World Border Security Congress

The World Border Security Congress is going to take place between 19-21 March in Casablanca, Marocco.

The Congress Topics for the 2019 programme include:

  • Identifying and Understanding the Latest and Evolving Threats and Challenges for Border Agencies
  • Border Management – from Risk Management to Foreign Fighter and CT Strategies
  • Implementing Biometrics and Advanced Passenger Information
  • Migration and Human Trafficking Challenges on Global Border Management
  • Data, Cyberborders and the challenges of developing them
  • Border Security Information and Coordination
  • Surveillance Systems and Technologies on the Border
  • Future trends in International Border Management

For more information about the Congress, please visit their website here

1st Meeting of the Berlin Process Security Commitments Steering Group

At the London Western Balkans Summit Interior and Security Ministers agreed to establish a Berlin Process Security Commitments Steering Group, which will be chaired by the UK for the first year. The first Group meeting which will take place on 20 November 2018, in Podgorica, hosted by the Montenegrin Ministry of Interior.

Berlin Process Security Commitments Steering Group: terms of reference available 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:

Ministerial Conference on High-Tech Crime and Information Security “Connect securely!”

The Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia is organizing a Ministerial Conference on high-tech crime and information security under the slogan “Connect Securely!” in Belgrade, on 20th and 21st September 2018. The Conference is supported through the project Enhancing Cybersecurity Governance in the Western Balkans, implemented by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).

The conference aims to establish a political dialogue in the region on growing threats in cyberspace, to promote the role of international and regional cooperation, as well as cooperation with the private sector, with a view to achieving a higher level of information security and advancing the fight against high-tech crime.

Regional Expert Workshop and Conference “Countering online radicalization in the context of cyber security”

Between 17- 18 April 2018 the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is organising a two-day regional workshop and conference, entitled “Countering online radicalisation in the context of cybersecurity” in Belgrade, Serbia.

The event will be divided into four panels, during which experts and participants from the region and the European Union, will address questions and share experiences related to online terrorist and violent extremist propaganda, fake news and hate speech, cyber-attacks and other.

For more information please visit RCC website here.

Border Security and Management Seminar

This Seminar purpose is to support the implementation of the Border Security and Management Concept of the OSCE Participating States in South-Eastern Europe. And is a continuation of the border security and management event series organized by RACVIAC, in cooperation with DCAF Office Ljubljana, and the OSCE Border Security and Management Unit.

Its aims are:

  1. To continue addressing the challenges in border security and management;
  2. To identify current and future challenges;
  3. To support the implementation of the Border Security and Management Concept of the OSCE Participating States and other international and regional initiatives.

For more information please visit the RACVIAC website here.

Support to Peaceful Resolution of Conflicts, Reconciliation, Respect for Diversity and Community Security

The objective was to support respect for diversity, community security in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as to conduct and establish Citizens Community Security Forums in targeted municipalities.

Main activities:

  • established coordination among local stakeholders in creating and defining an operational security plan,
  • identified and defined risks and offered solutions for security concerns in local communities,
  • brought together local actors, such as the local administration, citizens, and nongovernmental organizations, and implemented joint actions in addressing the priorities as defined in the security plan, and
  • will establish 21 citizen security forums in selected local communities/ municipalities throughout the country in order to to prevent criminal activities that may significantly slow down and impede development prospects.

A Concept Note will be prepared for 2017-2020.

For more information please visit the UNDP BiH Website.