Policy Papers

Policy Papers

Please find below a listing with synopses of the Partnership for Peace Consortium's various policy recommendation papers, which were produced through the activities of our various Working and Study Groups. The policy recommendation papers cover topics of interest in international security.

Foreign Terrorist Fighter Networks: Threats, Challenges, and Responses Tabletop Exercise, May 30-31, 2017 - Final Report

This policy paper contains recommendations based on input from sixty participants from international governments, civil society, the private sector, and multilateral bodies, who successfully tested a synergistic, whole-of-society, multi-stakeholder table top exercise (TTX) module to address and respond to foreign terrorist fighter threats and challenges. The TTX developed robust analytical and practical insights into efforts that address the full spectrum of international security threats related to violent extremism and the increase in returning FTFs.

Montenegro’s Upcoming NATO Membership – Internal, Regional and International Implications

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
terrorism.
• 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.

Building an Energy Security Management Institution for the South Caucasus

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.

South East Europe’s Consolidation in Light of the EU Crisis, Refugee Influx and Religious Extremism

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.

Foreign Terrorist Fighters and Irregular Migration Routes: Prevention and Resilience

This paper provides Counter Violent Extrmism (CVE), Foreign Terrorist Fighter (FTF), and migration challenges policy recommendations based on a tabletop exercise involving national and local governments, civil society, the private sector, and multilateral bodies.

Policy Recommendations from Foreign Terrorist Fighters Challenges and Responses Tabletop Exercise 2016

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.

Final Report: Countering Violent Extremism in Bosnia-Herzegovina

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.

Policy Recommendations: Role of Media in Shaping Compromise in the South Caucasus

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.

Policy Recommendations from Foreign Terrorist Fighters Challenges and Responses Tabletop Exercise

This paper contains policy recommendations that were developed as a follow-up to the July 2015 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.

Violent Extremism in the Western Balkans - Policy Recommendations

This policy paper was produced following the the Regional Stability in South East Europe (RSSEE) Workshop on “Countering Violent Extremism in the Western Balkans,” held from 27 to 29 September 2015. The workshop, organized in cooperation with Austria’s National Defense Academy and the Belgrade Center for Security Policy, analyzed violent extremism in the region in order to produce policy recommendations on how to address violent extremism via a regional, transnational and comprehensive approach.

Hybrid Conflicts as Emerging Security Challenge: Policy Considerations for International Security

Hybrid conflicts are complex phenomena that do not readily fit into today’s security policy frameworks. Further aggravating matters is (1) the absence of an accepted legal definition and (2) the use of conventional and nonconventional tools by combatants to achieve their ends often coupled with a blatant disregard for international law. Such practices impede the ability of policymakers to pre-empt and resolve hybrid conflicts within traditional policy frameworks.

Despite difficulties, policymakers can recognize certain characteristics of hybrid conflict, such as the coordinated use of conventional and non-conventional means in conjunction with the use of media and other force-multiplier technologies to reduce the power of state response. When facing hybrid conflicts policymakers would be well served to (1) consider means to enhance human and cultural intelligence, (2) improve early warning and enhance understanding of technological developments and the increased role of social media, and (3) adopt a more comprehensive approach to better enable institutions to respond to hybrid warfare.

Towards Europe?! Straddling Fault Lines and Choosing Sides in the South Caucasus

The on-going crisis in Ukraine simultaneously distracts and colors perceptions about recent events in the South Caucasus. The international community devotes as much attention on the Ukraine crisis as it has failed to devote on the conflicts in the South Caucasus. While the Ukraine crisis reminds experts of how regional tensions led to full-blown war twenty years ago, Western leaders seem to be oblivious of the fact that yet another frozen conflict is being concocted at Russia’s periphery, between the European Union and the Eurasian landmass. This also means that the West is no closer to a clearer understanding of the tensions in the South Caucasus, as the sources of those tensions recede ever further into the past, making resolution more difficult.
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