“Serving the transformation of Serbia”
 
 

Mission Statement:

ISAC promotes and serves the transformation of Serbia towards EU and Euro-Atlantic membership by addressing the challenges facing the country and the region, influencing policy and decision-making through research, policy proposals, political analysis and forecasts, and specialist education, with the ultimate aim of attaining a more prosperous future for the present and coming generations.

 
 
 
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CONFERENCES AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS  
GUIDES  
MONITORING RUSSIA - SERBIA RELATIONS  
SECURITY SECTOR REFORM SCHOOLS  
SEMINARS  
YOUTH EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS  
 
 

7th School of Security Sector Reform

15 – 19 May 2006, Belgrade


Five day intensive educational program for young leaders, professionals and practitioners in security affairs.

This project was made possible through the kind donation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the Czech Embassy in Belgrade

In spite of the ever increasing number of efforts to push ahead, the reform of the security sector in Serbia (and Montenegro) still presents one of the crucial challenges ahead in the country’s overall reform process.  Not only is the continuation and the deepening of these reforms a prerequisite for moving forward in the process of Euro-Atlantic integration, entering the PfP program and progressing in the Stabilisation and Association process with the EU as the most important ones, but – even more importantly – it is a basic requirement of the country’s citizens.  In order to perform a task as demanding as carrying out genuine, deep-reaching and institution-altering reforms, all the actors involved will not only have to continue working more energetically in the coming years, but will also have to act on some very specific structural and institutional issues.

Those issues also include alterations such as the change of the mindset of the security sector’s  members (especially its older generations), improvement in the levels of cooperation among the very actors and across sectors, gaining clearer sense of each one’s true position and role within the security system, all based on accurately and thoughtfully developed strategic documents.  The government will need to commence developing mechanisms that will provide answers to the main questions, such as – What is the purpose of armed forces reform?; What are they being reformed to accomplish?, Who controls the intelligence services?; How and who uses the results of their work?, etc.  All of this will require formalised approaches to analysing security threats and challenges, precise strategic planning, proper involvement of the executive branch of government where it ascribes the levels of acceptability, or lack of it, to the identified risks and challenges, and so forth.  Nevertheless, at this very moment, apart form the attainment of unreserved and complete cooperation with ICTY, one of the most important tasks ahead remains the development of specialist education which, in turn, provides the necessary foundations for many of the other components and steps in the reform of the security sector.  In other words, education for security sector reform is the prerequisite for informed and planned security sector reform.

The modifications and reforms of the educational institutions and their programs are as demanding as the reforms of any other of the country’s fundamental sectors.  Yet, the immediate need for knowledge is too urgent to procrastinate with excuses that it is difficult to alter the overall structures.  It is clear that incremental steps can be made and certain of the needs addressed as and when they are identified, until the time when the society is in a position to transform the existing or, failing that, create entirely new institutions.  In this knowledge-gaining process, we should not forget to mention the need for re-education of people already established within the wheels of the security sector.  Their experience, combined with new ideas and methods, as well as diverse support from the international community, may indeed identify some extraordinary individuals within the “old guard” who are both willing and able to change in step with requirements placed afore them.

Nonetheless, the brunt of the reforms will inevitably be carried out by the younger generations.  More specifically, to develop and imbed a true system of democratic control of the armed forces, as both a condition and an element of the reform of the security sector, this country will most certainly require trained civilians with developed ability and knowledge of the sensitive work in addition to their already evident energy and dedication.  The civilian experts take time to develop and a considerable number of them are already needed.  On-the-job training is a valid method not to be underestimated, but in addition to that it is vital to offer a number of systematised educational activities that will help the civilians develop the necessary expertise and further their knowledge by acquiring specialist skills in specific areas of security sector reform (SSR).  This is where the work of specialised institutions in the civil sector, as well as the country’s academic institutions, come into play as a contribution to efforts underway within the security sector ministries.

