The project is meant to foster balanced debate among think-tank community, academia, public policy and media in order to provide research-based alternative solutions to ongoing challenges of cooperation among Serbia, Kosovo and Albania. Project is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway.
Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP), Kosovar Centre for Security Studies (KCSS) and Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) are three independent think tanks from Belgrade,Pristina and Tirana specialized in research of security issues.
We share a concern for human security and democratization, and believe that competent involvement of civil society in security politics can make security governance more representative, transparent, democratic and effective.
Prior to this initiative, we have been cooperating since 2009 on a regional research on progress of security sector reform (SSR) and a transformation of region from a conflict zone into a security community. Apart from that, the three organizations have a proven record in dealing with wide variety of topics such as territorial and border demarcation disputes in the region, confidence building, reconciliation and network building among security professionals and young people.
In the Security Research Forum meetings we represent only our own personal views and in no way aim to speak on behalf of whole organisations, respective governments or any other interest groups. The support provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway is not affecting the outcome of research findings or advocacy initiatives.
Enhanced understanding of bilateral and trilateral security issues by establishing various links among security policy communities and increasing transparency in security governance. For that purpose, three participating think tanks will have a peer-to-peer exchange of practices, positive and negative lessons learned, and work with national security communities in Belgrade-Pristina-Tirana.
There is security dilemma in the region reinforced by lack of transparency in security governance, mutual fear and mistrust and by lack of credible information and unbiased sources on developments in security communities in respective countries. This is to a great extent caused by a deficient communication between Belgrade, Pristina and Tirana, even within civil society and academia resulting in lack of knowledge on other communities (especially security communities) as well as persistence of ingrained stereotypes and misconceptions. The inadequate level of transparency impedes national oversight of the sector (including that by the civil society) as well as the confidence building necessary for regional security cooperation. The current prevailing issues do not only contribute to security dilemma in the region, but they also impede democratization and reform processes in three societies, by diverting attention from domestic (social, economic and political) issues.
The goals of this project will be achieved through research, networking and advocacy activities and capacity-building activities of the participating organisations.