The PfPC's Regional Stability in the South Caucasus Study Group actively seeks to foster stability in the region, as well as international security, through facilitating conflict resolution dialogue among diverse parties. The activities of the group serve to advise broader conflict resolution activities, such as the Geneva Talks. The group pursues its goals by focusing on the following areas:
In general, intra-regional relations in South East Europe, in particular in the Western Balkans (WB), have partially remained fragile and tense. Several bilateral relations are still burdened by serious political issues and mutual distrust. Ongoing nationalistic crashes regarding, for instance, questions of border demarcation, traffic routes on land and sea, cross-border ethnic separatism and the recent past risk of compounding existing fissures that, in the end, could affect Europe as a whole.
The 17th RSSC SG workshop, convened for the first time ever in Minsk, Belarus, aimed to look at ways of peacefully transforming the Euro-Atlantic security order. This policy paper is a synopsis of the discussions that took place 18-21 April 2018 in Minsk and the policy recommendations that were extracted from the break-out groups.
Study Group Regional Stability in South East Europe (SG RSSEE)
These policy recommendations propose leveraging the South Caucasus media to reshape public opinion and to prepare for constructive change in relations among groups locked in frozen conflict in the South Caucasus.
More than 100 senior counterterrorism professionals from government, military, law enforcement, intelligence, international organizations, civil society, academia, and the private sector met to address Foreign Terrorist Fighter (FTF) phenomena in the Western Balkans. The Republic of Macedonia in cooperation with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the United States Embassy in Macedonia hosted the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) Combating Terrorism Working Group (CTWG) event. Conference participants included Macedonia’s new National CT/CVE Committee including the national CT/CVE coordinator, as well as the CVE national coordinators from Albania and Kosovo, providing the foundation for increased regional collaboration on difficult challenges, including FTF and prisoner rehabilitation and reintegration issues. Keynote speeches were delivered by senior Macedonia government officials, as well as from senior members of diplomatic and counterterrorism (CT), including countering violent extremism (CVE), bodies. The keynote speakers H.E. Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia, H.E. Jess Baily, U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia, H.E. Nina Suomalainen, Head of the OSCE Mission to Skopje, Mr. Borche Petrevski, National CT/CVE Coordinator, Republic of Macedonia, and Mr. Richard Prosen, U.S. Department of State and CTWG Co-Chair addressed relevant CT/CVE issues within the context of evolving FTF threats and challenges. The conference showcased a multi-stakeholder tabletop exercise (TTX). The TTX engaged participants in an interactive scenario on emerging security challenges to a fictitious country, which facilitated discussions to cultivate Macedonian and regional policy and programmatic recommendations related to FTF travel, relocation, and return.
In the evening of Friday 10 August 2018, the Partnership for Peace Consortium lost one of its most faithful and dedicated Steering Committee members. Jean d’Andurain (LtCol Ret., French Army) passed away quietly following a stroke suffered in June 2017.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (24-26 July, 2018) – The Partnership for Peace Consortium’s (PfPC) Combating Terrorism Working Group (CTWG) hosted a Central Asia/Afghanistan regional tabletop exercise entitled “Foreign Terrorist Fighter Networks: Threats, Challenges, and Responses” from July 24 to July 26, 2018.
BRUSSELS, Belgium (21 June 2018) - On 21 June 2018, the German Ambassador to NATO, H.E. Hans-Dieter Lucas invited the PfP-Consortium's Senior Advisory Council and ambassadors of PfPC stakeholders to a working lunch commemorating former U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen’s proposal to found the Partnership for Peace Consortium at the NATO Ministerial in June 1998.
ROME, Italy (11 May, 2018) - Dr. Raphael Perl adresssed a group of over 200 government officials and CT experts on the value and benefits of the PfPC's Foreign Fighter Table Top Exercises, the next of which is scheduled for July 21-22 at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
REICHENAU, Austria (4 May, 2018) - The Regional Stability in South East Europe (RSSEE) Study Group gathered in Reichenau, Austria, 03-06 May 2018 for its 36th workshop with the topic: "Overcoming Blockades and Improving Intra-State/Neighbourhood Relations in South East Europe".