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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.


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Bulgarian Organized Crime Threat Assessment
Тhe Center for the Study of Democracy organised a round table to discuss the findings of the Bulgarian Organized Crime Threat Assessment (BOCTA) report prepared with the financial support of the European Union Internal Security Fund. more »
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 »


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Whose responsibility? Reflections on accountability of private security in Southeast Europe
Private security companies (PSCs) play an increasingly important role in the security sector of most countries in Europe and elsewhere. As providers of security services, PSCs and their activities have a direct impact on security, human rights and a country’s democratic order. It is therefore in the interest of the public that PSCs are effectively regulated and accountable for alleged wrongdoings. more »
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 »

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