Publication Type: Journal Article
Source: Connections: The Quarterly Journal, Volume 7, Issue 1, p.17-45 (2008)
In contrast to the former republics of Yugoslavia that fought wars to reach their sovereignty, Montenegro achieved its independence democratically. This was a longer process, but it demonstrated that, even in the traditionally unstable Balkans, the most sensitive issues can be resolved peacefully, based on the concepts and principles of Western democracy. It is this specific feature of Montenegro that requires a special approach to finding adequate modalities to participate in the Partnership for Peace Program (PfP), taking into account the theory and practice of international relations.
It is particularly important to use thorough analysis to draw attention to Montenegro’s specific circumstances, problems, needs, opportunities, and priorities as it prepares to enter the PfP. By following key mechanisms, the Euro-Atlantic Partnership and Council for Partnership and Individual Partner Relations may choose appropriate and adequate forms of cooperation and common activities with both Allies and Partners as well.
Based on research and the status of the police, economic, and security parameters de-scribed herein, efficient solutions related to common activities and Allies and Partners’ direct assistance can be found so that Montenegro is able to actively participate and act within the Partnership for Peace Program.
Montenegro’s geographic, demographic, economic, and other resources afford it the opportunity to contribute to the Partnership for Peace. Based on the facts at hand, viable forms of cooperation and engagement can be determined in order to engage the potential of Allies and Partners in common activities. Also worthy of note are the priorities required for the Partnership process to function smoothly, particularly those related to the resolu-tion of common security problems, which presumes quality cooperation and meaningful contributions from all parties. The Partners’ “Lessons Learned” constitute an especially good foundation, and can serve as guidelines that Montenegro can use to make appropriate decisions.