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.
 

Introductory address by Director

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

It is my pleasure to welcome you at the web pages of RACVIAC - Centre for Security Cooperation.

RACVIAC was established in 2000 as the Regional Arms Control Verification and Implementation Assistance Centre with an aim to provide arms control training, promote confidence and security building measures and broaden cooperation in South Eastern Europe (SEE).

Complete Introductory address, PDF

Activity Overviews

Effective practices of the implementation of UNSCR 1540

Overview, PDF

New Security Challenges for South-Eastern Europe

Overview, PDF

Activity Agendas

Proliferation Pathways

Agenda, PDF

New Security Challenges for South-Eastern Europe

Agenda, PDF

Activity Reports

Effective practices of the implementation of UNSCR 1540

Report, PDF

Agreement on Sub-Regional Arms Control (Dayton Article IV) - Orientation Course

Report, PDF

Parliamentary Oversight: Annual Meeting of Regional Parliamentary Defence and Security Committees

Report, PDF


Newsletter

Newsletter 40/2014Every 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 FlyerRACVIAC SSR Pillar Research Project “Defence Conversion Modalities in South-East Europe (SEE) – Specific Regional Model” ›› Download






Racviac FlyerThe latest, newly updated version of RACVIAC Flyer, published in March 2013. ›› Download







Racviac FactsheetThe latest, newly updated version of RACVIAC Factsheet, published in March 2013. ›› Download

Latest News

16 DECEMBER 2014

Workshop begins on “Regional Cooperation for a Better Response to the Trafficking of Human Beings in SEE”

A workshop on “Regional Cooperation for a Better Response to the Trafficking in Human Beings in SEE” started on December 16th in Ohrid, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*. This event is organized with close cooperation by RACVIAC Centre for Security Cooperation and MARRI the Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative and with support of the Ministry of Interior of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*.

Trafficking in persons increasingly constitutes a problem in the countries of South East Europe. Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking where thousands of persons, mostly women and children, fall into the hands of traffickers. Some reports concerning South East Europe (SEE) show new trends, a decrease in the number of foreign victims and an increase in domestic trafficking. The institutional frameworks to prevent and fight this type of crime exist and national action plans to fight trafficking in persons and irregular migration were adopted in all countries of the SEE region.

* Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.

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15 DECEMBER 2014

U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission visits RACVIAC

On Monday December 15th, 2014, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Ms Margaret Nardi visited the RACVIAC – Centre for security Cooperation in the company of LTC Ryan Fayrweather, the Chief of the Office for Defence Cooperation.

The guests were greeted by RACVIAC Director, Ambassador Branimir Mandić, Deputy Director Brigadier General Zdravko Jakop and RACVIAC staff.

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12 DECEMBER 2014

RACVIAC Delegation attends UNODC Programme Steering Committee meeting in Vienna, Austria

On invitation by the UNODC, RACVIAC Deputy Director Brig Gen Zdravko Jakop and Planning & Liaison Officer for Western Europe & International Organizations, Col Franz Gaugl attended the 6th meeting of the Programme Steering Committee at the Vienna International Centre on Decmber 9th, 2014.

The organizers appreciated the presence of RACVIAC and dignified inter alia the close cooperation with and the importance of RACVIAC for the SEE region several times. UNODC has started developing a Strategy 2016 – 2019, in which RACVIAC is still expected to remain one of the partners.

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11 DECEMBER 2014

Conference on New Security Challenges in South East Europe Begins at RACVIAC

A conference organized by the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation, in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Office in Croatia, and the Alumni Association of the George C. Marshall Center, Croatia began on Thursday December 11th, 2014 at RACVIAC.

The conference, titled New Security Challenges in South East Europe, is a continuation of a joint Conference on the “European Union External Border Regime” held last year as RACVIAC’s first activity to be developed in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Office in Croatia, and the Alumni Association of the George C. Marshall Center, Croatia.

