Security transition in the Western Balkans – from the conflict zone to the security community

The aim of this three-year research project is to examine the process of transformation of the Western Balkans region from conflict formation to a security community, with a particular focus on co-operation between the region’s police services. The research was mostly based on interviews with employees of the Police Directorate. Particular efforts were made to identify positive factors influencing the transformation, as well as potential obstacles that slow down this process. The final result of the project will be an analysis in the form of a scientific paper, which will be published in an international scientific journal. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and implemented by the Consortium of Independent Research Centers of the Western Balkans, consisting of: Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) in Podgorica, Belgrade Center for Security Policy (BCSP), Center for Security Studies (CSS) from Sarajevo, the Institute for International Relations (IMO) in Zagreb, the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) in Tirana, the Kosovo Center for Security Studies (KCSS) in Pristina and Analytica in Skopje. The project is led by the Norwegian Institute of International Relations (NUPI) in Oslo.

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