Security and Defense

Security is one of the most important preconditions for the realization of democracy, rule of law and human rights. CEDEM deals with monitoring security sector reform as well as international and regional security dynamics, with special focus on Montenegro. Based on research findings, CEDEM publishes analysis and recommendations addressed to lawmakers, government officials, representatives of security institutions, civil society, etc.

Within this department, CEDEM has implemented two regional projects. "Civil Society Capacity Building for Mapping and Monitoring Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans 2008-2011" produced publications and reports in various areas of security sector reform (transparency, democratic control and oversight, representation, etc.). CEDEM has become one of the seven members of a regional consortium of independent research centers in Western Balkans,and with the cooperation of this consortium and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) from Oslo, CEDEM is implementing a second research project, "To what extent is a security community being built in the Western Balkans?"


SSRWithin the project Strengthening the Capacity of Civil Society Organizations for Mapping and Monitoring Security Sector Reforms in the Western Balkans, CEDEM's representatives attended the round table organized on March, 27 in the City Assembly of Belgrade. The round table brought together experts in the field of security sector reform from Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Albania.

briselEmir Kalac, Representative of CEDEM, participated in a round table Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans: Context and Development 1991 - 2010. The event was held in Brussels, at the CEPS (Center for European Policy Studies). The aim of this discussion was the presentation of the main findings of a three-year research project: Civil Society Capacity Building to Map and Monitor Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans, 2009-2011.