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    • Mission Possible - How can a civil society organisation influence SSR in the country in transition? - BSF event

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    • Date: 21 September 2012
      On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP), one of co-founders and organisers of BSF, BSF will host an informal panel sharing key lessons learned on how to become an independent and credible actor in security sector reform.

      BCSP will share ideas grown out of a four-year long experience of exporting know-how to the region within the Consortium of Western Balkan Security Think Tanks and its recent engagement in training Egyptian CSOs.

      Based on this experience, the key ideas on how to use Serbian experience in addressing challenges that civil society faces addressing SSR in other democratizing and post-conflict countries will be shared.

      BCSP is the oldest civil society organisation in the Western Balkans specialising in research, advocacy and education of security issues.

      The security sector is a sector led and largely controlled by the State and the security professionals in particular (the military and the police and intelligence).

      Breaking the monopoly of the State on matters of security (civil-military relations in the beginning) is at the centre of BCSP’s efforts to place the state security institutions under democratic civil control since its establishment in 1997.

      The BCSP founder will share the experience on how this process was done in a restrictive environment during Milosevic’s authoritarian and nationalistic rule and how they dealt with opportunities and challenges that emerged after the democratic transition began. External speakers will help us address the key issues of politics of state-security professionals-civil society relationship, while BCSP leadership will reveal key organizational strategies that enabled it to grow from an activist CSO into a think tank capable of maintaining oversight function, but also providing evidence-supported solutions to current policy challenges.

      Speakers:

      • Timothy Edmunds, Director of Global Insecurities Centre, University of Bristol, United Kingdom and author of the book Security Sector Reform in Transforming Societies. Croatia and Serbia and Montenegro
      • Saša Janković, Ombudsperson Republic of Serbia
      • Miroslav Hadžić, President of the Board, Belgrade Centre for Security Policy and professor of Faculty of Political Science
      • Sonja Stojanović, Director, Belgrade Centre for Security Policy
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