Having all of the above in mind, as well as the experience and the success of all six previous Schools of Security Sector Reform, previously organized by the Defence and Security Studies Centre (DSSC) of the G17 Institute, during 2003, 2004 and 2005, the ISAC Fund – as the successor to DSSC, recognized the necessity to continue with this educational undertaking, as an institution which unconditionally continues the activities and further expands the work of DSSC.  Thus, the one-week interactive School titled “The 7th School of Security Sector Reform” will be held 15 to 19 May 2006, as the seventh event in this continual education cycle.  Just as the previous six Schools, the 7th School is also intended for the young leaders, professionals and practitioners, targeting all the relevant institutions:  the SaM Ministries of Defence and of Foreign Affairs, Serbia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, the parliaments, independent and professional media, NGOs, and students and researchers from relevant Faculties and Institutes.  This educational activity is the groundwork on which the ISAC Fund plans to expand and offer more specialised educational courses aimed at helping the participants engage in an in-depth exploration of specific areas of the security sector and its reform process, through workshops consisting of scenario-based role-plays and simulations.

Considering the very difficult financial situation of institutions targeted with this project (military and police in particular, but also the academia), at this time the ISAC Fund still  depends on donors for financial support to implement the School program.  Previous Schools were organised with the generous help and kind donations of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the British Embassy in Belgrade, the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Belgrade, NATO's Public Diplomacy Division and Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe (sponsored by Germany), the Danish Ministry of Defence, the Royal Danish Embassy in Belgrade and the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ISAC Fund expresses its gratefulness to Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Czech Embassy in Belgrade for making the 7th School possible.

Main Objectives of the School:

The activities of the School are intended to contribute to:

  • Achieving a well targeted transfer of quality knowledge and relevant experience aimed at helping professionals increase their knowledge, and providing them an opportunity to practice these skills through workshops in an environment of their peers.
  • To help initiate future civilian experts in issues and concepts of security sector reform process, as well as to expand the knowledge of security sector professionals.
  • Support for the emergence of an informed, competent and decisive Security Community in Serbia and Montenegro.
  • Underlining the urgency of the need to reform the security sector in Serbia and Montenegro.
  • Diminishing public ignorance and lack of interest for the security sector reform and for the establishment of democratic control of the armed forces in Serbia and Montenegro, by offering a serious and responsible educational approach to the matter.
  • Public promotion of the need for the democratic control of the armed forces and particularly of the Army of Serbia and Montenegro by addressing the issues of collective security systems and their importance for the security as well as for undertaking of the process of security sector reform in Serbia and Montenegro.
  • To outline the course of the country’s integration in systems of collective and cooperative security, predominantly within the Euro-Atlantic structures – PfP and NATO.

