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HELSINŠKE SVESKE: In the Triangle of the State Power - Army, Police, Paramilitary Units
HELSINŠKE SVESKE: In the Triangle of the State Power - Army, Police, Paramilitary Units

Author(s): Stipe Sikavica, Budimir Babović, Miloš Vasić, Filip Švarm
Subject(s): Politics, Governance, Government/Political systems, International relations/trade, Security and defense, Military policy, Post-War period (1950 - 1989), Transformation Period (1990 - 2010), Inter-Ethnic Relations
Published by: Helsinški odbor za ljudska prava u Srbiji
Keywords: Yugoslavia; army; Serbia; regime; Slobodan Milošević; war-time; peace-time; "serbization"; nationalities; transformation; police forces; international dimension; paramilitary groups;
Summary/Abstract: (English edition) Even if one were to maintain that some psychological, political and professional features of Yugoslav Army resembled those of the armies of some European states undergoing transition, then one must also admit that the Yugoslav Army does not have its counterpart anywhere in the world when it comes to the YA origins, background, war experience and the current political engagement. One could say without any exaggeration that it is a phenomenon among the armies of the world, as much as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is a phenomenon among other countries in the world. At least this assertion applies to the state and its army during the rule of Slobodan Milošević. It was created not through transformation, as the versions of the domestic (both active and retired) military professionals imply (see, for example, Veljko Kadijević, My perception of the war, Beograd 1993 page 113) but by simple downsizing and (mere renaming) of the former Yugoslav People's Army to the Serbian-Montenegrin combat and high officers cadres. That process evolved in a frightening wanton war destruction and wandering “of the armed force of all our peoples and nationalities” from Karavanka mountains in Slovenia to Danube and Drina. The Army of Yugoslavia after ten years of its existence is still searching for its own identity.

  • Page Count: 52
  • Publication Year: 0
  • Language: English