Security Sector Reform Pillar

The SEE region has faced and is still facing many challenges in the Security Sector Reform, which necessitates the development of new approaches to the modernization and transformation of the Security Sector for the benefit of the region. The scope of activities of this specific programme domain is characterized by the adaptation of Security Sector Reform solutions to changing security challenges and needs of the countries from the region.

Diversity and Inclusion in Security Sector - Key Leadership Conference, Zagreb, 13-14 March 2017   NATO certified Gender Training of the Trainers Course (GToT), Rakitje, 15-26 May 2017   Conference on Security Challenges for Europe, Zagreb, 22-24 November 2017

In 2005 and 2006 the Security Sector Reform Pillar was divided into three Working Groups. Their tasks included developing regional support networks, concentrating know-how on Defence Conversion and promoting an integrated donors approach as follows:

  • Working Group 1 (WG1) - on retraining and resettlement of military personnel
  • Working Group 2 (WG2) - on the conversion of former military bases and facilities
  • Working Group 3 (WG3) - on restructuring redundant military industries by downsizing or restructuring into civilian use.

  • In 2007, the SSR Pillar started making appropriate programme adjustments with a view to gradually merging the Working Groups’ programme areas within the framework of Defence Resources Management.

    In 2009, the Pillar focused its efforts on direct assistance to the SEE countries’ institutions in developing adequate Defense Conversion systems and programs. In this regard, one of the Pillar’s most remarkable achievements was the successful realization of the human resources management project, aimed at providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina regarding the implementation of the “PERSPEKTIVA” Programme. This was a direct result of the Pillar’s efforts to support the new vision of RACVIAC as an academic institution capable of conducting corresponding activities. This also means that in the last several years, the Pillar has come a long way from having exclusively workshop type of activities, as was the case in 2005 and 2006.

    Evidently, yet at a different pace, the countries of South Eastern Europe (SEE) are changing their status from either transitional or transitional post-conflict to predominantly regional co-operative and Euro-Atlantic oriented one. The security context of the region is also increasingly marked by considerable multilateral co-operation on current security issues as well as by efforts put in addressing common and new security threats. RACVIAC SSR Pillar is serving as the leading regional platform in the field of Security Sector Reform, focusing its mission on sustainable, long-term and integrated support to SSR efforts within the region and beyond.

    Currently SSR Pillar is focused on promotion of different aspects and principles of Security Sector in the fields of:

    • Democratic Oversight and Accountability
    • Defence Resources Management
    • Civil Military Relations
    • Human Rights/Gender Issues
    • Border Management.


      Mr Boško Rotim, HR, Activity Manager & acting Programme Manager for SSR Pillar   Maj Božo Dukarić, HR, Activity Manager