RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation is an international, independent, non-profit, regionally owned, academic organization, with the mission to foster dialogue and cooperation on security matters in South Eastern Europe through a partnership between the countries of the region and their international partners.
 

Inaugural address by Director

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is a pleasure and privilege for me to assume the position of Director of RACVIAC.

I would again like to thank the member countries for the confidence shown in my country and myself.

Complete Inaugural Address, PDF

Activity Overviews

4th RACVIAC/KAS Annual Conference on Security Challenges for Europe

Overview, PDF

Activity Agendas

4th RACVIAC/KAS Annual Conference on Security Challenges for Europe

Agenda, PDF

Activity Reports

Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) Seminar

Report, PDF

International Approach to Energy Security

Report, PDF

Vienna Document 2011 – “Efforts to Revitalize Confidence and Security Building” Compliance and Verification Course

Report, PDF


Newsletter

Newsletter 45/2016Every few months RACVIAC releases its Newsletter, which includes a detailed overview of our activities during the past period, at our Centre as well as abroad. ›› More





Publications

RACVIAC Compendium 2015RACVIAC Compendium 2015 ›› Download







RACVIAC Catalogue 2016RACVIAC Catalogue 2016 ›› Download







Racviac FlyerRACVIAC SSR Pillar Research Project “Defence Conversion Modalities in South-East Europe (SEE) – Specific Regional Model” ›› Download







Racviac FactsheetThe latest, newly updated version of RACVIAC Factsheet, published in November 2015. ›› Download

Latest News

08 November 2016

Tender for Finance Audit Service for the financial year 2016

Audit companies are invited to submit their offers for the provision of the external financial audit service for RACVIAC - Centre for Security Cooperation.

The audit service includes the audit of the annual financial statements as of 31st December 2016 and should be completed in accordance with the International Standards on Audit (ISA).

The audit service provider should be able to perform the audit until 24th March 2017 and provide the audit opinion in English until 29th March 2017.

The offers should be submitted not later than 12th December 2016 at 12:00, to the following e-mail address: dcunko@racviac.org

Should you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on +385 1 3330 842 (Ms Danijela Čunko, Admin&Finance).

30 November 2016

4th Seminar on P(M)SC: Regulating the Private Security Sector Held at RACVIAC

On Tuesday November29th, 2016, a seminar on Private (Military) Security Companies (P(M)SC)s: Regulating the Private Security Industry for the Public Good opened at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation. The seminar was conducted in cooperation with DCAF Geneva, the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy and academic associates from the universities of Zagreb, Belgrade and Sarajevo.

In his opening address RACVIAC Director, Ambassador Haydar Berk said that this is the fourth Seminar in a series of similar events, which has become a mid-term project for our Centre and the Security Sector Reform Pillar in particular, analysing the changes in Civil-Military Relations (CMR) and the effects of privatization in this field.

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23 November 2016

RACVIAC Deputy Director Attends Panel Discussion on Women, Peace and Security

On November 22nd, 2016, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Croatia to the OSCE, UN and International Organizations in Vienna organized a panel discussion on the issue “Women, Peace and Security”. Ambassador Dubravka Plejić Marković invited NATO Secretary General Special Representative for WPS, Ambassador Marriët Schuurman and RACVIAC-Centre for Security Cooperation Deputy Director, BG Gordana Garašić as panellists. Discussion was held in the NATO Caucus format in order to exchange views and best practices in the area of integration of gender perspective in the security sector.

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23 November 2016

Conference on Foreign Terrorist Fighters Begins at RACVIAC

On Wednesday November 23rd, 2016, a conference titled Foreign Terrorist Fighters – Challenges for South Eastern Europe: An Integrative and Complementary Approach to Counter – Terrorism and Violent Extremism began at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation. The event is being organized in Cooperation with the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and with the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is a follow up event to the Conference on Foreign Terrorist Fighters held in October 2015 in Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In his opening address, RACVIAC Director Ambassador Haydar Berk said that we first began to hear the news about so-called “Foreign Fighters” in 2012, indicating those who have left their countries to fight in Syria or Iraq. The adoption of Security Council Resolution 2178 (2014), at a high-level meeting of the Security Council in September 2014 brought the issue of Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs) to the forefront of the international agenda.

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16 November 2016

French Ambassadors to Croatia Visit RACVIAC-Centre for Security Cooperation

On Wednesday November 16th, 2016, the French Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia H.E. Corinne Meunier and H.E. Philippe Meunier visited the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation. The Ambassadors met with RACVIAC Director, Ambassador Haydar Berk and Deputy Director Brigadier General Gordana Garašić.

Following a short briefing on the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation, Ambassador Berk informed the guests about the current state of affairs at RACVIAC. Topics of discussion included programme development and implementation as well as the main projects being conducted at RACVIAC.

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15 November 2016

Seminar on Implementation of Convention on Cluster Munitions Begins at RACVIAC

A seminar on the implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions began at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Tuesday November 15th, 2016. The event is being organized in cooperation with the Government Office for Mine Action of the republic of Croatia.

