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Croatia adapts to a changing world.

A New Security Strategy

July 2017, Number 08.03

“Croatia’s new National Security Strategy outlines major national security interests and how to deal with them. The previous strategy was adopted in 2002, when Croatia joined NATO’s Partnership for Peace as a first step on the path to joining NATO and the European Union. Despite new security challenges, major changes to security and defense systems, the strengthening of Croatia’s international position, and new obligations that followed the country’s accession to NATO (2009) and the EU (2013), the National Security Strategy had not changed for 15 years. This can be attributed to a lack of political consensus on the main issues to be addressed and that the updating of such an important document wasn’t given the attention it deserved, though there were failed attempts to make changes in 2010 and 2012.

The emergence of transnational threats such as terrorism, irregular migration, hybrid warfare, along with more frequent natural accidents and disasters (especially floods and major fires), demanded that Croatia’s national security system be redefined, its national interests and strategic goals more clearly determined, and the very concept of security adapted to match the new security challenges...”

Excerpt from Damir Krstičević, Anita Perešin and Anto Zeli, “A New Security Strategy,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  8, No. 3, 2017: 56-59.

Damir Krstičević, deputy prime minister and defense minister of Croatia, chaired the Steering Committee for the development of the new National Security Strategy.

Anita Perešin, senior advisor at the Office of the National Security Council, was a member of the National Security Strategy Task Group.

Anto Zelić, Croatian defense attaché in the United Kingdom and Ireland, chaired the National Security Strategy Task Group.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.