The 4th Security Research Forum: Belgrade-Prishtina-Tirana was held in Tirana on 24 January 2014. This event was part of the partnership project between three independent think-tanks: Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP) from Belgrade, Kosovar Centre for Security Studies (KCSS) from Prishtina, and Institute for Mediation and Democracy (IDM) from Tirana. The main goal of this project is to strengthen and enhance the security relations between the Albanian and Serbian communities by promoting communication and establishing links among security policy communities as well as through increased transparency of security governance. The ‘Security Research Forum’ is supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The first panel elaborated the issue of police and law enforcement cooperation between Belgrade, Prishtina, and Tirana, with focus on the International Law Enforcement and Coordination Unit (ILECU). The panelists discussed the importance of bilateral cooperation between the three countries as well as the need for further developing and strengthening the cooperation in terms of regional cooperation. The panel was composed of:
Artan Bajraktari, Director, International Cooperation and Coordination Directorate, General Directorate of State Police
Senior Representative of EU Delegation to Albania,
Veton Elshani, Head of Section for International and Local Cooperation at Kosovo
Moderated by: Sotiraq Hroni, IDM
In the framework of the Security Research Forum Belgrade-Prishtina-Tirana, the three partner organizations conducted a public opinion survey on Serbian-Albanian relations in the context of personal safety, national security and inter-ethnic relations in October 2013. The second panel mainly discussed the key findings from each respective country with focus on the consequences of Prishtina-Belgrade dialogue on people’s perceptions towards regional cooperation, the future of cooperation between Belgrade-Prishtina-Tirana driven from the survey, as well as the public perceptions’ on each other’s security-related institutions. The panel was composed of:
Florian Qehaja, Executive Director of Kosovar Centre for Security Studies
Sonja Stojanovic, Executive Director of Belgrade Centre for Security Policy
Foto Duro, Center for European and Security Affairs, The Institute for Democracy and Mediation.
Moderated by: Arjan Dyrmishi, IDM