America’s military still rules the worldAmerica’s military still rules the world



Aleksandar Nacev PhD

Battlefields are constantly evolving, and modern warfare is quickly advancing. In turn, this is causing countries around the world to pump hundreds of billions of dollars into their militaries in the constant race to develop the most advanced training, technology and weaponry. The permanent pressure to have the best armed forces in the world is usually connected to certain geopolitical and geostrategic goals, and military force or the projection of this force is a very important factor in achieving those goals.

But head-to-head comparisons of military strength between countries are extremely hard to come by — which is what makes the Global Firepower annual rankings so noteworthy. Their 2021 Military Strength Rankings draw on more than 55 factors to assign a Power Index score to 139 countries. The ranking assesses the diversity of each country’s weapons and pays particular attention to their available manpower. Geography, logistical capacity, available natural resources, and the size of defines budgets are also considered. The top power index score is 0.0000, which is “realistically unattainable,” according to Global Firepower. The closer a country is to this number, the more powerful its military is. But who are the top five militaries in the world? Let us take a quick glance over the list and the explanation behind the rankings.

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The cubs of the Caliphate: challenge vs threatThe cubs of the Caliphate: challenge vs threat



Rabie W. Sedrak

Introduction

The Cubs of the Caliphate are the children who were exploited by ISIS during the armed conflicts in its quasi-state within Iraq and Syria. Created to serve one purpose, which is to ensure the continuity of the Caliphate and to convey ISIS ideology and message to future generations all over the world. Even though the Islamic State was militarily defeated, the number of children indoctrinated by the Islamic State’s ideology is still increasing, and if not treated properly, those children will represent a threat to world peace and security.

Returning foreign terrorist fighters (RFTF) experience in Europe and particularly in Balkans is very unique since the involvement of adult fighters with ISIS was a voluntary-based involvement and not a recruitment-based one. Despite the global interest in fighting violent extremism in the past two decades, only few efforts focused on the deradicalization process itself. Ultimately, the available reintegration programs are likely to be inadequate for those children since they were originally developed to address adult soldiers and not minors.

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Workshop on „Best practices and approaches in the reintegration of foreign terrorist fighter (FTF) returnees“ organized by the CSRWorkshop on „Best practices and approaches in the reintegration of foreign terrorist fighter (FTF) returnees“ organized by the CSR



Within the CSR operational framework, taking into account the relevance of the topic related to foreign terrorist fighters and the process of reintegration of returnees, we considered it extremely important for this topic to develop a useful discussion between directly or indirectly affected individuals, institutions and organizations, during which opinions and best practices for dealing with this process will be exchanged. For that purpose, we organized the workshop titled „Best practices and approaches in the reintegration of foreign terrorist fighter (FTF) returnees“ on Feb 23, 2021, which was held in a combined (offline/online via ZOOM) format.

The main topic of the workshop was the threat posed and national experiences on the FTF returnees, and how several countries in Southeast Europe dealt with that issue.

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The CSR is organizing a workshop on „Best practices and approaches in the reintegration of foreign terrorist fighter (FTF) returnees“The CSR is organizing a workshop on „Best practices and approaches in the reintegration of foreign terrorist fighter (FTF) returnees“



Within the CSR operational framework, taking into account the relevance of the topic related to foreign terrorist fighters and the process of reintegration of returnees, we consider it extremely important for this topic to develop a useful discussion between directly or indirectly affected individuals, institutions and organizations, during which opinions and best practices for dealing with this process will be exchanged.

For that purpose, we will be organizing the workshop titled „Best practices and approaches in the reintegration of foreign terrorist fighter (FTF) returnees“ on Feb 23, 2021 06:00 PM, which will be held online via ZOOM.

The login details, the agenda and the speakers bio can be found in the event poster or in the following link:

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Guest appearance of the CBI Director on the morning program on TV AlfaGuest appearance of the CBI Director on the morning program on TV Alfa



The Director of the Center for Security Research, Aleksandar Nacev PhD, had a guest appearance in the morning program on TV Alfa, where he spoke about the latest world military rankings of „Global Firepower“, the latest developments in the domain of the national defense, and the scandal with the issuing of NATO security clearances.

You can watch the whole interview on the following link:

Guest appearance of the CBI Director on „Radio Lider“Guest appearance of the CBI Director on „Radio Lider“



The Director of the Center for Security Research, Aleksandar Nacev PhD, had a guest appearance in the morning program on “Radio Lider”, where he spoke about the latest developments of the Macedonian membership to NATO, the scandals with the security clearances, the situation in the Armed Forces, and the work of the Ministry of Interior.

The CSR took part in the workshop “How to avoid the traps of propaganda?”The CSR took part in the workshop “How to avoid the traps of propaganda?”



Representatives from the Center for Security Research took part in the workshop “How to avoid the traps of propaganda?”, organized by Estima.

The workshop was focused on the subjects of use of disinformation and fake news, and how they can be (ab)used in geopolitical and security goals, and also about their influence from a journalistic perspective.

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Returning terrorists threaten us allReturning terrorists threaten us all



Aleksandar Nacev PhD

What started in 2011 as a popular uprising against the Syrian regime escalated into an all-out war that engulfed both Syria and Iraq, drew in a suite of regional actors and world powers, and attracted an unprecedented number of volunteer combatants from more than a hundred countries.

Among those countries are many of the nations in the Western Balkans, from which more than a thousand nationals of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, N. Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia are estimated to have travelled to the battle­fields of Syria and Iraq since 2012. The significance of this number becomes apparent when you consider the context of the combined population across these small countries, a total population of less than nineteen million. The rates of volunteer mobilisation relative to the population size of the Western Balkans nations are far higher than any other in western European afflicted by volunteer fighters and terrorists. 

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Guest appearance of the CBI Director on TV AlfaGuest appearance of the CBI Director on TV Alfa



The Director of the Center for Security Research, Aleksandar Nacev PhD, had a guest appearance in the TV program “Is something unclear?” on TV Alfa, where he spoke about the latest security implications in the country in the light of the veto from Republic of Bulgaria, he analyzed the latest developments in the domain of the national defense, and also spoke about the recent terrorist activities in Europe, as well the processes of de-radicalization and re-socialization of the foreign fighters coming back from the Middle East and Syria.

You can watch the whole interview on the following link:

Strategic Trend – In Serbia, the new government is already oldStrategic Trend – In Serbia, the new government is already old



By Matteo Tacconi*

On the 24th of October, the new Serbian government was announced. Led by Ana Brnabic, confirmed as Prime Minister, it is a national alliance between the only three parties that won seats in Parliament at elections on June 21: the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), dominating the political scene for years; the Serbian Socialist Party (SPS), its traditional ally; the Serbian Patriotic Alliance (SPAS), a right-wing, populist party that had never been in Parliament before. 

The government is made of 21 ministers plus 2 ministers without portfolio. With 11 women as ministers, it is the most gender-balanced cabinet ever in the region. But it will have a short life span. Just a few days before it was formed, the Serbian President and SNS leader Aleksandar Vucic announced that there will be snap parliamentary elections in April 2022. Vucic said it makes sense to couple regular presidential elections, scheduled on April 22, with the parliamentary vote. He also added that municipal elections in Belgrade, also planned for 2022, could be arranged for the same date.

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