The Western Balkans Security Barometer (WBSB) organized a competitive essay competition, drawing participation from numerous talented students and researchers in Kosovo, Albania, and Serbia. Recognizing the importance of fostering research and academic development, the competition offered the students the opportunity to develop their skills in quantitative research and research methodology through two training sessions.
Following the training, the participants submitted their essays. Our teams evaluated and scored each submission, considering the depth of analysis, style, originality of thought, and adherence to research methodology. After careful review, the top three essays from each partner country were selected for publication in this joint document. By bringing together these outstanding contributions, we aim to create a valuable resource that offers diverse perspectives and stimulates meaningful discussions on regional security challenges. It is worth noting that the views expressed in these essays are solely those of the participants and do not necessarily represent the views of KCSS, BCSP, CSDG, or NED.