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.

Regional Stability in South East Europe Study Group (RSSEE SG) Recommendations for Croatia‘s Upcoming EU Presidency

Vienna, Austria, January 26, 2020 - The Policy Recommendations to the most recent workshop of the PfP Consortium Study Group "Regional Stability in South East Europe" (RSSEE) which was convened in Split/Croatia from 26 to 29 September 2019 under the title "Croatia’s Upcoming EU Presidency – A Catalyst for South East Europe?" are now published.

Regional Stability in South East Europe Study Group (RSSEE SG) recommends to support Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia efforts to find a political compromise with Greece.

Vienna, Austria, January 10, 2019
This recommendation designed to facilitate NATO membership and the opening of EU membership negotiations is included in the policy recommendations resulting from a September 2018 RSSEE SG Workshop; ”Greece and Its Western Balkan Neighbours – Common Challenges in a Changing Europe”.

Regional Stability in the South Caucasus Study Group (RSSC SG) recommends the establishment of an “OSCE Minsk Group Plus (+)”.

Vienna, Austria, January 11, 2019
The Minsk Group Plus (+) recommendation is included in a list resulting from a November 2018 RSSC SG workshop; ”South Caucasus: Leveraging Political Change in a Context of Strategic Volatility”.

Overcoming Blockades and Improving Intra-State/ Neighbourhood Relations in South East Europe

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.

What a ‘New European Security Deal’ Could Mean for the South Caucasus

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.

The role and prospects of Defense Institution Building in the South Caucasus

This policy paper, produced by the Regional Security in South Caucasus Working Group, explores the relationship between Defence Institution Building (DIB) and regional stability in the South Caucasus as well as in Ukraine.

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
• 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.

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