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The Adriatic Journal team has in the past month been quiet on its online accounts but for a good reason: we have been working on our first annual edition of the Adriatic Journal magazine that has just been published today. The magazine also includes the seventh edition of the Strategic Foresight, a political and economic analysis of the region. If you would like a copy call us on 059926591; or email us at info@adriaticjournal.com; or, if you are in Ljubljana, come to ISR’s annual event next Tuesday 8 January at Maxi klub. The magazine covers a variety of issues best summed up in the foreword by the editor-in-chief, Tine Kračun:

Staying at the top

Dear readers of The Adriatic Journal, dear friends of the Institute for Strategic Solution!

In front of you is the first annual edition of The Adriatic Journal: Strategic Foresight 2019. The magazine contains the seventh edition of Strategic Foresight, which has become the leading foresight on the Western Balkans. Through the last seven years we noticed there is not enough focus on the region beyond our borders. Thus we have decided to expand our analysis into a format that is more accessible to a wider public. Hence, The Adriatic Journal, a corporate brief on geopolitics and living.

Just as we were finishing our first edition, Slovenia’s foreign minister dr. Miro Cerar, whom we feature in the publication, was wrapping up his visit to the USA. It was the first meeting that a Slovenian foreign minister had with his counterpart in Washington since 2010. We could not agree more when he expressed geostrategic importance of Western Balkans. In our Strategic Foresight section of the publication, we identified five key risks in the region for 2019, amongst which is vulnerability of weak local politics to foreign influence.

But business in the region appears to be in good shape. In the publication, we look at e-mobility developments in Slovenia, which is in full swing. Companies see opportunities in EU’s climate-neutral strategy by 2050. Contemporary business models are focusing on services for the end user that allow for better quality of living. The digital revolution has taken over and people are starting to experience it in their homes and everyday activities, such as banking. We expect that the ones who will remain at the top will be those enterprises who seize on the opportunity to bring better services to the public.

One of the main integrators of our increasing quality of life are urban environments. In the living section, we look at the capitals of the region. Belgrade impressed us with its startup culture, Sarajevo with its mix of Western and Balkan charm, and Zagreb with its Christmas market. Ljubljana remains right in size and attractive for young families with small children.

The team at ISR and The Adriatic Journal wish you a successful 2019. Thank you for your support.

Adriatic Journal


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