МА Milica Topalović

Milica Topalović is a Research Assistant at the Institute for Political Studies and a member of the National Security Research Center. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences in the study program: International Studies. After completing her basic studies, she enrolled in a master's degree at the same faculty, majoring in International Security. She successfully defended the thesis "Civil-military relations and the coup attempt in Turkey in 2016". She is currently a doctoral student in international and European studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences.

She deals with research in the field of international, regional and national security, civil-military relations, gender equality and migration.

Milica is the secretary of the scientific journal "Political Review" published by the Institute for Political Studies, an alumni of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), an active member of the CEEISA international network of doctoral students and a participant in numerous projects.

All her academic works are available at the link: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Milica-Topalovic-3/research.

WHEN THE HOME BECOME A BATTLEFIELD - FEMICIDE AND THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA

Femicide, as the most extreme form of gender-based violence, has been highlighted as a special social and security problem in the Republic of Serbia in recent years. Statistical data support the fact that over a ten-year period, more than three hundred women were killed by members of households of the opposite sex, of which over a hundred were killed by the use of firearms. Although the National Security Strategy of the Republic of Serbia does not specifically recognize the phenomenon of femicide as a challenge, risk, or threat to national security, an interpretive approach can relativize this claim for at least two reasons. The first stems from the importance that the Strategy places on human security, i.e. preservation and health security of groups and individuals, where and how femicide can be included. The second stems from the importance of social policy for national security, where special attention is paid to increasing the birth rate, demographic structure, and protection of the family, which, in the context of femicide, becomes a battlefield, not a refuge. Through a semiotic analysis of the content of strategic documents, with the use of quantitative data on femicide in Serbia, the paper aims to overcome the perception of femicide as a security problem, that is, to present men's directed desire to injure, destroy or punish women as a threat to national security. A special part of the paper will be devoted to the positive correlation between the availability of firearms and the rate of femicide in the Republic of Serbia, as well as a comparative analysis of statistics and experiences of other countries that record an infamous trend of increasing the number of femicides.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND SCIENCE IN THE REPUBLIC OF ALBANIA: COOPERATION WITH THE FRENCH REPUBLIC, STATE AND PЕRSPECTIVES

The work covers a wide field of origin, development, but also the current state of higher education and science in the Republic of Albania. In all post-communist countries, higher education is a mirror of the entire society and the political-economic state of the country, and in Albania, too, a long evolutionary process of turmoil between conservative and more liberal higher education policies can be observed, which resulted in a decline in the quality of education and scientific research. On this path of harmonization with world and European standards in the field of higher education and science, the paper investigates the role of the French Republic, which gives rise to the research question: At what level are the bilateral relations between the Republic of Albania and the French Republic in the field of higher education and science, bearing in mind that is the Republic of Albania a permanent member of the francophone organization, as well as the fact that the share of the Albanian francophone population is significant? The work will especially take into account the mobility of Albanian students, programs and projects implemented at Albanian universities with the help of the Government of France, universities, cities and regions, and private companies, but will also include the problems of excessive outflow of educated and able-bodied population. The author's conclusion is that the presence of France is not negligible, but still insufficient considering the traditionally friendly relations of these two countries. Of particular importance will be the use of the method of document analysis, genealogy, as well as analytical-descriptive methods.

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SECURITISATION WITHOUT SPEECH ACTS: SECURITISATION OF MIGRATION AND FAILURE OF TURKEY-KURDISH PEACE NEGOTIATIONS

After decades of marking the Kurds as an existential threat to Turkey's territorial integrity and ontological security, a new peacetime period is coming, accompanied by peace initiatives and the conflict's de-escalation. Taking into account the fact that the Turkish-Kurdish peace process failed during the most significant migrant crisis of the modern age, the paper seeks to examine the causality of these processes, i.e. to answer the question of whether and how the securitisation of the migration affected the failure of peace process. Using the analysis of verbal and non-verbal acts of securitising actors, but also a descriptive method of internal and external processes of Turkish politics in the period from 2009 to 2015, the paper will explain that securitisation without the use of verbal acts of Kurdish refugees contributed to mutual mistrust which would lead to the collapse of peace talks.