Anti? at a conference in 2014
|Born||9 October 1974|
Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
During the 1996-97 protests in Serbia, Anti? was the long-standing chairman of the protest's Main Council (Parliament). Previously, Anti? was one of the protest leaders at the Faculty of Philosophy. After the student protest had reached its triumphant end, Anti? had, together with several colleagues (?edomir Jovanovi?, Vladimir Dobrosavljevi?, Igor ?e?elj, Sa?a ?iri?, and others) organized the Student Political Club (SPK). SPK was the first student party in history of Serbia. It led a boycott campaign of the 1997 elections. SPK called for political reforms and opted for new national, economic and regional policy. In 1998, SPK merged into the Democratic Party, at the time the strongest non-parliamentary political party in Serbia.Zoran ?in?i?, then the party leader, named Anti? as the party spokesman.
?edomir Anti? graduated from History at the University of Belgrade in 1999 as the first in his generation. Anti? attended an MA course in Contemporary history at the University of Bristol (2001/02). He also took an MPhil in Modern history (2003) at the University of Belgrade. In 2008 Anti? obtained a PhD in history from the University of Belgrade. His PhD thesis is titled Great Britain and Serbia during the 1914-18 War. ?edomir Anti? has been a fellow at the Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts since 2000. In 2000, the Association of University Professors and Scientist of Serbia (Udru?enje univerzitetskih profesora i nau?nika Srbije) awarded Anti? with the title of the best student in Serbia. Anti?'s book, Ralph Paget: A Diplomat in Serbia, was awarded by North American Society for Serbian Studies as the best monograph published in 2006 written in English.
?edomir Anti? was regarded as an intellectual among the leadership of the Student Protest 1996/1997. He was prominent for his reformist attitude, but it was indicated that he was an enlightened patriot as well. When the Student Political Club joined the Democratic Party, Anti? was the only one who got a high post in the party. However, due to ?edomir Jovanovi?'s personal dealings and ambitions in the Democratic Party, SPK members failed to create a wing in the party, and Anti? was soon marginalized. Anti? withdrew from political life after year 2000. He was a member of the first Executive Board of the University of Belgrade since the beginning of the democratic changes and took part in governmental commission for drafting the Public Holidays Law.
Dissatisfied by aspects of political transition in Serbia and disillusioned after corruption scandals in the Democratic Party, Anti? entered politics again. In 2002 he published his state and national program "The Draft: Independent Serbia in the European Union" ("Nacrt: Nezavisna Srbija u Evropskoj uniji"). In the Draft he advocated for the dissolution of the dysfunctional union between Serbia and Montenegro and a "historical compromise" between the Republic of Serbia and ethnic Albanians from Kosovo. Even though he left possibility for the reintegration of Kosovo in Serbia, Anti? opted for the peaceful and democratic division of Kosovo. He advocated for a new political beginning for Serbia, the establishment of a firm, functional, but economically and politically fully regionalised state. The Draft was adopted as political program of the newly established party G17 Plus. G17 Plus came fourth in parliamentary elections of 2003 (its political club in parliament was the third in number of MPs). Soon after, Anti? was elected the youngest member of the G17 Plus presidency. After the establishment of the first Ko?tunica government (DSS - G17 - SPO/NS), Antic became the political advisor of Deputy Prime Minister Miroljub Labus. In government, Antic was known as an independent and bold critic of general state and national policy. He played an important role in writing the Labus Plan for Kosovo (2004), announced the biggest government crisis over cooperation with the ICTY (from January to March 2005), and was firm in M. Labus public defence during "the Ericsson Scandal" in 2005. However, his firm stand over Montenegro and Kosovo, and popularity within the party, alienated the party leadership from Antic. After Labus resigned and left the party leadership in May 2006, Antic supported the party's Vice-President Dinkic. Nevertheless, Antic's candidacy for vice-presidency was "banned" and abolished in September 2006. ?edomir Antic resisted, rejected to stay in the party leadership and later on left the party.
In July 2007 ?edomir Anti? founded the Progressive Club (NK), a political NGO which continues conservative and modernist traditions of the 19th century Serbian Progressive Party. Together with Anti?, members of the Progressive Club are Slobodan G. Markovi? - historian and university professor, Predrag J. Markovi? - historian and university professor, Fe?a Dimovi? - lawyer and musician from the hip-hop band Beogradski Sindikat, Mr Miroslav Marinkovi? former head of the ?umadija County, and others.
?edomir Anti? has been the youngest member of the Crown Council of H.R.H. Prince Alexander II of Serbia since 2002.