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Policy Papers (20)

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.
This brief examines policy issues associated with Emerging Security Challenges and offers considerations for response.Innovation cannot be controlled but risk can be managed and mitigated. Throughout the 20th and emerging 21st century, governments have systematically underestimated the disruption possible from technology and scientific advances.
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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