Regional Workshop on Combating Illicit Cross-border Trafficking in Cultural Property in South East Europe

The Workshop aims to raise awareness regarding illicit trafficking in cultural property and its impact on security and stability in the South Eastern Europe region. The participants will discuss various methods and best practices from the OSCE perspective and explore best mechanisms and tools that will enable them to respond to this serious transnational threat in a sustainable manner in co-ordination with relevant national agencies, international organizations, private sector, and educational institutions.

For more information please visit the OSCE website here.

Twelfth Biennial International Conference, Criminal Justice & Security in Central and Eastern Europe: From Common Sense to Evidence-based Policy–making

Between 25-27 September 2018, the University of Maribor, Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security is organizing the Twelfth Biennial International Conference on Criminal Justice & Security in Central and Eastern Europe, in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Starting in 1996 and reconvening for its twelfth session in 2018, the Conference has focused on and dealt with a wide variety of topics related to security issues. Based on the principles of collaboration and information exchange among different levels and types of stakeholders, the conference will strive to address contemporary challenges in the field of criminal justice and security and to highlight new ideas, theories, methods, and findings in a wide range of research and applied areas relating to policing, criminology, security issues, and social control issues.

As each Biennial International Conference on Criminal Justice & Security in Central and Eastern Europe theme differs, this year’s theme is entitled “From Common Sense to Evidence-based Policymaking“. Defense, security and foreign policy, has due to recent events that challenged internal security in Europe, pressed the need for “substantive evidence to underpin policy formulation to ensure the best use of limited resources when dealing with significant challenges”[i]. With this in mind, this year’s conference will emphasize the need for academic expertise in policymaking. By prioritizing research finding, data, analytics, evaluation of new innovations in policy decisions at every level of government, as well as at various points in the policymaking process, the evidence-based policymaking approach aims to improve the effectiveness of governments programs or policies. Based on four principles (i. rigorous evidence, ii. program monitoring, iii. improvement/scale/redirection of programs, and iv. innovation and test of new approaches), the evidence-based policymaking scope is to encourage transparency and accountability by clearly defining the policy/program goals, and executing independent ex-post evaluations, to identify whether those goals were achieved[ii].

The conference is co-organized by IISG (with the financial support of the European Commission within the IPA II 2016 regional action entitled “Support to Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in the Western Balkans”), hosted by DCAF Ljubljana. For more information about the conference, please visit their website here.


[i] Benedict Wilkinson, Maria Giulia Amadio Viceré & Erin Montague (2017) Navigating the Unknown: Barriers to Evidence-Based Defence and Security Policy in the European Union, The International Spectator, 52:1, 88-99

[ii] Urban Institute (2016) Principles of Evidence-Based Policymaking. Available at:

Inter-Regional Meeting between South Eastern Europe and West and Central Asia on Building Partnerships in Countering Illicit Financial Flows

Between the 28-29 June, UNODC is organizing an Inter-Regional Meeting between South-Eastern Europe and West and Central Asia on Building Partnerships in Countering Illicit Financial Flows, in Zagreb, Croatia.

As the West and Central Asia and Southern East Europe are significantly affected by the drug economy that thrives around opium cultivation and heroin production in Afghanistan, which is smuggled to West and Central Europe through different routes across these regions, with a growing importance of the Balkan route, UNODC together with relevant national, regional and international actors aims with this meeting to appose the Heads of Drug Control Agencies/Offices and Heads of Financial Intelligence Units of the Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbourig Countries and the Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe. The event will allow officials of these regions to meet as a group for the first time and address challenges and prospects for inter-regional cooperation, with a particular emphasis on illicit financial flows, in line with the 2016 UNGASS Outcome document, especially as regards South-South and Triangular cooperation.

Counter-Terrorism Challenges in the Region of South Eastern Europe

From 22 to 24 of May 2018, Slovenia will host the eight-international regional conference ‘Counter-Terrorism Challenges in the Region of South Eastern Europe’. The conference will be jointly organized by the Ministry of Defense Republic of Slovenia, Embassy of the United States of America – Defense Cooperation Office and the US Joint Special Operations University from Tampa.
The topic of this year conference will be »Violent Extremism and Radicalization processes as driving factors to terrorism threats on Western Balkans and Security Implications to Europe«.
For more information please visit the conference website here.