Schedule of the 7th School of Security Sector Reform

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Notice, 28 Nov 2016
The conclusions of the 2nd CFSP Conference "The European Union's Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy and the Western Balkans", 04 Oct 2016
New compilation of policy paper recommendations - Young leaders training 2015/2016, 15 Sep 2016
Conference "The European Union's Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy and the Western Balkans", 13 Jul 2016
Follow us on social networks!, 11 Jul 2016
Meeting of the Young Leaders with the State Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior, 07 Jun 2016
The European Union's Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy and the Western Balkans , 27 May 2016
Second annual analysis of Serbia's alignment with declarations, positions and measures of the EU, 08 Feb 2016
Guide to the World Trade Organization, 09 Dec 2015
Conference - Accession of Serbia to the World Trade Organization and the Start of Negotiations with the European Union. , 07 Dec 2015
ISAC's CFSP Policy Opinion/2, 09 Nov 2015
Young Leaders Training in Security Policy , 30 Oct 2015
ISAC's CFSP Policy Opinion, 06 Oct 2015
Young Leaders Training in Security Policy, 23 Jul 2015
New policy study: Serbian-Romanian Relations and the Status of the Vlach Minority in Serbia, 15 Jul 2015
#CFSPSerbia Conference Conclusions, 10 Jul 2015
Ukrainian crisis - Views from Ukraine, Germany and Serbia, 26 May 2015
ISAC Hosts the "CFSP and Serbian Accession to the European Union" Conference, 20 May 2015
Promotion of "Guide to Chapter 31 - Foreign and Security Policy", 12 May 2015
ISAC on social networks, 26 Apr 2015
CFSP and Serbian Accession to the European Union, 10 Apr 2015
ISAC Hosts the Conference "Ukrainian Crisis - Views from Ukraine, Germany and Serbia", 28 Mar 2015
First annual analysis of Serbia's alignment with declarations, positions and measures of the EU , 08 Feb 2015
New policy paper: Preparations for the Opening of Negotiations on Chapter 30 - External Economic Relations and Croatian experience, 25 Jan 2015
New Edition of the Publication - "Guide to Serbia's Accession to the EU", 23 Dec 2014
ISAC Alumni meet with Head of the CSFP Department of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 29 Nov 2014
Young Leaders Training - Presentation of Policy Recommendations, 25 Nov 2014
Dossier of analyses and policy papers on relations between Serbia and Albania, 27 Oct 2014
International Conference "Introduction to the Negotiations on Chapter 30 - External (Trade) Relations, 22 Oct 2014
A new article in the weekly periodical "Novi Magazin" based on ISAC's research on Serbian-Albanian Relations, 25.09.2014., 01 Oct 2014
The "Law of Armed Conflict - Training of Trainers" 2014 Course, 30 Sep 2014
New article on Serbia's reaction to the Ukraine crisis, 27 Jun 2014
Crimea and Russia's "new" attitude towards Kosovo, 23 Apr 2014
Internship opportunity - competition now closed, 10 Feb 2014
Young Leaders Training, 14 Jan 2014
Bulgarians in Serbia and Serbian - Bulgarian Relations in the Light of Serbia's European Integration, 13 Jan 2014
End of year activity report, 27 Dec 2013
From Four Pillars of Foreign Policy to European Integration: Is There a Will for Strategically Orienting Serbia's Foreign Policy? , 25 Dec 2013
Relations between Serbia and Bulgaria, position of Bulgarian minority in Serbia and process of European integration , 17 Dec 2013
Compendium of conventions on International Humanitarian Law, 21 Nov 2013
Neutrality and the Role of Serbia in the European "Security Community" - What Next, 19 Nov 2013
New Publication - "Guide to Serbia's Accession to the EU", 13 Nov 2013
The "Law of Armed Conflict - Training of Trainers" Course, 05 Nov 2013
ISAC and FOS Host Panel "Serbia at the Beginning of EU Accession", 04 Nov 2013
ISAC Alumni meet with Director for Security Policy of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 24 Oct 2013
New policy study "Serbia and Hungary - Political and Economic Perspectives", 03 Jun 2013
New policy study "From Four Pillars of Foreign Policy to European Integration: Is There a Will for Strategically Orienting Serbia's Foreign Policy" , 09 May 2013
Seminar on Neutrality for Students , 12 Mar 2013
Continuation of the Promotion of the Guide for Local and Regional Governments on Serbia's Path Towards the EU, 10 Dec 2012
