The PfPC's Regional Stability 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:
In general, intra-regional relations in South East Europe, in particular in the Western Balkans (WB), have partially remained fragile and tense. Several bilateral relations are still burdened by serious political issues and mutual distrust. Ongoing nationalistic crashes regarding, for instance, questions of border demarcation, traffic routes on land and sea, cross-border ethnic separatism and the recent past risk of compounding existing fissures that, in the end, could affect Europe as a whole.
The 17th RSSC SG workshop, convened for the first time ever in Minsk, Belarus, aimed to look at ways of peacefully transforming the Euro-Atlantic security order. This policy paper is a synopsis of the discussions that took place 18-21 April 2018 in Minsk and the policy recommendations that were extracted from the break-out groups.
Study Group Regional Stability in South East Europe (SG RSSEE)
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.
More than 100 senior counterterrorism professionals from government, military, law enforcement, intelligence, international organizations, civil society, academia, and the private sector met to address Foreign Terrorist Fighter (FTF) phenomena in the Western Balkans. The Republic of Macedonia in cooperation with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the United States Embassy in Macedonia hosted the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) Combating Terrorism Working Group (CTWG) event. Conference participants included Macedonia’s new National CT/CVE Committee including the national CT/CVE coordinator, as well as the CVE national coordinators from Albania and Kosovo, providing the foundation for increased regional collaboration on difficult challenges, including FTF and prisoner rehabilitation and reintegration issues. Keynote speeches were delivered by senior Macedonia government officials, as well as from senior members of diplomatic and counterterrorism (CT), including countering violent extremism (CVE), bodies. The keynote speakers H.E. Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia, H.E. Jess Baily, U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia, H.E. Nina Suomalainen, Head of the OSCE Mission to Skopje, Mr. Borche Petrevski, National CT/CVE Coordinator, Republic of Macedonia, and Mr. Richard Prosen, U.S. Department of State and CTWG Co-Chair addressed relevant CT/CVE issues within the context of evolving FTF threats and challenges. The conference showcased a multi-stakeholder tabletop exercise (TTX). The TTX engaged participants in an interactive scenario on emerging security challenges to a fictitious country, which facilitated discussions to cultivate Macedonian and regional policy and programmatic recommendations related to FTF travel, relocation, and return.
Istanbul, Turkey, November 19, 2018 - During his speech at the Conference of "Reform of security institutions in the Caucasus and Black Sea region: Five year perspectives from now", the Executive Director of the Partnership for Peace Consortium Dr. Raphael Perl stressed the importance of reform programs being demand driven and that identifying best practices was not enough.
Kiev, Ukraine, November 19, 2018 - The PfPC ADL WG conducted its autumn workshop in Kiev, Ukraine from 12-15 November 2018. The conference was opened by Major General Serhii Salkutsan, Deputy Commandant for Academic Affairs of the National Defence University of Ukraine named after Ivan Cherniakhovskyi.
Reichenau, Austria, November 09, 2018 – the 18th Workshop of the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) Study Group “Regional Stability in the South Caucasus” was held from November 8 to November 11, 2018 in Reichenau, Austria.
Vienna, Austria, October 26, 2018 - Major General Hermann Kaponig, Commander of the Austrian Armed Forces Communication and Information Systems & Cyber Defence Command, and PfPC Director Raphael Perl at Austrian National Day 2018. Discussions included the PfPC cyber security curriculum and the benefits Austria as a neutral nation brings to the cyber field.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, October 29, 2018 - Connections, the quarterly journal of the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes, is pleased to have been selected for inclusion in Scopus, a premier database for rating academic journals.