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        • Democracy in Serbia is backsliding, leading steadily into state capture and reversing achievements of the almost two-decade long Security Sector Reform. Blurring the line between the party and the state as well as between public and private interests applies also to the Serbian security sector, nurturing arbitrariness and culture of impunity. The captured security sector serves in turn also as an important lever used for tightening the grip of state capture through surveillance, intimidation of political opponents or inactivity in regards to attacks on critically inclined civil society and media. The year 2018 was marked by bulk new legislation further eroding democratic civilian control over the security sector, which hasn’t been systematically monitored since 2012. Apart from some ad-hoc reactions on incidents and bad legal solutions, there is no comprehensive understanding how the state capture in Serbia evolves and functions.

           

          This project aims at filling this gap by documenting and deconstructing the ongoing process of state capture in the security sector in Serbia through research and presentation of mechanisms, actors and consequences of this process. Institutional and legislative changes in the security sector governance over the past five years will be tracked, as well as its interconnectedness with other sectors and wider political processes. Another goal of this project is to boost demand for reversing state capture trend in Serbia by breaking fear among citizens, alarming domestic and international decision-makers and building alliances with other democracy defenders.

           

          Major component of the project is research, building on already tested methodology and relying on genuine expertise of BCSP’s staff covering all key security sector actors (police, armed forces, security-intelligence services, private security sector). The main product will be a report, promoted through public conference and media.

           

          The project is supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The views expressed throughout the project activities are exclusively those of the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy and do not reflect the views of NED.

           

          Project duration: April 2019 - March 2020

        • Tags: state capture, Sonja Stojanović Gajić, Predrag Petrović, Saša Đorđević, Marija Ignjatijević, Jelena Pejić, Katarina Đokić, Bojan Elek, Isidora Stakić
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