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    • Backgrounders on key security topics are now available

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    • Date: 03 November 2008

      The Centre for Civil-Military Relations has published a series of Backgrounders, short analytical publications intended to help explain security sector reform, security integration and security studies. The Backgrounders are aimed primarily at political decision-makers, journalists, representatives of civil society organisations and ordinary members of the public who are interested in becoming better informed about the latest trends in security sector reform.

      The publication of the Backgrounder series was made possible by the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) and the support of the American people through USAID. The Backgrounders are published as part of the “Communicating Security: Increasing Citizens’ Participation in Security Politics” project which aims to strengthen public participation in the decision-making processes and other issues relating to security on both national and local levels.

      Researchers at the Centre for Civil-Military Relations have prepared four Backgrounders in this series: “What Legal Solutions Do Civil Society Organisations Have at their Disposal?” and “What Can and What Can’t Be a State Secret?” by Djordje Popović, “12 Questions and Answers on Civilian National Service” by Jelena Unijat and “Civil Society Organisations and the Security Sector” by Zorana Atanasović. The Centre is also planning to publish a fifth Backgrounder covering the debate on Serbia’s national security strategy.

      The Centre for Civil-Military Relations would like to thank the following institutions and organisations for their assistance in bringing this project to fruition: The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection, the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights, the Centre for Peace and Democracy Development, ASTRA - Anti Trafficking Action, the European Movement in Serbia, the ISAC fund, the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, the Coalition for Freedom of Access to Information, and, last but not least, the Department for Public Relations and the Human Resources Sector Department for Military Obligations of the Ministry of Defence.

      Reader comments and suggestions for new topics are most welcome and can be sent to office@ccmr-bg.org with the subject heading “To the Backgrounder editor”. The Backgrounder series is currently available only in Serbian.

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