Book Reviews
Sabrina P. Ramet (2002). Balkan Babel: The Disintegration of Yugoslavia from the Death of Tito to the Fall of Milošević
(Volume 2, Number 3-4, Autumn-Winter 2001.)
Balkan Babel speaks to the important issues associated with the eroding legitimacy of the former Yugoslavia and chronicles the disintegration of an increasingly fragmented federation after the death of Marshal Tito. Balkan Babel also speaks volumes about the credibility of the author and her unique ability to synthesise a huge array of information and bring it together into a singular conceptual overview. The fact that this book is in its fourth edition demonstrates the lasting contribution of one of the leading scholars in the field to the debate over why.
Article by: Marijan Gubić, Published: 16 lis 2001 05:19:00
Stjepan Šiber (2000). Deceptions, delusions, the truth - 1992 war diary
(Volume 1, Number 3-4, Autumn-Winter 2000.)
The book is based on authentic entries from the diary of Stjepan Šiber, M.A. in military science, who in 1992 placed himself at the disposal of the presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the defense against the aggression being perpetrated on Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He served as Chief of Staff of the B&H Territorial Defense, Deputy Commander of the Territorial Defense, and later Deputy Commander of the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Article by: Željko Sačić, M.A., Published: 30 ruj 2000 03:18:00
Dr. Muhamed Borogovac (2000). War in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Political Aspects
(Volume 1, Number 3-4, Autumn-Winter 2000.)
In a number of books which have appeared in recent years about the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, its causes, goals, resolutions, and perpetrators, the Bosniaks, including Dr. Muhamed Borogovac, have created facts, distorted reality, and "invented myths and legends", according to Mladen Ancic (author of Who is to blame for Bosnia), in order to legalize their political desires for their own state. In the event that this goal should prove unattainable, they attempt to accuse others of treason and of dividing the state.
Article by: Miroslav Međimorec, Published: 30 ruj 2000 03:16:00
Fikret Muslimović (2000). War and Politics
(Volume 1, Number 3-4, Autumn-Winter 2000.)
According to the author, "the conception of defense provides a solution to the issues of organization and engagement of internal potentials in the realization of particular political and defense-oriented goals". He views the security strategy as falling "between the conception of security and the political goals to be achieved on the basis of appropriate conditions and directions," while the defense strategy forms "an integral part of the security strategy."
Article by: Miroslav Međimorec, Published: 30 ruj 2000 03:14:00
Dr. Enver Imamović (1999). History of the Bosnian Army
(Volume 1, Number 3-4, Autumn-Winter 2000.)
History of the Bosnian Army, by Dr. Enver Imamović, was published in 1999 by Svjetlost, Fojnica, as part of the series "Bosnian Roots", with a printing run of 1000 copies.
Article by: Predrag Haramija, Published: 30 ruj 2000 03:09:00
COLD WAR IN THE BALKANS - An International Conference
(Volume 1, Number 2, Summer 2000.)
In 1991 at the Woodrow Wilson International Center of Scholars in Washington DC, a major international network of scholars and experts was established, engaged in the study of the Cold War History. It was christened the Cold War International History Project - CWIHP. During the next decade, in collaboration with the National Security Archive - an independent organization situated at the George Washington University and other university and research centers - the Cold War Project organized more than 20 conferences and round table discussions in various cities - from Washington to Warsaw and from Reykjavik to Hong Kong.
Article by: Jordan Anguelov Baev, Published: 19 srp 2000 02:00:00
Yuliy Georgiev (2000). The Bulgarian Special Services Looking Towards A Unified Europe br/>(Volume 1, Number 2, Summer 2000.)
In his book The Bulgarian Special Services Looking Towards A Unified Europe Colonel (Ret.) Yuliy Georgiev, ex-Director of the National Security Service, addresses issues which, in his opinion, have an impact on the work of the Bulgarian counterintelligence and the other special services within the Ministry of the Interior. The author's analysis covers the period following the democratic changes in Bulgaria. In a dozen thematically oriented sections, the author treats many of the problems of the special services in Bulgaria during the period of the "Iron Curtain". In the author's opinion, these questions have inflamed society for years and were periodically exploited and manipulated by the ruling circles.
