical aspects of decades-long work of Henry Kissinger, one of the world's most influential diplomats. His pragmatic and realistic approach, based on developing awareness of the need to preserve the concept of balance of power and preserve global security by respecting the interests of major international actors, differs from the ideological discourse prevailing in current international relations, which is evident in the Russia–Ukraine conflict.
Also, the views and influence of Henry Kissinger are illustrated by a historical analysis not only of his actions during his time as US Secretary of State, during the 1970s, but also of his overall opus, from early childhood to the present day, especially considering that next year he will be 100 years old.
An obvious success indicator of this conference, contributions of which should be published in the conference proceedings, is the interest of visitors to ask the panelists a large number of questions and comments.
As part of the conference, Dragan Bisenić presented State Secretary Nemanja Starović with a chair given to King Alexander in 1931 by the then-editor of Foreign Affairs Hamilton Fish Armstrong, which he had found during his service in Cairo as ambassador, repaired it and now returned it as an important historical artefact for the Museum of Diplomacy of the MFA.
Wednesday, June 8, 2022
AMBASSADOR OF FRANCE GAVE A LECTURE AT THE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY
After the introductory words of Director of the Diplomatic Academy Ambassador Marina Jovićević to the participants of the Core Diplomatic Training programme and the employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the lecture was given by H.E. Pierre Cochard, Ambassador of France to the Republic of Serbia. The topic of the lecture was strengthening cooperation between Serbia and France in the bilateral and European framework. Furthermore, Ambassador Cochard spoke about the challenges during the French presidency of the EU Council in the period January–June 2022, as well as the process of EU enlargement and proposals for strengthening political cooperation with the countries of the Western Balkans region and the so-called Eastern Partnership.
At the beginning of the lecture, Ambassador Cochard spoke about the history of more than a century long relations between Serbia and France, as well as about initiatives and strengthening cooperation in different areas, especially during the last years. Successful bilateral cooperation is reflected in the field of economy, joint infrastructure projects, culture. The Ambassador pointed out the growing interest of companies from France in doing business in Serbia, also reflected in the establishment of the Agency for Development Cooperation, which annually allocates more funds to support partners in Serbia. He underlined the importance of expanding the network of schools in which the French language was studied, which had a positive effect on the interest of French companies in doing business in Serbia.
Ambassador Cochard dedicated a significant part of his lecture to the priorities of the French presidency of the EU Council, as well as the challenges they have had to deal with in the last few months. In the context of the presidency, as well as of the intensified political dialogue at the highest level between France and Serbia, he spoke about the initiative for the establishment of the European political community, which originated from the French President Macron and emphasised the importance of continuing and accelerating the enlargement policy for the countries already in the accession process.
The lecture of Ambassador of France Pierre Cochard was also attended by State Secretary of the MFA Nemanja Starović.
After the lecture, the Ambassador of France answered numerous questions asked by the attendees.
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
AMBASSADOR OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN GAVE A LECTURE AT THE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY
At the beginning of the lecture, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran H.E. Rashid Hassan Pour and the attendees were greeted by Director of the Diplomatic Academy Ambassador Marina Jovićević PhD, and State Secretary of the MFA Nemanja Starović, who also attended the lecture.
Ambassador Hassan Pour's presentation on the topic: Foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the development of relations and cooperation with the Republic of Serbia was divided into two thematic segments: Iran's foreign policy and bilateral relations with the Republic of Serbia.
During the first part of the lecture, R. Hassan Pour acquainted the attendees with the basic postulates of his country's foreign policy, which were formed after the 1979 revolution and were based on the principles of preserving independence, as well as freedom of action and decision-making in the international arena. He also spoke about the importance of good neighbourliness between the countries of the Middle East, terrorism and other challenges in the region, solutions to which Iran saw in constructive cooperation.
The focus of the second part of the lecture was bilateral relations of the Republic of Serbia and Iran, as two traditionally friendly countries with no open issues, whose relations are based on mutual understanding and good cooperation in almost all areas. He emphasised that the successful bilateral relations were greatly contributed by mutual efforts of the leaders of the two countries to further improve the cooperation between Serbia and Iran. He especially thanked Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Selaković and President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić for their continuous commitment to the development of relations between Serbia and Iran. He also pointed out that the presence of State Secretary Nemanja Starović at the lecture, who assessed the address of Ambassador Hassan Pour as meaningful and extremely useful, was a great honour for him.
