Event Title

Security and Western Balkans countries: challenges and opportunities

Session

Political Science & International Relations

Description

The aim of the paper it to analyze security challenges with which Balkan countries are faced. The study focuses on the analytical viewpoint of regional security as a subsystem of international security. The paper consist of three main parts. The first part deals with the theoretical and conceptual change of security in the Western Balkans by focusing on the key security challenges with which these countries are faced. By identifying the main contemporary threats, the intention of the study is focused on the two most important: organized crime and its transnational character and in terrorism. In the third part the paper examine alternative approaches that these countries can use in order to overcome these security challenges by placing the focus in regional cooperation as the antidote to the insecurity. The study concludes with the assumption that the main challenge of each Western Balkan country is their lack of internal state consolidation.

Keywords:

International, regional and national security, security challenges, transnational crime, terrorism, threats

Session Chair

Islam Lauka

Session Co-Chair

Alfred Marleku

Proceedings Editor

Edmond Hajrizi

ISBN

978-9951-437-54-7

Location

Durres, Albania

Start Date

28-10-2017 1:00 PM

End Date

28-10-2017 2:30 PM

DOI

10.33107/ubt-ic.2017.324

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Security and Western Balkans countries: challenges and opportunities

Durres, Albania

The aim of the paper it to analyze security challenges with which Balkan countries are faced. The study focuses on the analytical viewpoint of regional security as a subsystem of international security. The paper consist of three main parts. The first part deals with the theoretical and conceptual change of security in the Western Balkans by focusing on the key security challenges with which these countries are faced. By identifying the main contemporary threats, the intention of the study is focused on the two most important: organized crime and its transnational character and in terrorism. In the third part the paper examine alternative approaches that these countries can use in order to overcome these security challenges by placing the focus in regional cooperation as the antidote to the insecurity. The study concludes with the assumption that the main challenge of each Western Balkan country is their lack of internal state consolidation.