The Convention on Cluster Munitions was opened for signature in Oslo, Kingdom of Norway, on 2 December 2008. By February 2010, 30 ratification procedures that were required were completed and the Convention entered into force on 1 August 2010, thereby becoming an international legally binding document.

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08 November 2016

Arms Control Symposium Begins at RACVIAC

An Arms Control Symposium began at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Tuesday November 8th, 2016. The event is being organized with the support of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The purpose of the event is to build on the experience of last year’s Symposium and to present the latest developments in Arms Control, with the aim to open up new perspectives on confidence-building measures for peace and stability in Europe. The idea is to bring together all relevant players coming from the 'Arms control family’ and give them the opportunity to discuss and share ideas on the future of arms control in Europe and the region.

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03 November 2016

Seminar on Security Sector Reform and International Organizations Begins at RACVIAC

A seminar under RACVIAC's Basics of Security Sector Reform (SSR) series titled SSR and International Organizations began at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Thursday November 3rd, 2016. The event is being organized in cooperation with the Austrian Ministry of Defence and Sports, the OSCE, the UNDP and the George C. Marshall Centre.

The reform of the security sector has become one of the major topics of international concern regarding crisis management and post-conflict recovery during the last decade. The focus on traditional security actors has been complemented by a more comprehensive view on human security bringing physical, social and economic security and safety of individuals to the centre of attention.

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26 October 2016

Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Visits RACVIAC

H.E. Park Won-sup, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Croatia visited the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Tuesday October 25th, 2016. This visit was the Ambassador's first to RACVIAC and provided him with an opportunity to gain information on the functioning of the Centre and the work it does.

The meeting began with a RACVIAC briefing in which Ambassador Won-sup was provided with information regarding the Centre, its mission and activities, manner of financing and main areas of interest within the RACVIAC Pillars, which are reflected in the projects being implemented through the 2017 Programme.

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25 October 2016

Delegation from Austrian Institute of Technology and Zagreb University visit RACVIAC

On Monday October 24th, 2016, the RACVIAC – Centre for Security cooperation was visited by Dr. Ivan Gojmerac from the Austrian Institute of Technology, Dr Elisabeth Pergler and Dr Helmut Aschbacher from the FH Campus 02 of the University of Applied Sciences in Graz Austria, Mr Josef Binder of the Binder company and Dr. Maja Matijašević from the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing.

The delegation was provided with a briefing on the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation in which they were informed on the functioning of the Centre as well as its Programme development. Dr Gojmerac provided the RACVIAC staff with a presentation on the Austrian Institute of Technology and research and development they conduct aimed at contributing to the advancement of industry and security.

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19 October 2016

RACVIAC Director Attends SEDM Meeting in Rome

South-Eastern Europe Defense Ministerial (SEDM) meeting in Rome (Photo source: http://www.mia.mk/)The South-Eastern Europe Defence Ministerial meeting was held in Rome on 18 October 2016. RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation Director, Ambassador Haydar Berk, attended the meeting under RACVIAC’s Observer status with the SEDM process. The Ministers took up the developments in the SEDM process and reviewed the current challenges in the region. The Ministers, in their Joint Statement, welcomed the efforts of the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation as an important international organization in the SEE Region dealing with security issues, playing a leading role in the areas of confidence and security building measures, security cooperation and counter terrorism efforts. They stated to further promote and support the activities organized by RACVIAC with the aim to enhance the security dialogue in the SEE region.

19 October 2016

Cyber Security Advanced Training Course Held at RACVIAC

The Cyber Security project at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation continued with a new event that opened on Monday October 17th, 2016, titled Building a Cyber Resilient Society in South Eastern Europe – Advanced Training Course. The course is the result of a workshop held in April 2016, where, in cooperation with the General Mihajlo Apostolki Military Academy, Skoplje, experts from the South East European region gathered to develop an advanced training course programme that was tailored to the needs of the individual countries.

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14 October 2016

36th MAG Meeting Held at RACVIAC

On Thursday October 13th, 2016 the 36th meeting of the Multinational Advisory Group (MAG), RACVIAC's steering committee, was held at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation under the chairmanship of Brigadier General Nazmi Cahani, Land Force Commander of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Albania.

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03 October 2016

Field Study Trip: Floods Prevention and Protection Systems in Lower Austria

From September 26th to 28th 2016, the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation, in cooperation with Austrian Authorities, organized a Field Study Trip on Flood Prevention and Protection Systems in Lower Austria. In 2014 and 2015, RACVIAC in cooperation with its bilateral partners and international organizations organized events on flood related topics in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia. The conclusions from both events emphasized the necessity for closer and more effective regional collaboration in controlling and protecting against floods in the light of the EU Floods Directive. Therefore, it is of key importance to protect against the vulnerability of river flow infrastructure by joint preventive measures and flood readiness.