After the lecture held in Persian with consecutive interpreting into Serbian, Iranian Ambassador answered numerous questions by the attendees.
In addition to the students of the Diplomatic Academy and employees of the MFA, the lecture was also attended by the co-workers of Ambassador Hassan Pour: Sodaif Ataei, Third Secretary, and Mohammad-Reza Mottaghi, Interpreter for Persian and Serbian at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
LECTURE FOR STUDENTS FROM THE FACULTY OF SECURITY STUDIES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE AT THE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY
After the introductory words of Director of the Diplomatic Academy Ambassador Marina Jovićević, who greeted the guests and presented the lecturers, the students were addressed by Vesna Filipović-Nikolić, Deputy Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Igor Kuželka, Head of the Directorate for the Common Security and Defence Policy and Security Challenges.
Vesna Filipović-Nikolić acquainted the attendees with the organisational structure and functioning of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including the DCM network and the competencies of each sector individually. From the point of view of a career diplomat, she presented to the students the complexity of the diplomatic profession, with an emphasis on multilateralism, cooperation with international organisations in practice, and the importance of consular affairs in the service of the citizens of Serbia abroad.
During his part of the lecture, Igor Kuželka presented the competencies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the field of security policy, as well as the structure of the Security Policy Sector in its entirety. He spoke about activities within the EU's common security and defence policy, Serbia's cooperation with NATO through the Partnership for Peace, IPAP and other programmes, Serbia's participation in EU peacekeeping missions and operations, arms control, and global security challenges.
After the lecture, students had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss with the lecturers.
Visits of students of the Faculty of Security Studies to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are traditionally realised in cooperation with the Diplomatic Academy within the subject „Defence Diplomacy“, which students listen to in the third year of basic academic studies.
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
STATE SECRETARY NEMANJA STAROVIĆ HELD A LECTURE TO STUDENTS OF CLEMSON UNIVERSITY IN THE USA
As part of their study stay in the Republic of Serbia, a group of students of political science and international relations from Clemson University in South Carolina (USA), accompanied by Professor Vladimir Matić, visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with which this University has long-term cooperation. The visit was organised by the Diplomatic Academy.
Just before the lecture started, Director of the Diplomatic Academy, Ambassador Marina Jovićević, greeted the guests and announced a lecture by State Secretary Nemanja Starović on the topic „Foreign Policy Priorities of the Republic of Serbia“.
In the introduction to the lecture, Starović presented to American students historical facts related to this area, with an emphasis on the chronology of events from the 1990s until today, important for understanding current relations in the region, including the geographical and geostrategic position of Serbia.
In the continuation of his presentation, the State Secretary spoke about the importance of preserving the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country with the southern Serbian province as its integral part, Serbia's membership in the EU, regional relations, and the country's military neutrality.
In chronological order, he highlighted the events that had led to the recognition of the self-proclaimed independence of Kosovo at the international level, contrary to international law, explained the importance of complying with UN Security Council Resolution 1244 and the involvement of the international community in the process of protecting the Serbian community and Serbian cultural heritage in Kosovo and Metohija, as well as Serbia's continuous efforts to reach a peaceful solution, unlike the other side. He also pointed out the fact that many countries have withdrawn the recognition of the so-called Kosovo, and that such a trend was likely to continue.
He marked Serbia's European path as one of the country's strategic foreign policy goals and initiator of reforms in many areas that have led to the country's economic progress.
Speaking about the importance of good neighbourliness, he mentioned launching of the Open Balkans initiative, its importance and advantages for the population and economy of the WB countries.
He pointed out that, although militarily neutral, the Republic of Serbia also cooperated with NATO through the Partnership for Peace, and by participating in peacekeeping missions and UN and EU operations, it contributed to preserving security both in Europe and in the world.
After the lecture, the State Secretary answered numerous questions asked by the students.
During the visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, American students had the opportunity to visit the permanent exhibition of the Museum of Serbian Diplomacy.
