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.

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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The West cannot ignore Ethiopia’s latest agonyThe West cannot ignore Ethiopia’s latest agony



Aleksandar Nacev

Violence in Ethiopia’s northern state of Tigray has escalated in recent weeks, with hundreds of soldiers and an untold number of civilians killed in a worsening dispute between regional forces and the national government. The long-simmering tensions between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government in Addis Ababa and leaders from the country’s northern Tigray region have spilled out into the open and hundreds of people have been reported dead. The escalation in hostilities has spurred a mass exodus from parts of the region, with tens of thousands of people fleeing over the border into Sudan.

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CSR at the „NATO Academy 2020“CSR at the „NATO Academy 2020“



Today, Tamara Mitkovska as a representative from the Center for Security Research, participated in the „NATO Academy 2020“. Today’s lecture included Col. Zoran Jankovic, Chief of the NATO Liaison Office Skopje, who talked about topics such as the structure of NATO; politics, operations and decision-making within NATO; Macedonia’s membership in NATO. This Academy included 45 students and young professionals from the country and from abroad.

Online meeting with the “Begin-Sadat Center for strategic studies”Online meeting with the “Begin-Sadat Center for strategic studies”



As part of our strategy in building solid relations between the Center for Security Research in Skopje and leading international security research institutions, as well within the CSR framework for international cooperation, today we launched a new joint-program for cooperation between the Center for Security Research in Skopje and our international partner, the leading Israeli Institute in the field of Security research “Begin-Sadat Center for strategic studies” of Bir Ilan University. In the meeting, we outlined the future scope of work and defined the common areas of study between both organizations. The CSR aims to expand the understanding of international affairs, focusing on inter-relationship between security, conflict, and development, as well to assist governmental institutions in the Republic of Macedonia in understanding and dealing with modern security challenges through research and analysis.

Cybersecurity basics more important than ever in the new normal of remote workCybersecurity basics more important than ever in the new normal of remote work



Blagoja Janakievski

In this new work-from-anywhere environment that we’re all in thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, cybersecurity, trust, and protecting customer data is more important than ever. We saw the largest workforce transmit transformation in history as everyone went remote almost overnight in March 2020.

The best thing that any business can do in securing yourself, especially as adapting to this new environment, this new work from anywhere environment, is to nail the basics. There are a small number of really important cybersecurity hygiene actions, so think about it in the current climate as washing your hands from a cybersecurity perspective, that businesses can do to really eliminate the risk associated with a lot of common cybersecurity threats. So some examples of this are enabling strong multi-factor authentication or ensuring that you’re rapidly patching all of your devices to it to inoculate them against known vulnerabilities, to prevent things like ransomware attacks. And then finally, treating cybersecurity like a team sport, building a culture of awareness in your company so that all the employees in your company can act like security trailblazers.

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