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Demokracija i nacionalna sigurnost
Democracy and National Security

Author(s): Emir Vajzović
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Fakultet političkih nauka - Univerzitet u Sarajevu
Keywords: organized crime; national security; trafficking in human beings; corruption; terrorism

Summary/Abstract: The state of nature brings conflicts in claiming rights within the union of sets of personal interests, thereby the individual by accepting the social contract is surrendering a part of its sovereignty in return for the security guaranteed by the State. The article scrutinise individual and national security in democratic society with focus on democratic supervision and control as significant elements of national security system’s functioning. Taking into consideration historical circumstances of state and democracy development, the percentage of people died within process of construction, reconstruction and deconstruction of states and investments in security system at global level – it is obvious that democratic supervision and control of security system is very important for preserving wellbeing of mankind, democratic values of the society and security of the individual. The importance of security system for individual, national and global security is unquestionable whereas supervision and control over national security system is an indicator of democracy and respect for human rights and liberties in a country. Furthermore, it is important for citizens and institutions to understand the significance of its democratic role in order to prevent events like those prior, during and after the dissolution of former Yugoslavia from reoccurring, where the combination of unrestrained executive control of the military and military influence over policy was one of the central features.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 312-328
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Bosnian