New Policy Paper "Civil Society - an important asset in EU accession negotiations in Serbia and Montenegro", 29 Nov 2012
The seventh "Law of Armed Conflict - Training for Trainers" Course, 12 Oct 2012
ISAC fund announces the final results for the project "Find out what is NATO in Prague and Brussels", 25 Sep 2012
ISAC Fund announces the end of the competition "Find Out What is NATO in Prague and Brussels 2012", 16 Sep 2012
Find out what is NATO in Prague and Brussels 2012, 19 Aug 2012
Roundtable "Serbia Hungary Relations - A Way Forward", 14 Jun 2012
Promotion of the Guide for Local and Regional Governments on Serbia's Path Towards the EU, 25 May 2012
Neutrality in Europe in the 21st century and the Case of Serbia, 02 May 2012
New Analytical Paper: "Using Candidacy to Entice Further Reform", 02 Feb 2012
Policy paper "Turkey in the Western Balkans: The Means and Goals of the New Foreign Policy", 29 Dec 2011
ISAC Fund will present its latest policy paper "Serbia and Albania: Preparing for a New Start", 20 Dec 2011
"Serbian-Albania trade tripled since 2006: Why there is room - and need - for more?", 16 Nov 2011
Conference: Neutrality in the XXI century - Lessons for Serbia, 16 Nov 2011
ISAC fund announces the final results for the project "Find out what is NATO in Prague and Brussels", 01 Nov 2011
ISAC Fund announces end of competition "Find out What is NATO in Prague and Brussels", 21 Oct 2011
The seventh "Law of Armed Conflict" Course, 13 Oct 2011
Find out what is NATO in Prague and Brussels 2011, 05 Oct 2011
The Return of the participants of the project "Meet Europe in Poland 2011", 26 Sep 2011
Lecture Resume - Turkey and the Western Balkans - a view from Poland, by Adam Balcer, 19 Aug 2011
Vacancy Announcement for the Position of Project Assistant in ISAC Fund, 11 Aug 2011
Visit of Mr. Adam Balcer, leading Polish expert on South East Europe, to Serbia, 05 Jul 2011
Fostering Policy Dialogue: TRAIN Programme, 14 Jun 2011
"Serbia and Albania - Preparing for a New Start" - public debate on ISAC Fund's policy paper on EurActiv.rs, 13 Jun 2011
Meet Europe in Poland 2011 , 03 Jun 2011
"CEFTA 2006 - Just a phase in transition or a springboard for the EU membership?", 01 Jun 2011
Collection of Interviews Serbian-Albanian Relations - A View from Albania, 16 May 2011
"CEFTA 2006 - Challenges and Opportunities", 09 May 2011
Roundtable Conference: "The New Turkish Foreign Policy in the Western Balkans", 06 Apr 2011
ISAC Fund marks its 5th Anniversary, 31 Jan 2011
Internship at the ISAC Fund - Call for Applications, 24 Jan 2011
ISAC Fund to continue with its Internship program in 2011, 19 Jan 2011
NEW PUBLICATION - SERBIA'S ASSOCIATION WITH THE EU, 29 Dec 2010
Essay Compendium "Russia Serbia Relations at the Beginning of XXI Century", 25 Dec 2010
ISAC fund announces the beginning of a three day Seminar - "The Western Balkans - From a Security Consumer to a Security Provider" , 29 Nov 2010
ISAC Fund to participate at the Belgrade Security Week, October 22-28, 2010, 21 Oct 2010
"Seminar on NATO for Students" held in Babe from September 6-9, 2010, 22 Sep 2010
SERBIAN-ALBANIAN RELATIONS: STATE AND PERSPECTIVES, 18 Aug 2010
ISAC Fund announces the list of participants for the "Seminar on NATO for Students", 15 Aug 2010
NEWEST PUBLICATION OF THE ISAC FUND WHAT IS PARTNERSHIP FOR PEACE?, 25 Jul 2010
Seminar on NATO for Students , 15 Jul 2010
ISAC Fund announces the beginning of program "Find out What is NATO in Prague and Brussels 2010", 27 Jun 2010
The Return of the participants of the project "Meet Europe in Poland 2010", 05 Jun 2010
The Return of the participants of the project "Meet Europe in Finland 2010", 22 May 2010
Russian literature available in ISAC Fund, 25 Apr 2010
ISAC Fund announces the final results for the project "Meet Europe 2010", 15 Apr 2010
The Sixth "Law of Armed Conflict" Course, 14 Apr 2010
End of the Competition "Meet Europe 2010" , 29 Mar 2010
ISAC fund announces the beginning of a two day Seminar - "Common Security and Defence Policy of the EU: Facts and Challenges" , 16 Mar 2010
Meet Europe 2010 , 28 Feb 2010
Russian Vision of European Security and Serbia, 11 Dec 2009
Return from Brussels and Prague, 03 Dec 2009
NATO Public Diplomacy Photo Competition, 09 Nov 2009
ISAC Fund announces the final results for the project "Find Out What is NATO in Prague and Brussels", 09 Nov 2009
ISAC Fund announces end of competition "Find out What is NATO in Prague and Brussels", 20 Oct 2009