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21 September 2016

U.S. Ambassador to Croatia, H.E. Julieta Valls Noyes Attends Closing of C-WMD Event at RACVIAC

U.S. Ambassador to Croatia, H.E. Julieta Valls NoyesOn Wednesday September 21st, 2016, the U.S Ambassador to Croatia, H.E. Julieta Valls Noyes visited the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation to attend the closing of the C-WMD Network which began on September 19th, 2016. The event was planned and executed with the support of the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM), U.S. Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), and the Republic of Croatia Ministry of Defence.

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19 September 2016

3rd C-WMD Network Event of 2016 begins at RACVIAC

Based on the agreed Roadmap for the development of national strategies to counter the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, building upon previous meetings and in light of new challenges concerning border security, the C-WMD Network in RACVIAC organized the fifth meeting of the national working / drafting groups which began on September 19th, 2016.

RACVIAC welcomes the continuous support from U.S. European Command (USEUCOM), U.S. Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), and the Republic of Croatia in the planning and execution of this activity.

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15 September 2016

Delegation from OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina Visit RACVIAC

On Thursday September 15th, 2016, Mr. Paul Martin the acting Head of the Security Co-operation Unit at the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina visited the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation in the company of project officer Mr. Samir Bašić.

The guests were greeted by RACVIAC Deputy Director, Brigadier General Gordana Garašić, and members of the RACVIAC staff. Following a brief introduction Mr. Martin was given a briefing on the RACVIAC – Centre for Security cooperation which was followed by a presentation of work being conducted by RACVIAC's three pillars.

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13 September 2016

RACVIAC Management Meets with Chief of General Staff of Croatian Armed Forces

On Tuesday September 13th, 2016, Director of RACVIAC- Centre for Security Cooperation, Ambassador Haydar Berk together with BG Gordana Garašić, Deputy Director of RACVIAC visited General Mirko Šundov, Chief of the General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces. RA Robert Hranj, Director of the General Staff of the CAF and Col Branko Tubić, Deputy Head J5, General Staff of the CAF also attended the meeting.

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12 September 2016

Workshop on Nuclear Security Detection Architecture Begins at RACVIAC

A workshop titled Nuclear Security Detection Architecture began at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Monday September 12th, 2016. The event is being organized in cooperation with the The United States Department of Homeland Security, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, the United States European Command and the Republic of Croatia.

Countering weapons of mass destruction encompasses a wide variety of issues amongst which lies the unavoidable question of nuclear security. The C-WMD Network is launching a series of five workshops promoting nuclear security detection architecture principles and concepts to raise awareness and provide partner nations with the knowledge and tools to develop, implement, and sustain indigenous national-level detection capabilities.

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Forthcoming Event

06-08 December, 2016

“The 4th RACVIAC/KAS Annual Conference on Security Challenges for Europe

Interview

Interview with Ms Nika Jabbarova, MSc, author of “Report on The Way Forward Towards Better Implementation of the OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security”

Before becoming an independent expert, you worked at the OSCE headquarters in Vienna. Can you please elaborate on your work and professional experience up to date?

At the OSCE headquarters in Vienna, I worked for the Forum for Security Co-operation Section (FSC) and the Conflict Prevention Centre (CPC) where a few of my duties included conducting an extensive statistical analysis on the OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security, and producing the annual OSCE report on the Assessment and Implementation Procedures of the Vienna Document 2011, among others.

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Interview with Mr Mark Albon, Director of OPCW International Cooperation and Assistance Division

Interview with mr Eric May, independent Media Consultant, on the occasion of Strategic Communication Conference held in Skopje

Interview with Brigadier General Jürgen Beyer, Director of the Bundeswehr Verification Centre

Interview with Mr Fabian Grass, Forum for Security Co-operation Support Officer, OSCE, conducted on the occasion of the OSCE Code of Conduct Seminar

Interview with Mr Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, conducted on the occasion of the Democratic Control of Armed Forces Seminar

Interview with Ms Marina Pendes, Deputy Minister for Policy and Planning, Ministry of Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina, conducted on the occasion of the Round Table “SSR and Gender: Implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820”

Interview with dr. Zdenka Cebasek-Travnik,Human Rights Ombudsman of the Republic of Slovenia

Interview with Colonel Joerg Kunze, Bundeswehr Arms Control Verification Centre, on the occasion of the Vienna Document 2011 - Verification and Compliance Course.

Interview with Brigadier General Massimo Panizzi, Public Affairs and StratCom Advisor to the NATO Military Committee Chairman and International Military Staff

Interview with MajGen Torres, the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for Article IV of Annex 1B of the Dayton Peace Accords

Interview with Mr Zoran Šajinović, Assistant Minister for International Cooperation, Ministry of Defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Interview with Ms Beverly Mercer, Ambassador of Australia to the Republic of Croatia on the occasion of the workshop on Cluster Munitions.


Programme 2015

RACVIAC’s annual programme of activities includes over 30 activities: seminars, training courses, workshops, conferences, meetings and a number of other extracurricular activities.

In addition to this, RACVIAC also supports activities of other institutions and organisations. By the end of 2012 RACVIAC has hosted more then 9500 participants on 302 various activities. ›› More