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      Towards broader understanding of security and security policies

      Once the principles of democratic control started being first declaratively (2000) and then constitutionally (2006) adopted by the Serbian Government, the focus of CCMR’s activities shifted to encompass a wider and more holistic understanding of security.

      This happened in two ways: First, the organization increased its attention to non-military dimensions of the security sector including police, intelligence services, private security companies etc. Second, CCMR embraced the new concept of security sector reform which covered not only democratization but a full range of issues arising from to the transformation of society and of its security sector, including effectiveness, efficiency, legitimacy, transparency, accountability, modernization, and interoperability of the different security institutions. Since then it has developed significant experience in education, research, and advocacy and had profiled itself as a leading independent knowledge-centre in the field of security policy and theory in Serbia and the Western Balkans.

      The Centre’s work in this period was recognised by the seven rounds of polls on perceptions of defence reform and security policies in Serbia in the period 2003- 2005. This was the first comprehensive and specialised public research on defence issues and its questionnaire has since then been incorporated into polls that the Ministry of Defence procures periodically.

      Some of the most relevant research in the 2000- 2006 period included: Public Opinion and the Media on the Serbian and Montenegrin Armed Forces (7 rounds), The Serbian and Montenegrin Army and Serbian Orthodox Church - The Search for a New Identity, Protection of Human Rights in the Army and Police of the FR Yugoslavia, Normative Prerequisites for Civilian Control of the Army of Yugoslavia, Violent Dissolution of Yugoslavia - Causes, Dynamics and Effects, Private Security Companies - Friend or Foe.

      Besides this, the Centre was the first organization to engage official NATO representatives in public events in 2001 dealing with the legacies of 1999 intervention against FRY. In 2004 and 2005, Serbian citizens and members of the Armed Forces were offered training on the European security architecture delivered by the Centre. At the request of the Defense Committee of the Parliament of Serbia and Montenegro, the Centre developed the Draft Law on Democratic Civil Control of the Serbian and Montenegrin Armed Forces and the Draft Law on Oversight of Union-level Intelligence Services.

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