May 16, 2022
HEAD OF THE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY AMBASSADOR MARINA JOVIĆEVIĆ GAVE A LECTURE TO THE STUDENTS OF THE VIENNA DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY
The head of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Ambassador Marina Jovićević PhD, has given a lecture to 50 students of the Vienna Diplomatic Academy who were accompanied by the Academy’s Director, Dr. Emil Brix, during their visit to Serbia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The lecture was a part of the cooperation between the two diplomatic academies.
After presenting the competencies and the programmes of the Serbian Diplomatic Academy, Ambassador Jovićević talked about the main priorities of Serbia's foreign policy, including preserving the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity with Kosovo and Metohija as an integral part, full EU membership, preserving regional peace and stability, good neighbourly relations, military neutrality, and developing bilateral cooperation with leading global political actors and the rest of the world.
Ambassador Jovićević noted that Serbia had been acting as a constructive partner from the very beginning of the dialogue with Priština, fulfilling its obligations and implementing the agreements reached. She emphasised the importance of respecting the UN Security Council Resolution 1244 and the greater involvement of the international community in the protection of the Serbian population and cultural heritage in Kosovo and Metohija.
Ambassador Jovićević marked the prospect of full EU membership as an incentive for the comprehensive reforms being implemented as well as for the regional reconciliation policy, adding that Serbia was open to cooperation with the regional partners, Europe, and all countries worldwide. She also characterised the Serbia’s engagement in the UN, the OSCE, the CoE, and other international and regional organisations, and important initiatives such as the Open Balkans initiative, as a contribution to strengthening peace, stability, and economic progress. “Although Serbia has been pursuing a policy of military neutrality, it has formed a partnership cooperation with NATO through Partnership for Peace, IPAP projects, and through significant participation in the UN and EU peacekeeping missions and operations, and has contributed to common foreign, security and EU defence policy,” she added.
Concluding her lecture, Ambassador Jovićević said that the Republic of Serbia had been guided by legitimate national, political, and economic interests in pursuing all foreign policy goals; that it had been committed to the standards of international law and reaching agreements through dialogue and diplomatic activity.
After the lecture, the students of the Vienna Diplomatic Academy had the opportunity to discuss different topics with Ambassador Jovićević.
Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Attaché for Culture at the Austrian Embassy in Belgrade Adrien Feix PhD also attended the lecture.
May 12, 2022
AMBASSADOR OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION ALEXANDER BOTSAN-KHARCHENKO HELD A LECTURE AT THE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY
H.E. Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Serbia has given a lecture to the participants of the Basic Diplomatic and Consular Training Programme and the employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The topic of the lecture was ‘Russia's geopolitical position in Europe and bilateral cooperation with the Republic of Serbia and the Western Balkans countries’.
Ambassador Botsan-Kharchenko spoke about bilateral relations between Serbia and the Russian Federation, the current situation in the region, Europe, and the global scene in general, viewed primarily from the Russian geostrategic angle.
Talking about the vision of a new multipolar world, Ambassador Botsan-Kharchenko emphasised that preserving stability in the world was in the interest of the Russian Federation, while respecting international law. He also mentioned the situation in the region and underlined that the Russian Federation was fully supporting Serbia in its efforts to reach a solution to the crisis in Kosovo and Metohija through compromise, in compliance with the UN Security Council Resolution.
After the lecture, an interactive discussion was held on various topics of politics, economy, energy, etc
May 10, 2022
THE AMBASSADOR OF HUNGARY HELD A LECTURE AT THE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY
After the introductory note by the head of the Diplomatic Academy, Ambassador Marina Jovićević, H.E. Attila Pinter, Ambassador of Hungary to the Republic of Serbia gave a lecture to the participants of the Basic Diplomatic Training Programme and the employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the topic of bilateral relations between the two countries.
Ambassador Pinter started the lecture by giving a brief history of the Serbia–Hungary relations, emphasising that friendly and good neighbourly relations had been continuously developing in almost all spheres over the last decade. Successful bilateral cooperation was evident in the field of economy, joint infrastructure projects, culture, and regular joint Government sessions. Ambassador pointed out that Hungary saw Serbia as a strategic partner in the Western Balkans, and as a priority country in terms of investments by Hungarian companies.
