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This policy paper is based on a Regional Stability in Southeast Europe Study Group workshop that took place in Reichenau, Austria from 19 to 21 May 2016 and provides recommendations regarding migration and religious extremism in the region.

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This report contains policy recommendatoins for preventing, intervening in and mitigating radicalization that leads to violent extremism.  The report is based on a countering violent extremism table top exercise held 1-3 March 2016 in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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On 1 July 2013, Croatia officially became a full-fledged member of the European Union, thus fulfilling both foreign policy goals (EU and NATO membership) and making a huge step ahead in the process of its long-term consolidation. On the other hand, the other countries of the region are currently in different stages of their reforms/accession processes and it is very difficult to predict the pace of the developments in the period to come. The issue of long term consolidation of Bosnia and Herzegovina is far from being resolved. Moreover, the name issue is still a heavy burden of Macedonia’s EU and NATO accession processes. Finally, the Belgrade-Prishtina dialogue and related developments such as the beginning of accession talks with Serbia and negotiation on the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Kosovo represent a significant step ahead. However, the full implementation of the agreements that derive from the dialogue has yet to take place and it’s still difficult to anticipate the final resolution of the problem.
Currently braving its most serious financial crisis to date, the EU’s integration projects face grave challenges. Under the current difficult economic conditions, the question needs to be asked whether the EU will be able to maintain its active role in the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) or become victim of a possible European trend towards renationalisation. In this regard, the EU’s stabilizing factor in regional peace processes – in particular in the Western Balkans – could be seriously affected by the financial, economic and social troubles inside the EU.
PfPC's Regional Stability in South East Europe Study Group (RSSEE SG) publishes policy recommendations, reflecting the group's discussions during the 29th RSSEE workshop on „Bosnia and Herzegovina and Beyond: The Role of Civil Society in Supporting Democratization and Euro-Atlantic Integration in South East Europe” convened by the PfPC...
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The Regional Security in Southeast Europe (RSSEE) Study Group gathered in Reichenau, Austria, 22-24 May 2014 for its 28th workshop with the topic: "Political Parties in South East Europe: Supporting Intra-State, Regional and European Consolidation?" The Commandant of the Austrian National Defence Academy, Lieutenant General Erich Csitkovits, welcomed the participants in Reichenau on 23...
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This policy paper examines the dynamics Civil Society Organizations (CSO) in South East Europe and provides recommendations on how to harmonize CSOs within the context of regional politics as well as the spectrum of regional players. South East Europe has a huge variety of CSOs: thousands of associations of citizens exist in the region, the majority without following explicit aims in the field of democratization or human rights. Generally, CSOs which are advocating a more democratic society, respect of human rights and individual freedom are generally more trusted by the citizens than the existing political parties. However, these CSOs are confronted with various barriers: these may be difficulties within their own organization structure, pressure from political authorities in their home countries as well as unfavourable arrangements with the international donors. Interest in cooperating with regional CSOs has decreased with international donors over the past years, which is partly due to a shift of interest to other regions and partly due to their discontent with the outcome of projects.
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This policy paper examines the status of Macedonia's EU and NATO aspirations. Considered by many as the only success story of peaceful transformation in the Western Balkans in the early 2000s, Macedonia managed to emerge from the shades of the 2001 armed conflict and acquire EU candidate status in just four years. The first among the countries from the Western Balkans to sign a Stabilisation and Association Agreement in 2001, Macedonia today, however, is considerably lagging behind on its EU/NATO accession path.
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This policy paper explores the effect of Croatia's EU membership on Southeast Europe, and view's the role of Croatia as a bridge between the EU and countries of the region aspiring towards EU membership.
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