ISAC Fund, within the framework of the Monitoring Russia - Serbia Relations Project, announces:, 13 Oct 2009
Find Out What is NATO in Prague and Brussels, 29 Sep 2009
Press Conference On the occasion of one year of the implementation of the Project "Monitoring Russia Serbia Relations", 09 Sep 2009
ISAC fund announces the Seminar on the "INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND SECURITY FORCES", 01 Sep 2009
Gathering of the participants of the "Meet Europe in Denmark" project, 21 May 2009
The return of the participants of the project "Meet Europe in Finland", 18 May 2009
Project Monitoring Russia Serbia Relations Second Roundtable held on 21 April 2009 at Medija centar Belgrade., 06 May 2009
Meet Europe in Finland, 08 Apr 2009
Conclusion of the fifth International LOAC Course, 01 Apr 2009
The return of the second group from Denmark, 31 Mar 2009
"Law of Armed Conflict" Course, 11 Mar 2009
ISAC Fund publishes the first report under the scope of the Monitoring Russia-Serbia Relations project, 03 Feb 2009
THE GUIDE TO SERBIA'S ASSOCIATION WITH THE EU, 22 Jan 2009
Second Edition of the Guide to the Partnership for Peace, 21 Dec 2008
Monitoring Russia - Serbia relations project, 16 Dec 2008
The return of the first group from Denmark, 06 Dec 2008
Conclusion of the fourth International LOAC Course, 13 Oct 2008
ISAC Fund announces end of competition "Meet Europe in Denmark 2008-2009", 29 Sep 2008
"Law of Armed Conflict" Course, 11 Sep 2008
The Business Guide to the Stabilization and Association Agreement, 11 Sep 2008
ISAC Fund announces competition "Meet Europe in Denmark 2008-2009", 06 Sep 2008
ISAC Fund proudly announces the second updated edition of The Guide to the Stabilization and Association Agreement, 06 May 2008
ISAC Fund announces the end of the "Meet Europe in Denmark" project, 10 Apr 2008
ISAC Fund announces the final results for the competition "Meet Europe in Denmark", 25 Feb 2008
ISAC Fund announces the end of the first round of competition "Meet Europe in Denmark", 15 Feb 2008
ISAC Fund marks its second year, 01 Feb 2008
ISAC Fund announces competition "Meet Europe in Denmark", 19 Jan 2008
5,000 copies of The Guide to the Partnership for Peace donated to the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia, 27 Dec 2007
ISAC Fund proudly announces the 10th School of Security Sector Reform, marking the 5th Anniversary of this highly successful project., 08 Dec 2007
ISAC Fund proudly announces its newest publication - The Guide to the Partnership for Peace, 28 Nov 2007
ISAC Fund presents the Collected Lectures from the 9th School of Security Sector Reform, 09 Nov 2007
Srdjan Gligorijevic analyzes the NATO-EU relations, in Evroatlantska revija (the Euro-Atlantic Review) no.6:, 07 Nov 2007
ISAC Fund launches a new publication, the ISAC POLICY PERSPECTIVE, 14 Oct 2007
Analysis by Amadeo Watkins and Srdjan Gligorijevic NATO AND THE BALKANS published in the summer issue of the NATO Review, 05 Aug 2007
3-DAY INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON "The Contributing Role of the Civil Society in the European Integration Process of Serbia" , 02 Jun 2007
Denmark to Support the 9th School of Security Sector Reform in Serbia , 23 Mar 2007
ISAC Fund Announces Two Fellowships for the Upcoming 9th School of Security Sector Reform in Serbia, 23-27 April 2007, 23 Mar 2007
ISAC Fund launches The Guides Edition, 21 Feb 2007
ISAC Fund marks its first year, 31 Jan 2007
ISAC Fund presents its first Compendium, 31 Jan 2007
ISAC Fund receives IT support from the Korean Embassy, 21 Nov 2006
ESDP Seminar held in Dubrovnik, 02 Nov 2006
8th School of Security Sector Reform, 20 Oct 2006
PANEL DISCUSSION: Does Serbia Have an European Future?, 13 Oct 2006
Canada to Support the 8th School of Security Sector Reform in Serbia, 15 Aug 2006
ISAC Fund Announces Two Fellowships for the Upcoming 8th School of Security Sector Reform in Serbia, 15 Aug 2006
PANEL DISCUSSION: Referendum on Independence - The Day After, 27 Jun 2006
ISAC Fund organises the 7th School of Security Sector Reform, 11 May 2006
New Partnership: The ISAC Fund and Czech Republic's Jagello 2000 Establish Cooperation, 09 May 2006
ISAC presents its first publication - the translation of the European Security Strategy, 26 Mar 2006
ISAC hosts the First Regional Seminar on ESDP, 26 Mar 2006
ISAC Fund - founded in January 2006, 26 Mar 2006