On 01.10.2013, at the “Stone Bridge Hotel”, there was a promotion of the 43rd issue of the quarterly “Political Thought”, published by the “Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung” (KAS) and the Institute for Democracy SOCIETAS CIVILIS Skopje (IDSCS), under the title: “Foreign Policy and Aspects of International Diplomacy: Macedonian Diplomacy in the Third Decade of its Independence”.
On the first panel discussion, Anja Chimek, an official KAS representative, gave an introductory speech and presented a thorough analysis of the recently held elections in Germany. She objectively presented the results from the elections and the perspectives for the near future, but also spoke about the expectations of the German people, regarding the political events in Macedonia.
In the first panel of the promotion we heard the speeches of: Nikola Poposki – the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, Denko Maleski – University professor and former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Antonio Miloshoski – current MP in the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia and also a former Minister of Foreign Affairs. Moderator of the panel was the president of IDSCS, Vladimir Misev, who at the very beginning of the promotion emphasized that the event has no pretentions of becoming an arena for measuring the opposing views on the name issue, but it will instead try to nurture a more direct approach in the analysis of the foreign policy of Macedonia.
In the second part of the promotion, there was a wider debate with experts from the field of foreign policy, exchanging part of their experiences with the rest of the participants.
This part was moderated by Nenad Markovikj, one of the founders of IDSCS, while we could also hear the speeches of: Aleksandar Spasenovski – MP in the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia, Gordan Georgiev – member of the SDSM presidency, Zvonko Jankulovski – University professor, Jovan Andonovski – Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Stevo Pendarovski – member of SDSM presidency.
The main points of focus in the two panels were overcoming the name issue with the southern neighbor and the blockage of the Euro integrative processes.
Aleksandra Murgoska, project assistant in IDSCS, contributed herself as one of the authors in this publication. Her paper is titled: “The Influence of UN as a Peace Organization on the Preventive Diplomacy”.
This event caused an enormous media interest. On the following links you can see the articles/ videos connected to the event.
TV Sitel: http://www.sitel.com.mk/mk/debata-sporot-za-imeto-problem-i-dilema-za-makedonskata-diplomatija
Voice of America: http://mk.voanews.com/content/macedonia/1760907.html
TV Alsat: http://bit.ly/15I6Y2C
The latest issue of “Political Thought” can be downloaded on the following link.