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27 NOVEMBER 2014

RACVIAC Delegation visits MK Ministry of Defence

On Tuesday, November 25th 2014, a RACVIAC delegation headed by Director Ambassador Branimir Mandić met in Skopje with the MK Minister of Defence, Mr Zoran Jolevski, PhD and the representatives of the MK Ministry of Defence. Minister Jolevski expressed his appreciation and support for RACVIAC work stating that only through cooperation the Region will be able to move forward. He emphasized that it is important to unblock the processes that impede some countries of the Region to move forward so that the whole region can achieve greater development without unnecessary obstacles or obstructions.

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27 NOVEMBER 2014

Regional Conference „Trends and Challenges in Implementing Anti-Corruption Strategies” held in Skopje, MK

Identifying the states’ priorities and needs in terms of efficient implementation of anti-corruption Strategies and Action Plans, with potential emphasis on the monitoring mechanisms, was the focus of a Regional conference that successfully drew to a close in Skopje on 25th November. The conference was organized in cooperation between RACVIAC - Centre for Security Cooperation, the Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative (RAI) and the Ministry of Justice of The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*.

More on rai-see.org website

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25 NOVEMBER 2014

Proliferation Pathways course

The Proliferation Pathways course took place in RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation between 17th and 21st November. The course was organized by the Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and supported by RACVIAC.

The purpose of the course was to assemble regional officials and professionals from different agencies related to counterproliferation which perform functions such as customs, internal affairs and those related to the military forces. More than 40 participants were engaged in discussions and group exercises. The latter gave the participants an opportunity to demonstrate the ways in which their agencies deal with proliferation and cooperate on a regional level.

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19 NOVEMBER 2014

New Turkish Ambassador to Croatia visits RACVIAC

H.E. Mr Ahmet Tuta, the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to the Republic of Croatia, made an inaugural visit to the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Wednesday November 19th, 2014.

Welcoming Ambassador Tuta, RACVIAC Director Ambassador Branimir Mandić, pointed out the good cooperation RACVIAC has with the Republic of Turkey in terms their support for the Centre through personnel, contributions and involvement in activities. Furthermore he expressed thanks to the Turkish government for ratifying the agreement on RACVIAC noting that it is a good sign and basis encouraging cooperation in the region.

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18 NOVEMBER 2014

Meeting held at RACVIAC regarding development of WMD network

On November 18th 2014, on the margins of the Proliferation Pathways course that is being held at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation (17-21 November), a meeting was held regarding the WMD Network under development at RACVIAC.

RACVIAC Director Ambassador Branimir Mandić and Deputy Director Brigadier General Zdravko Jakop met with LtCol Lonnie Carlson (EUCOM) , LtCol Ryan Fayrweather (Chief of the Office for Defence Cooperation at the US Embassy in Zagreb) ,Ms Ivana Barbara Blazevic (Croatian MOD) and RACVIAC staff.

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17 NOVEMBER 2014

Military Diplomatic Corps Accredited to Croatia visits RACVIAC

The Military Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Republic of Croatia, headed by their Dean Brigadier General Roman Fischer (AT), visited the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Monday November 17th, 2014.

RACVIAC Director Ambassador Branimir Mandić and Deputy Director Brigadier General Zdravko Jakop welcomed the guests.

Brigadier General Fischer thanked the RAVIAC management and staff for welcoming their visit. He noted that they initiated the visit in order to gain an insight into activities at the Centre where they could perhaps take part.

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11 NOVEMBER 2014

Kosovo* Ambassador to Croatia visits RACVIAC

H.E. Shkendije Geci Sherifi the Kosovo* Ambassador to Croatia and Mr. Asdren Gashi, a counsellor at the embassy, visited the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Monday November 10th 2014.

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence. (In accordance with Arrangements regarding regional representation and cooperation.)

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10 NOVEMBER 2014

In the wake of the floods: Strategic preparation, co-ordination needed at national and regional levels, SEE conference concludes (Article courtesy of OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina)

SARAJEVO, 7 November 2014 – Sharing information and solutions to reduce flood risk, and enhancing cross-border cooperation in mitigating risk and flood protection was the focus of a two-day regional conference that concluded in Sarajevo yesterday. The conference was organized by the Security Ministry of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the OSCE Mission to BiH, the UNDP Office in BiH and the RACVIAC-Centre for Security Co-operation.