Ambassador Pinter stressed that the issue of minorities was a priority issue for both countries, noting that Serbia had established a model for the protection of minorities which could serve as an example. In that context, he mentioned the support provided by the Government of Hungary in the realisation of numerous projects which facilitated the education of Serbs living in Hungary in their native language, and contributed to the preservation of the culture of the Serbian community.
After the lecture, Ambassador Pinter answered numerous questions asked by the attendees.
Thursday, March 31, 2022
SANDANSKI: DIRECTOR OF DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY AT THE OPENING OF THE 15th WINTER SCHOOL OF DIPLOMACY
Director of Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Ambassador Marina Jovićević took part in opening session of the international seminar for young diplomats “15th Winter School of Diplomacy” organized by Bulgarian Diplomatic Institute in cooperation with Hanns Seidel Foundation from 21-25 March in the town of Sandanski, Republic of Bulgaria.
She addressed the participants on the topic: "From Diplomatic Academy student to DA Director in 20 years" and gave many useful advises to young diplomats career wise.
Monday, 7 March 2022
THE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY ORGANIZED A LECTURE FOR NORWEGIAN STUDENTS
At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, students of the University of Oslo, visiting Serbia as part of a study tour of the region, attended a lecture hosted by the Diplomatic Academy.
After the opening words from the Director of the Diplomatic Academy, Ambassador Marina Jovicevic, State Secretary Nemanja Starovic gave a lecture on the topic: "Foreign Policy of the Republic of Serbia and the Issue of Kosovo and Metohija", with 81 students from Norway being in attendance.
In the lecture, State Secretary Starovic informed the students about the facts related to the geographical and geostrategic position of Serbia, with a special emphasis on the historical aspects and chronology of events in this area from the 1990s to the present day.
The State Secretary focused special attention on the issue of Kosovo and Metohija, starting with the declaration of independence of the so-called "Kosovo", as an act which violated the international law, through the pogrom against the Serbian population and cultural heritage, to the current position of Serbs and their property in the southern Serbian province.
State Secretary Starovic continued the lecture speaking about Serbia's European path as one of its foreign policy goals, the economic progress and successful reforms in many areas, cooperation with NATO through Partnership for Peace, but also about the importance of regional cooperation and stability, bringing up in that context the “Open Balkan” initiative and its benefits.
At the end of the lecture, answering the students' questions, the State Secretary touched upon other current topics, as well as the position of the Republic of Serbia in the newly created geostrategic circumstances.
Tuesday, 21 December 2021
DELEGATION OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRAQ VISITED THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
The delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Iraq, headed by Dr. Salih Husain Ali Al-Tamimi, Undersecretary for Policy Planning Affairs and Dean of the Foreign Service Institute of the Foreign Ministry of Iraq, paid a visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized by the Diplomatic Academy, and had talks in separate meetings with State Secretary Nemanja Starovic, Head of Africa and the Middle East Department Aleksandar Jankovic, and with Director of the Diplomatic Academy Mirjana Milosavljevic.
Mirjana Milosavljevic and Dr. Salih Husain Ali Al-Tamimi agreed that the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation signed between the Diplomatic Academy and the Foreign Service Institute of the Iraqi Foreign Ministry was a good basis for continuing and further promoting the cooperation in the field of diplomatic education.
Furthermore, ideas were exchanged on the manner of realization of activities of mutual interest, especially when it comes to organizing seminars, trainings and lectures for young diplomats of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Iraq.
Friday, 10 December 2021
BRIGADIER GENERAL TOMMASO VITALE HELD A LECTURE AT THE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY
After the opening remarks made by Director of the Diplomatic Academy Mirjana Milosavljevic and Acting Assistant Foreign Minister for Security Policy Ambassador Dijana Ivancic, the Chief of NATO Military Liaison Office in Belgrade, Brigadier General Tommaso Vitale, gave a lecture to the students of the Diplomatic Academy on the topic of “Current Mechanisms of Serbia-NATO Cooperation”.
