Ms. Sonja Stojanovic is currently the Director of the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, a leading independent think-thank in the Western Balkans for security studies. She is author of methodology for measuring SSR in a transitional society from a perspective of civil society and chief methodologist for regional collaborative research on progress of SSR in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. She is one of lead researchers in the research on practices of security community-building “The Western Balkans from Conflict Zone to Security Community”. Sonja works part-time as a Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Belgrade.
She holds a MA in Politics, Security and Integration with distinction from the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, University College London, where her thesis focused on 'Police Reform in Liberal and Post-illiberal Regimes’. Prior to taking up her current appointment, Sonja worked with the Strategic Development Unit of the Law Enforcement Department of the OSCE Mission to Serbia and Montenegro as a coordinator of the strategic management programme for the Serbian and Montenegrin police services. She has taken comprehensive assessments of police reform, police cooperation and preparation of police service for membership in the EU in the past.
She has extensive experience of working as a consultant and trainer on police reform, strategic planing, parliamentary oversight, democratic governance, gender mainstreaming and integrated approach to security security reform. She worked as consultant for different international organisations (UNDP, OSCE, DCAF), political groups and civil society organisations in the Western Balkans. She is member of Women in International Security, Forum for International Relations and alumni of Chevening, US. State Department's National Security Institute.
The Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP), a member of the PASOS network of think tanks, is an independent research centre dedicated to advancing security of citizens and society they live in on the basis of democratic principles and respect for human rights. In the midst of Centre's interest are all policies aimed at improvement of human, national, regional, European and global security.
Policy and Research Papers
The report, co-drafted by the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (formerly known as the Centre for Civil-Military Relations) and the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence with the support of DCAF, presents the findings of the needs assessment on gender and SSR in Serbia.
• Generates a detailed baseline for the current state of gender mainstreaming in security sector institutions at the central, provincial and municipal level;
• Identifies local needs, gaps and shortcomings of current SSR processes, and prioritizes needs which should be addressed by national authorities and civil society, with the support of the international donor community, including DCAF’s gender and SSR project.
The needs assessment is built on desk research, interviews, and a series of local stakeholder consultations conducted in Novi Sad, Kragujevac, Novi Pazar, Bujanovac and Belgrade in the course of March and April 2010. It forms the building block of DCAFs dedicated and long term gender and SSR project in Serbia.