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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 »
 
A Force for Good? Mapping the Private Security Landscape in Southeast Europe
The volume explores and assesses the origins and current state of the private security sector in four Southeast European countries (Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania and Kosovo), with specific reference to principles of good governance and the protection of human rights. more »
 
Anti-Corruption Measures in EU Border Control
The present study, commissioned by FRONTEX, provides academic and policy perspectives, as well as empirical data on corruption and anti-corruption measures observed in border guard institutions across the 27 Member States of the European Union. more »
 
CSD Brief No 30: Practices and Forms of Cooperation between Customs and Border Guards in the European Union
The economic crisis and the increased threats from terrorism, organised crime and illegal migration have brought to light the issue of efficient and effective management of the external borders of the European Union. For Bulgaria it has become even more important with regard to its upcoming accession to the Schengen area. more »
 
Private Actors and Security Governance
This volume situates security privatisation within a broader policy framework, considers several relevant national and regional contexts and analyses different modes of regulation and control relating to a phenomenon with deep historical roots but also strong links to more recent trends of globalisation and trans-nationalisation. more »
 
‘The rifle has the devil inside’, Gun Culture in South Eastern Europe
This report examines how cultural beliefs and practices influence gun ownership and use in SEE, and how these might affect SALW control interventions. It was initially researched by the Center for the Study of Democracy, Bulgaria during Autumn 2005 and Spring 2006. more »
 
Nato Transformation - Facing New Security Frontiers
The present publication summarizes the discussions at the International Security Conference “NATO Transformation – Facing New Security Frontiers” held on April 28-29, 2006 in Sofia, Bulgaria. more »
 
Security Risks and Transformation - Euroatlantic and Regional Perspectives
This publication summarizes the discussions at the International Security Conference "Security Risks and Transformation - Euroatlantic and Regional Perspectives" held in November 19-20, 2005 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The conference discussions benefited from the participation of the Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev, Supreme Allied Commander Europe General James Jones, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria Ivailo Kalfin, Minister of Defense Vesselin Bliznakov, Minister of the Interior Rumen Petkov and other senior oficials from Southeast Europe (SEE). more »
 
NATO, EU and the New Risks: A Southeast Europe Perspective
The present publication summarizes the discussions at the international conference NATO, EU and the New Risks: A Southeast Europe Perspective held on October 29-30, 2004 in Sofia. more »
 

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