General Vitale pointed out that Serbia and NATO were continuously developing their partnership for 15 years, owing to joint work and commitment, and that this cooperation was constantly being promoted through activities carried out within numerous partner cooperation mechanisms, such as: Individual Partnership Action Plan, Serbia-NATO Defence Reform Group, Planning and Review Process, Operational Capabilities Concept, Building Integrity Programme, Science for Peace and Security Programme, etc.
He reminded that Serbia joined NATO's Partnership for Peace programme in 2006, and added that this organization recognized Serbia as a highly important country, a reliable partner and a good neighbour, which was a guarantor of peace and security in the entire region.
Thursday, 25 November 2021
LECTURES HELD FOR STUDENTS OF THE 65TH CLASS OF “FIELD MARSHAL RADOMIR PUTNIK” NATIONAL DEFENCE SCHOOL
Today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Diplomatic Academy hosted a set of lectures for students of the 65th class of general staff training at the “Field Marshal Radomir Putnik” National Defence School of the Serbian Ministry of Defence’s University of Defence.
The lectures included a number of topics. Acting Assistant Foreign Minister for multilateral cooperation, Ambassador Aleksandar Tasic, presented the scope of multilateral diplomacy, its functions and role through the engagement of the Republic of Serbia in international organizations. Ambassador Rade Stefanovic informed the attendees about the competencies, organizational structure and role of the Ministry in the state administration system, as well as the manner of its functioning, including the diplomatic and consular network.
The lecture by the Head of the Neighbouring Countries and Southeast Europe Department, Milos Cavic, was focused on bilateral relations in the regional framework, i.e., Serbia’s relations with each of the countries that this organizational unit covers, while Head of the NATO and Partnership for Peace Department Sasa Kostic and Head of the Department for Common Security and Defence Policy and Security Challenges Igor Kuzelka presented the competencies of the Foreign Ministry in the field of security policy and its importance for the security system of Serbia, with special emphasis on cooperation between Serbia and NATO, the contribution to the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), energy and cyber security. After each lecture, participants had the opportunity to ask questions and engage in a discussion with the lecturers.
Monday, January 25, 2021
SELAKOVIĆ WELCOMED THE NEW GENERATION OF THE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY STUDENTS
Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Selaković welcomed today the new generation of the students of the Diplomatic Academy and pointed out on that occasion that understanding of international circumstances and relations is extremely important for understanding of Serbian position and foreign policy.
"The knowledge and skills you will acquire at the Diplomatic Academy will contribute to your better understanding of international relations, Serbia's foreign policy position, but also to a better and more efficient implementation of our foreign policy and realization of our foreign policy priorities", said minister Selaković. He added that the first traces of Serbian diplomacy are mentioned in the Life of Saint Sava, as well as in the time of the Serbian Despotate, when the first envoys of Serbian despots Stefan and Djurаdj - Dukes Vitko and Nikola went abroad on special diplomatic missions. Selaković pointed out that Serbia is proud of its diplomacy traditions of the new century, as well as diplomats such as Ilija Garašanin, Jovan Ristić, but also Nikola Pašić, who, as he explained, is one of the few Serbian politicians who knew the history of international relations extremely well. Thanks to that knowledge, Pašić managed to anticipate events on the international scene, both as Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, adjust Serbian state goals to those events and realize state goals in an indirect and covert way.
Friday, December 4, 2020.
MINISTER SELAKOVIĆ PRESENTED DIPLOMAS TO THE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY STUDENTS
Head of Serbian Diplomacy Nikola Selaković presented today diplomas to the students of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, generation 2019/2020.
Minister Selaković said on that occasion that he is convinced that the graduates will have the opportunity in further professional work and advancement to apply the knowledge and skills they acquired at the Diplomatic Academy and that they will represent and defend the interests of Serbia both inside and outside it. “Serbia, fighting for its foreign policy goals, must preserve itself, but also find a place in the part of the world where it can progress and strengthen and it is the task of every graduate as an employee of the state administration body or organization”, said Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Friday, June 19, 2020
SIGNING OF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA AND THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE UNITED MEXICAN STATES ON DIPLOMATIC-ACADEMIC COOPERATION
First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić and Ambassador of the United Mexican States to the Republic of Serbia Marco Antonio Garcia Blanco signed today the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States on diplomatic-academic cooperation. This Memorandum will become the basis for future cooperation improvement between the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Matias Romero Institute.