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NATO and Macedonia offer lessons about combating misconduct.

Corruption Corrodes Security

January 2012, Number 03.01

“Living in a global era we are faced with threats of all kinds. Is corruption one of them? In a way it is and affects all of us. The problem of corruption is neither new nor restricted only to developing countries. Its nature can be extremely diverse and the context and relevance of the problem varies widely between countries and time periods. The world has focused on the problem in recent decades with the increase in global cooperation for achieving economic and social growth in all countries.

The globalization process has been driven by policies that have opened our economies domestically and internationally. After World War II, and especially after the Cold War, many governments adopted free-market economies, increasing their productive potential and creating new opportunities for international trade and investment. But globalization remains controversial. While proponents see globalization as a way for poor countries to raise their standards of living and develop economically, opponents believe the process creates an unfair international free market that only benefits multinational corporations at the expense of local enterprises, local cultures and the common people...”

Excerpt from Gabrijela Gjorgjevic, “Corruption Corrodes Security,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  3, No. 1, 2012: 20-25.

Gabrijela Gjorgjevic, a Marshall Center alumna, a graduate of EPASS 2011, is an analyst for NATO in the Policy and Planning Department in the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Macedonia. From 2008 to 2011, she was a defense counselor at the Macedonian mission to NATO, where she was engaged in the NATO Building Integrity Initiative and was a case study lecturer on regional courses delivered by NATO. Ms. Gjorgjevic has conducted a variety of seminars and courses at the NATO Defense College, Rome, and the NATO School, Oberammergau. In 2000, Ms. Gjorgjevic was awarded a Chevening Scholarship from Oxford University for three months of postgraduate research on the first round of NATO enlargement.

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