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Security Program

Since 2001, the cutting edge criminological research, conducted within the Program, has shaped Bulgaria’s policy debate on organised crime. The Program experts have also participated in various international projects and networks on crime and security issues.The majority of those projects have been awarded or supported by the European Commission in particular - Directorate General “Home Affairs” and they have been of a great importance not only because of their scope (the research usually covers all 27 EU member states) but also because they have been an integral part of the pan-European cycle of policies to combat organized crime. In addition, the Security Program works closely with the other CSD’s programs in providing cross-disciplinary analysis on policy issues such as migration, corruption, grey economy, criminal justice, and human rights.

 

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Members of the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Center for Excellence visit the Center for the Study of Democracy
Radicalisation is a complex phenomenon that requires holistic policy approaches to prevention, involving a multitude of state and non-state actors. Тhe key role of frontline practitioners in prevention has been increasingly recognized at national and EU levels. The Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) brings together practitioners from around Europe who work daily with people who have already been radicalised, or who are vulnerable to radicalisation. more »
 
What Comes After the Islamic State: Implications for Europe
The current situation in Syria and Iraq and the emergence of the so-called Islamic State (IS) have created new security threats globally and in Europe. Since its rise as a new actor on the Islamist extremist scene, IS has become infamous for its exceptionally cruel tactics in territories it controls but also for organising and/or inspiring numerous terrorist acts far from its official borders, including in Europe and the US. Recently, the international military campaign against IS has been intensifying and the latter has suffered territorial loses. more »
 
Countering Extortion Racketeering in Bulgaria: Examining the Evidence and Devising Appropriate Measures
During the 1990s, Bulgaria experienced a significant upsurge in extortion racketeering, a crime which came to define the decade. Even though rates have decreased in recent years, the problem appears to persist. On 27 October 2016, the Center for the Study of Democracy organized a round table discussion on Countering Extortion Racketeering: Problem areas and Possible Measures. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Interior, General Directorate National Police, General Directorate Combatting Organised Crime and the Sofia Appellate Court. more »
 

Publications

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Situational Assessment of Extremist Trends

CSD Policy Brief No. 68: Monitoring Radicalisation and Extremism

Monitoring Radicalisation: A Framework for Risk Indicators

CSD Policy Brief No. 66: Dynamics of Conventional Crime in Bulgaria 2015 – 2016


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