The fourth phase of its development the Centre entered with a new name which better reflects the mission and scope of its work and the broad understanding of security the Centre applies in its work. The Assembly of the Centre for Civil-Military Relations at its meeting on June 1st 2010 adopted the decision according to which the name of the organisation was changed to Belgrade Centre for Security Policy. At the same meeting, a decision was adopted to fully integrate Belgrade School of Security Studies into the BCSP.
One of the areas where the BCSP contributes to security studies in Serbia and security-related research is the methodology of the SSR presented as the Index of SSR. This was achieved within the BCSP's flagship project "Mapping and Monitoring of SSR in Serbia."
The pilot version of the methodology toolkit for measuring progress of the SSR process was made and tested in the case study of the Serbian security sector in 2008. The second round of empirical research was conducted in 2010/2011 period, parallel to the improvement of the methodology toolkit. The Index of SSR - the first such tool developed by a recipient country of international aid - was originally constructed and tested by the BCSP, and in 2009-2011 exported to regional think-tanks who then have applied it in their respective countries.
The results of the first monitoring phase of the SSR processes in Serbia were presented in the Yearbook of SSR in Serbia 2008. It contains analyses of publicly available data on progress of security sector reform or more specifically democratic governance, efficiency and effectiveness of military, the police, intelligence services, institutions with policing competencies (customs administration, tax police, and the Administration for the Prevention of Money Laundering), prisons, private security companies, as well as state and independent bodies in charge of monitoring and control of the aforementioned (National Assembly, judiciary, civil society organizations). The added value of this work is that it is the first such reference on the entire security sector and that it will be used in the future as a baseline for measuring progress of SSR in Serbia.
Since 2008, the BCSP has managed to move beyond national borders and contribute to regional knowledge-production and civil society participation in security policies. The most significant contribution in this area came with the launch of “Civil Society Capacity Building to Map and Monitor Security Sector in the Western Balkans Region” project in 2009, which not only provided comparative research on SSR achievements in the region but also resulted in the established Consortium of Western Balkan Security Think Tanks composed of 7 think-tanks. Owing to the partnership the Centre established, the regional consortium of think-tanks working in the area of security studies emerged as the first network of this kind in the region. Besides this, the Centre also helped train local CSOs in Serbia enabling them to oversee the security sector and security related policies in Serbia.
Significant contribution to the understanding of European security policies was provided through a one year educational course which the BCSP delivered in 2010. This course targeted youth members of political parties who were offered a structured and prepared course related to the most relevant issues of global and Euro-Atlantic security. A special outcome of this project is the first online course introducing EU security policies. Besides introducing a new learning method, this course provided a systematic source of information on European security and it is the first reference in Serbian at the beginner and intermediate level.
In the advocacy arena, continuous efforts were invested in regards to police reform as part of ongoing project “Europeanization of Police Reform in Serbia”. Within the project, together with two partner organizations the Centre publishes a monthly “Newsletter on Justice and Home Affairs of the European Union and Serbia,” which remains the only regular source on JHA in Serbia.
In 2011 the BCSP conducted the newest public opinion poll in regards to the perception of personal and national security, trust towards state security institutions, and orientation towards security integration. Based on the sample of 1200 Serbian citizens ,this research offered a coherent set of data on what citizens think about security policies and how do they perceive the environment in which they live. Based on this research, BCSP’s team was able to offer an analysis of current security policies and analyze possible trends in how those policies could be changed in the near future.
Since 2010, the BCSP has worked prominently in the advocacy area related to gender-mainstreaming into the security sector in Serbia.