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05 NOVEMBER 2014

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Mr Greg Delawie visits RACVIAC on margins of Arms Control Symposium.

Brigadier General Zdravko Jakop (left), Mr Greg Delawie (middle), Mr Aaron Schwoebel right) U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Mr. Greg Delawie and Mr Aaron Schwoebel, Political Unit Chief at the U.S. Embassy to Croatia visited RACVIAC on the margins of the Arms Control Symposium on Wednesday November 5th, 2014.

RACVIAC Deputy Director, Brigadier General Zdravko Jakop, welcomed Mr Delawie and Mr Swhoebel thanking them for showing an interest in the work of RACVIAC.

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05 NOVEMBER 2014

Arms Control Symposium held at RACVIAC

An Arms Controls Symposium began at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Wednesday November the 5th, 2014. The Symposium is being organized with the cooperation of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The purpose of this 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 symposium will serve as a platform for discussions on the fundamental role of arms control treaties as a cornerstone of European and SEE security.

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04 NOVEMBER 2014

Albanian Ambassador to Croatia Pays Introductory Visit to RACVIAC

Deputy Director Brigadier General Zdravko Jakop (left), Director Ambassador Branimir Mandic (middle), H.E. Ilir Melo Albanian Ambassador to Croatia (right) On Monday November 3rd, 2014, H.E. Ilir Melo, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Albania to the Republic of Croatia visited the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation.

Welcoming Ambassador Melo, RACVIAC Director, Ambassador Branimir Mandic, said that it was good to welcome a person that has been a friend of RACVIAC for so long.

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30 OCTOBER 2014

Conference on Ensuring Personal Data Protection While Securing Cyber Space gets underway in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

A conference titled Ensuring Personal Data Protection While Securing Cyber Space began in Sarajevo Bosnia Herzegovina on Wednesday October 29th 2014. The conference is being organized by the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation; the Military Academy "General Mihailo Apostolski"-Skopje; the Ministry of Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina; the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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28 OCTOBER 2014

Meeting of DCAF Course Alumni under the Auspices of the DCAF Border Security Programme gets underway at RACVIAC

A meeting of DCAF course alumni under the Auspices of the DCAF Border Security Programme began at the RACVIAC Centre for Security Cooperation on Tuesday October 28th, 2014. The meeting is bringing together the alumni from the Western Balkan countries, Croatia and Slovenia, who have concluded either the 1st or the 2nd generation of the DCAF International Training Course for Regional Commanders (ITCRC) between 2005–2011. It represents a timely effort to assess the added value of border police education and training for regional border policing as well as future prospects to utilise the gained knowledge and competences, in line with the strategic guidelines of the relevant regional programmes in the area of border security.

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23 OCTOBER 2014

Security Sector Reform and Gender Conference begins at RACVIAC

A security sector reform and gender conference titled: „Equal Opportunities: Implementation of UNSCR 1325 and related UNSCRs – Differences between Proclamation and Reality“ began at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on October 22nd. The conference is being organized in cooperation with the Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees - Agency for Gender Equality of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The purpose of this conference is to develop a framework for monitoring and evaluation of the progress made to implement UNSCRs 1325, 1820, 1888, 1889, 1960 and 2112 in the countries participating in RACVIAC. The framework for monitoring and evaluation will be based on the impact, output and outcome indicators which will be prepared and discussed by the participants during the Conference.

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Forthcoming Events

17 - 21 November 2014

Proliferation Pathways

Interview

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

The OPCW recently received the Nobel Peace prize for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons. Can you tell us how this was received in the OPCW? How has it affected the work of the OPCW and the work of your directorate?

Well the announcement that the OPCW had won the Nobel Peace prize was somewhat unexpected.

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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 2013

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