Article by: Yordan Natchev, Published: 19 srp 2000 01:59:00
Boncho Assenov, Petko Kiprov (2000). The Counterintelligence
(Volume 1, Number 2, Summer 2000.)
The Counterintelligence was the first of its genre of open scientific publications in Bulgaria that examined in theory the issues of classic counterintelligence. On the grounds of their personal knowledge and experience as former operative officers and lecturers in counterintelligence matters, the authors have summarized the abundant information they possess on the nature and content of counterintelligence, on its basic principles, forces, methods, types, means and forms of activity. Publishing this book became possible only when counterintelligence was no longer considered a secret, strictly regulated activity in Bulgaria.
Article by: Yordan Natchev, Published: 19 srp 2000 01:57:00
Todor Boyadjiev ed. (2000). THE INTELLIGENCE
(Volume 1, Number 2, Summer 2000.)
"The Intelligence" is a unique book - and not just for the Bulgarian book publishing industry - which can be divided into two complementary parts. In the first part, covering 382 pages, the autobiographies and ideas of renowned professionals and former heads of intelligence services, who had actively worked against each other during the Cold War, have been collected for the first time.
Article by: Gen. G. Grozev, Published: 19 srp 2000 01:54:00
Trifon Balev (1998). English-Bulgarian and Bulgarian-English Dictionary of Intelligence and Counter-intelligence Terminology
(Volume 1, Number 2, Summer 2000.)
This dictionary contains professional terms, jargon and lexical items related to intelligence, counterintelligence and administrative activity which are used in colloquial speech and works of fiction, and intended more for a broad reading public than for a limited circle of specialists and professionals. The dictionary will also be useful for Bulgarian and foreign specialists who remain in contact with each other due to their official duties in the area of security, intelligence and counterintelligence activity, organized crime, etc.
Article by: Gen. Todor Boyadjiev, Published: 19 srp 2000 01:52:00
Zheliazko Stoyanov (1999). A HISTORY OF ESPIONAGE
(Volume 1, Number 2, Summer 2000.)
The "History of Espionage" was designed and realized by Dr. Stoyanov as a reference book; this approach determined to a great extent both its chronological scope and the manner in which the material was presented and delivered.
Article by: Gen. Todor Boyadjiev, Published: 19 srp 2000 01:51:00
Jordan Baev. ed. (2000). Bulgaria in the Warsaw Pact
(Volume 1, Number 2, Summer 2000.)
The documentary interactive bilingual CD collection "Bulgaria in the Warsaw Pact" is a result of a two-year research of the Cold War Research Group - Bulgaria, an NGO affiliated with the Bulgarian Association of Military History. More than 160,000 documents relating to NATO and the Warsaw Pact have been examined in various archives.
Article by: Gen. Todor Boyadjiev, Published: 19 srp 2000 01:47:00
National Security in Transition - Book Publishing Aspects in the Bulgarian Practice
(Volume 1, Number 2, Summer 2000.)
The changes initiated on November 10, 1989, in the recent history of Bulgaria embraced all the aspects of the country's social, political and economic life. In the moral and ethical realms, society has begun a painful transformation which continues to this day, with variable success, ten years after the beginning of the transition from a totalitarian to a democratic system. One of the fields where changes are implemented with the most difficulty is within the sphere of security matters - international, regional, national, corporate, business, and personal, which is understandable since the security complex contains political, economic, military, legislative, public, social, demographic, ethnic, religious, ecological, informational, and a number of other components.
Article by: Gen. Todor Boyadjiev, Published: 19 srp 2000 01:45:00
Report of the International Commission on the Balkans (1996). - Unfinished Peace.
(Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 2000.)
"Unfinished Peace" is the title of a study, or rather a Report, published by the International Commission for the Balkans, which comprises of a group of eminent authors. The Report was issued in the Croatian language in 1997 in Zagreb by the Croatian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights FOD B-H. The original Report was published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1996, Washington.
Article by: Predrag Haramija, Published: 18 tra 2000 06:47:00
Blaskovich J. - Anatomy of Deceit. An American Physician's First-hand Encounter with the Realities of the War in Croatia.
(Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 2000.)
During the last couple of years, several books on the war in former Yugoslavia were published in the United States. However, all those books offered only one-sided descriptions of the war. Blaskovich's book is the first one to present the other side of the story. "Anatomy of Deceit" is divided in fourteen chapters, and the Croatian edition has a special preface written by Prof. Andrija Hebrang, MD, PhD, Minister of Health during the war. It is written for an American reader - short, straightforward, "CNN-look-a-like". However, the Croatian reader will find it interesting, too. It shows how facts about the war in Croatia can be stated in a simple and well-documented way, and discloses some, previously unpublished, facts about the work of international community.
Article by: Ivan Krešimir Lukić, Janoš K, Lovrić Z., Published: 18 tra 2000 06:45:00
Compilation of Papers and Studies (1997). - Geopolitical Reality of the Serb Nation.
(Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 2000.)
"Geopolitical Reality of the Serb Nation" is a compilation of essays and studies presented at the Round Table discussions entitled "The Serb Nation in the New Geopolitical Environment" held in Petrovaradin in January 1997, organized by the Institute for Geopolitical Studies. It contains 66 contributions written and/or presented by Serb philosophers, economists, sociologists, experts in political sciences, geography, demography, law, theology, ethics, and professional military personnel from FRY and Republika Srpska, and other academic institutions. Even though three years have passed since this symposium was held, the views expressed by Serb political and academics draw not only on the spirit of that time but also show the habitual thinking of the Serb political elite.
Article by: Josip Esterajher, Published: 18 tra 2000 06:37:00
Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1998). - Secrecy: The American Experience.
(Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 2000.)
In his book Secrecy, US Senator D.P. Moynihan sharply criticises the American government's secrecy. Drawing on the history of this institution's development, Moynihan attacks its legal framework and its function within the American political system, viewing it as one of the key characteristics of the governing methods of the executive. His work is a plea for abandoning the current situation, which he calls the "Culture of Secrecy", and for the establishment and acceptance of the alternative, "Culture of Openness".
Article by: Stribor Kikerec, Published: 18 tra 2000 06:36:00
Robert M. Hayden (1999). - Blueprints for a House Divided: The Constitutional Logic of the Yugoslav Conflicts.
(Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 2000.)
Robert M. Hayden's Blueprints for a House Divided: The Constitutional Logic of the Yugoslav Conflicts sets out to analyse the logic of the collapse of the former Yugoslav federation and the causes of the ensuing war(s). Hayden identifies two sources of disintegration. Firstly, he suggests that the federation collapsed because of the triumph of central European nationalism and concepts such as the nation-state, pursued primarily by the Slovenes and Croats. Secondly, Hayden maintains that the disintegration of Yugoslavia followed a firm logic of constitutional proposals based on exclusionist, nationalist claims that undermined the authority of the federation and produced structures of instability. According to Hayden, the collapse of the former Yugoslavia and the structures of the resulting conflicts can all be explained as the logical consequence of the adoption of certain constitutional concepts.
Article by: Marijan Gubić, Published: 18 tra 2000 06:33:00
Ashton B. Carter, William J. Perry (1999). - Preventive Defense: A New Security Strategy for America.
(Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 2000.)
The United States of America is founding its national security and military strategies on three groups of activities, called preparing, shaping and responding. Responding capability refers to current readiness of the armed forces to engage and successfully annihilate open threats to national security. That readiness was assessed during the nineties according to the military capability in successfully waging and winning two almost simultaneous major theater wars, like the one in Korea and in The Gulf. The preparing aspect of the strategy refers to modernization, restructuring and continuous adaptations of the national security system, in order to maintain its high readiness and effectiveness against possible future challenges. The development, acquisition and exploitation cycle for major weapon systems lasts for twenty to thirty or more years. That is only one of the many reasons why today's decisions have far-reaching consequences for the capabilities of the armed forces in the next decades. Environment shaping, sometimes called luck management, is also a way to prepare for the future. It consists of active engagement in world affairs to prevent the development of new major threats to American and international security.
Article by: Prof. dr. sc. Krešimir Ćosić, mr. sc. Dražen Penzar, Published: 18 tra 2000 06:21:00