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

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

Overview, PDF

Basics of SSR Seminar: SSR and International Organizations

Overview, PDF

Arms Control Symposium

Overview, PDF

Activity Agendas

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

Agenda, PDF

Basics of SSR Seminar: SSR and International Organizations

Overview, PDF

Arms Control Symposium

Overview, 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

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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01 September 2016

Head of Office of Croatian National Security Council visits RACVIAC

RACVIAC Deputy Director BG Gordana Garašić, Ambassador Pjer Šimunović, RACVIAC Director Ambassador Haydar Berk, Mr Aleksandar Klaić PhD.On Thursday September 1st, 2016, Mr. Pjer Šimunović the Head of the Office of the Croatian National Security Council visited the Director of the RACVIAC- Centre for Security Cooperation, Ambassador Haydar Berk. Dr sc Aleksandar Klaić, Assistant of the Head of the Office of the Croatian National Security Council and Deputy Director of RACVIAC, BG Gordana Garašić also attended the meeting.

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01 September 2016

Chief of Office of Defence Cooperation at US Embassy visits RACVIAC

On Thursday September 1st, 2016, Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Denny, Chief of the Office of Defence Cooperation at the US Embassy visited the Deputy Director of the RACVIAC- Centre for Security Cooperation, BG Gordana Garašić. The meeting focused on future opportunities for cooperation and possible US support.

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30 August 2016

Croatian Assistant Ministers of Foreign and European Affairs and Defence Visit RACVIAC

On Tuesday August 30th, 2016, Mr Amir Muharemi the Assistant Minister of Foreign and European Affairs in the Republic of Croatia and Mr Nikola Brzica the Assistant Minister of Defence in the Republic of Croatia, visited the RACVIAC - Centre for Security Cooperation. The two assistant ministers began their visit with an office call in the office of RACVIAC Director Ambassador Haydar Berk.

The second part of the visit consisted of a meeting with RACVIAC staff members at which the assistant ministers were informed of the state of affairs at RACVIAC in terms of programme implementation and development as well as budget realization.

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04 July 2016

Vienna Document 2011 Orientation Course held in Budapest Hungary

The Vienna Document 2011 Orientation Course took place in Budapest Hungary between 26 June-1 July 2016. The course began with the opening speech of Ambassador Haydar Berk, Director of RACVIAC. The event is being organized by the RACVIAC – Centre for Security cooperation and hosted and sponsored by Hungary.

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16 June 2016

RACVIAC receives award for contribution to Agreement on Sub-Regional Arms Control

Assistant Minister MFA Bosnia and Herzegovina Almir Šahović and RACVIAC Director Ambassador Haydar Berk A delegation from the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation lead by Director Ambassador Haydar Berk attended a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Agreement on Sub-Regional Arms Control which was held in Vienna, Austria on June 16th, 2016.

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08 June 2016

Seminar on Energy Security begins at RACVIAC

A seminar on Energy Security: The Regional Dimension and the Need for Diversification began at the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation on Wednesday June 8th, 2016. The event is being organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania and supported by the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Croatia. It is a follow up to the regional Conference on Energy Security held in Bucharest in 2015, with an aim to extend the regional dialogue on energy security.

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02 June 2016

RACVIAC Director Attends 11th Annual Ministerial Review Conference on Border Security in SEE

RACVIAC Director, Ambassador Haydar Berk attended the 11th Annual Ministerial Review Conference on Cooperation in the Field of Border Security in SEE held in Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina on 31st May and 1st June 2016. The conference was organized jointly by the Ministry of Security of BA and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).

The Conference was opened by the address of the BA Minister of Security H.E. Mr. Dragan Mektic followed by the representative of the European Union. The event consisted of three panels: DCAF Border Security Programme: Results and achievements, Regional Cooperation in the area of border security: Lessons Learned and Facing newly occurring challenges and Remaining needs and future strategic direction.

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Forthcoming Events

26 - 28 September, 2016

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

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