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This policy paper examines the dynamics Civil Society Organizations (CSO) in South East Europe and provides recommendations on how to harmonize CSOs within the context of regional politics as well as the spectrum of regional players. South East Europe has a huge variety of CSOs: thousands of associations of citizens exist in the region, the majority without following explicit aims in the field of democratization or human rights. Generally, CSOs which are advocating a more democratic society, respect of human rights and individual freedom are generally more trusted by the citizens than the existing political parties. However, these CSOs are confronted with various barriers: these may be difficulties within their own organization structure, pressure from political authorities in their home countries as well as unfavourable arrangements with the international donors. Interest in cooperating with regional CSOs has decreased with international donors over the past years, which is partly due to a shift of interest to other regions and partly due to their discontent with the outcome of projects.
This policy paper examines the status of Macedonia's EU and NATO aspirations. Considered by many as the only success story of peaceful transformation in the Western Balkans in the early 2000s, Macedonia managed to emerge from the shades of the 2001 armed conflict and acquire EU candidate status in just four years. The first among the countries from the Western Balkans to sign a Stabilisation and Association Agreement in 2001, Macedonia today, however, is considerably lagging behind on its EU/NATO accession path.
This policy paper explores the effect of Croatia's EU membership on Southeast Europe, and view's the role of Croatia as a bridge between the EU and countries of the region aspiring towards EU membership.
This policy paper recognizes that the party system in the Western Balkans and South East Europe bears the standard problem of modern democracy: the inadequate political representation of its citizens by the traditional party system. As such the paper offers recommendations on means to support political development in the region.
This policy paper examines the geopolitical dynamics of conflicts in the South Caucasus and offers policy recommendations that consider the geopolitical realities. Additionally, the policy recommendations take into account perspectives of various internal and external players, thereby representing recommendations that can be be viewed as attractive by various parties.
This paper examines the nature of sovereignty in the South Caucasus and offers alternative interpretations of sovereignty which may prove useful in conflict mitigation.
This policy paper examines the positive attributes of NATO and EU soft security initiatives and offers recommendations on how the continuation and expansion of such initiatives can foster regional stability.

This background paper is based on a presentation during a partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) Combating Terrorism Workshop held in Brussels April 23-25, 2014 on the topic of foreign fighters. The paper discusses reasons driving the phenomenon and highlights some legal responses taken by Western European states to stem flow of foreign fighters to Syria and to reduce any potential disruptive activities upon return to their countries of departure.

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