The PfPC's Regional Security in the South Caucasus Study Group actively seeks to foster stability in the region, as well as international security, through facilitating conflict resolution dialogue among diverse parties. The activities of the group serve to advise broader conflict resolution activities, such as the Geneva Talks. The group pursues its goals by focusing on the following areas:
Executive Summary of Recommendations:
• Political parties from Montenegro: calm down the NATO accession issue after the elections – be politically as transparent as possible and stick to
the democratic rules in line with the Montenegrin Constitution.
• Governments from South East Europe: enable more cooperation between the regional intelligence services in the fight against organized crime and
• EU and NATO: use the dynamics in the NATO enlargement process to initiate a security dialogue between Belgrade and Priština/Prishtina.
• Belgrade and Priština/Prishtina: see such a security dialogue as a chance to substantially improve the security environment.
• NATO: use tools from the PfP to enhance the cooperation with Kosovo, even before its membership in the PfP.
• NATO: enhance the cooperation with Serbia in the scope of PfP.
• NATO: take a pro-active stance to overcome Macedonia’s hurdles to become a member country.
This policy paper presents an inclusive, region-wide plan for creating a South Caucasus Energy Security Management agency. Based on inputs from several multinational organizations, the proposed agency could play a role in the larger diplomatic process underway in the region.
This paper contains policy recommendations that were developed as a follow-up to the June 2016 Migration Crisis: Foreign Terrorist Fighters Challenges & Responses Tabletop Exercise that was conducted by the PfPC's Combating Terrorism Working Group at the George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch-Parkenkirchen, Germany.
These policy recommendations propose leveraging the South Caucasus media to reshape public opinion and to prepare for constructive change in relations among groups locked in frozen conflict in the South Caucasus.
Durres, Albania (September 16, 2016) – To address the challenge of Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF), 85 practitioners and researchers from over 30 countries gathered in Durres, Albania for the "Foreign Terrorist Fighters and Irregular Migration Routes: Prevention and Resilience" tabletop exercise (TTX) from 13-15 September. The TTX incorporated scenarios from emerging security challenges to engage participants and develop actionable recommendations regarding FTF recruitment, travel, and return.
Varna, Bulgaria (July 6, 2016) -
From 28 June to 1 July, a 58 person strong team of defense education leaders from 19 countries and 41 institutions convened at the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy of Bulgaria for the fifth annual NATO Functional Clearing House, and concurrent meeting of the Education Development Working Group (EDWG).
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (June 10, 2016) – Experts from a broad spectrum of society came together at the George C. Marshall Center from 1-3 June to discuss security challenges related to the European migration crisis, including facilitating travel by foreign terrorist fighters to Europe and North America. They shared perspectives and challenged conventional practices to produce a draft set of policy recommendations on how to best respond to the current international security environment.
Kiev, Ukraine (Mar 30, 2015) – The Regional Stability in the South Caucasus (RSSC) Working Group convened an international panel of experts from 26-28 March in Kiev. The meeting was organized under the framework of the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) in collaboration with the Austrian Defense Academy and was the 11th in a series of workshops aimed at promoting regional stability in the South Caucasus.