Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 2000.)
the past ten years a number of European countries have experienced
dramatic political, economical, social, or even cultural
changes. The breath-taking pace of these changes has constrained
politicians, intelligence professionals, political scientists
and historians to share ideas and exchange views referring
to an almost identical period of time. Due to the velocity
of the developments - the concept of national security has
unified the objects of interest of the different scientific
disciplines - history, political science, intelligence -
under the same focus in time.
project National Security and the Future was initiated
in February 1999, in order to fill a gap present in Central
and Southeast Europe, where there are no national or international
journals in the area of national security.
not our ambition to be just another journal on national
security, nor just a local or regional journal. The initial
editorial board consists of people not only from transitional
countries, but also from the USA, the Russian Federation,
Great Britain, Sweden, etc. Their reputation, knowledge
and experience support the need and ambition for a new approach
and consideration of international relations and national
stress is not only on international relations and national
security, but also on the future - the one we are facing,
as well as the potential one which may not happen because
political decisions, agreements and processes (deliberately
or accidentally) took one of many possible routes.
formation of political, social and historical events, intelligence
and intelligence assessment play an important role. Politicians
who have access to intelligence reports rarely express their
opinion on the usefulness and value of these reports. As
a rule, political scientists and historians do not have
access to intelligence usage or available intelligence assessments
at the time when poltiical and historical decisions are
made. On the other hand, intelligence officers do not have
the right to judge the political implementation of collected
a crucial link in the formation of political and historical
events is hidden and insufficiently evaluated. We would
like to subject this missing link to analysis and evaluate
its role in the decision-making processes on the national
and international levels.
National Security and the Future will be dedicated
to the advancement and understanding of principles and practices
of intelligence and national security in contemporary history
and foreign policy.
The NSF journal should have manifold purposes: to
research and understand practices of intelligence and to
advance the theory and methodology of intelligence; to contribute
to understanding and research the phenomenon of national
security. We believed that NSF should have a specific
pioneer and educational purpose also - by opening space
for contemplating serious problems of national security
and intelligence in the public of the Central and Eastern
European countries, where great need for such debates exists.
We also want to contribute and develop the emerging academic
study of intelligence as a distinctive discipline.
Thematically, the journal should be focused on Central and
Eastern Europe, but it will not be just for the public in
those countries. Namely, in the selected and elaborated
topics the emphasis will be on their relevance to the broader
issues of international relations and security. The actual
historical moment of these geographical territories and
the importance of local events for the wider international
relations make virtually any theme selected to relevant
for the broader international public.
actuality of the journal will be attained not only by the
selection of relevant topics, but also by authoritative
authors, which is guaranteed by very international composition
of the Editorial Board.
Board. The first meeting of the Editorial Board for
the international journal National Security and the Future
was held in Dubrovnik from the February 26 - 27, 1999. Participants
of the meeting in Dubrovnik were: Gen. Todor Boyadjiev (Bulgaria),
Mr. Oldrich Cerny (Czech Republic), Prof. Dr. Stevan Dedijer
(Sweden, Croatia), Mr. Richard Kerr (U.S.A.), Prof. Dr.
Janos Matus (Hungary), Mr. Miroslav Meğimorec (Croatia),
Gen. Leonid Shebarshin (Russian Federation), Mr. Richard
Stolz (U.S.A.) and Prof. Dr. Miroslav Tuğman (Croatia).
Among those who had accepted the invitation to participate
in the project National Security and the Future but could
not attend the meeting in Dubrovnik were: Doc. W. Agrell
(Sweden), Prof. Christopher Andrew (G. Britain), Mr. Luigi
Calligiris (Italy), Dr. Günter Joetze (Germany) and Mr.
Uri Neeman (Israel).
Board accepted the following policy.
National Security and the Future will be published in
English, it will appear quaterly i.e. four issues annually.
Each issue of National Security and the Future will consist
of four main parts:
Main topic - each issue will be focus to one main topic
which is impotant for strategic-oriented understanding
of the future.
Studies of main problems and events in transition countries:
Political history and/or history of intelligence.
and methodology of national security and intelligence.
Overview and reviews of publications.
main Topics. The main topics that the journal will
cover in the near future will be:
resolution - sources, perspectives
and national security in the 21st Century
future of intelligence services
support to international organisations (e.g. UN, NATO)
action: pluses and minuses for the 21st Century
collection of intelligence
and knowledge management
and the public
between intelligence and policy makers
in a democratic society
publisher of the NSF is St. George Association
- a non-profit, non-governmental scientific association
which gathers scientists and researchers dealing with the
problems of national security and intelligence.
resolution is the main topic of the first issue of the
NSF. Theoretically and practically, conflicts are
the central problem of international relations, they are
central objectives of intelligence acitvities and central
motives of political and strategic studies. Today we are
faced with another manifold crisis in Kosovo. That conflict
alread has and will have in the future many consequences
not only on the regional level, but also on the international
level (the role fo the NATO, military doctrine, the European
security system, the role of the United Nations and the
UN Security Council etc.). The nature of conflict resolution
also raises numerous questions about international sovereignty,
human rights, spheres of interest etc.
contributions for the first issue of the NSF were
prepared mostly in the autumn of 1999. We would like to
thank all the authors and all the people who suported this
project from the very begining. We would like to give special
thanks to Senator Francesco Cossiga, former President of
the Republic of Italy, for his contribution to NSF.
that the general public, professionals and specialist will
accept our Journal as relevant and timely. But we would
also like to open our Journal as a forum for different ideas