BCSP Researcher Marko Savkovic analyzes the relation between NATO’s Smart Defence and European Union’s Pooling and Sharing.
This is the first study of public opinion in realization of civil society organization where the focus is on the perception of corruption in the police, citizens' personal experiences with corruption in the police and evaluation of the reforms of the police in this area.
BCSP Researcher Marko Savkovic analyses how financial crisis is affecting European spendings on defence and proposes possible alternatives.
This policy brief is result of a project of learning and exchange among the peer civil society organisations from Egypt (One World Foundation) and Serbia (Belgrade Centre for Security Policy) facilitated by PASOS. The cooperation took place over the period of a year starting in the second half of ...
The latest issue of Collection of Policy Papers propose answers on building safe community in Serbia, the position of the police in the new Criminal Procedure Code, and the role of ethics in policing.
Early view of the paper - The article discusses some of the implications of the post-1989 inclusion of the problem of organised crime into the international security agenda. The analysis uses the case of Bulgaria where organised crime was identified and handled as national security threat in late 1990s in conditions of a shrinking social role of the state. This prompted a continuous and allpervasive institutional and legislative reform with limited results which led to a growing distrust in the Bulgarian institutions.
This article seeks to address this gap in the literature by looking at the case of Bulgaria where organised crime emerged on the political agenda in the 1990s and since then has become one of the most politicised issues in domestic affairs. The interpretation of these developments which is presented here is based on analysis of the transformation of the Bulgarian state in the 1990s and particularly the reforms introduced under the neoliberal programme implemented in that period. The article suggests that the politicisation of organised crime cannot be solely explained with the rise of this type of criminality in the 1990s, or the external pressure to adopt anti-organised crime policies.
It argues that other factors related to the on-going political processes in Bulgaria also need to be taken into consideration. In such an expanded framework of analysis the anti-organised crime policies developed in Bulgaria between 1997 and 2007 can be interpreted as a result of an ideologically driven relocation of policies on crime from the social to the security policy area which may also explain their political exploitation and limited impact.