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CSD is an active player in shaping the security agenda of Bulgaria. Between the 1995 and 2001, CSD partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to provide regular early warning monitoring of for ethnic conflict in Bulgaria. Since 2001 CSD’s focus shifted towards Bulgaria’s NATO accession and modernization of the security sector. CSD regularly provides a forum to political and military leaders to address policy issues in the context of conferences, or round-table discussions. One of the core areas of security related research has been related to arms control and proliferation, where CSD worked together with international NGOs and organisations to support the strengthening of arms export regulations.

Events

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Privatization of Security in Transforming Societies
The flourishing private security sector in Southeast Europe has received little attention in international and domestic policy debates on security governance despite the growing challenges and opportunities it presents to ensuring security as a public good in new democracies. more »
 
Public Discussion: National and International Security in the 21st Century
On 28 July 2011 the Center for the Study of Democracy in cooperation with the Southeast Europe Development Initiative and the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense hosted in the Sofia Military Club, a public discussion on national and international security in the 21st century. The keynote speaker was General James Jones, former National Security Advisor to President Obama and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, joined by the Bulgarian Minister of Defense Anu Anguelov. more »
 

Publications

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Private Security in Practice: Case studies from Southeast Europe
For the current volume Private Security in Practice: Case studies from Southeast Europe the authors present eight case studies that explore the impact that private security has on security, human rights and the democratic order in four Southeast European countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Kosovo and Serbia. Since regulation should not only limit the negative impact but also foster the positive contribution that private security can make, the authors specifically looked at how challenges posed by PSCs could be avoided and how opportunities can be seized. more »
 
Extortion racketeering in the EU: vulnerability factors
Extortion racketeering has been long pointed out as the “defining activity of organised crime” (Konrad & Skaperdas, 1998). Although in recent years this crime has not been among the top listed organised crime threats in the strategic EU policy documents, it still remains ever present in European countries. more »
 


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