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Countering Radicalisation and Terrorist Threats

In the last decade, countering radicalisation that turns to terrorism has become an issue of particular concern for many European governments. It has reached new dramatic dimensions with the violent attacks in Paris from 2015. The current situation in Syria and Iraq and the emergence of the so-called Islamic State have led to new security threats especially concerning EU citizens joining the ranks of ISIS as foreign fighters. more »

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  CSD Thematic Areas for 2015
In 2015 CSD continues to focus on unfinished domestic reforms and international challenges to the country. more »

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Public Discussion: Efficiency of Public Investments in Roma Communities at a Municipal Level
On 21 January 2016, the Center for the Study of Democracy held a public discussion on the efficiency of public investments in Roma communities at a municipal level aiming at creating a debate on the opportunities, challenges and best practices in investments in the Roma communities, as well as ways to increase their levels and effectiveness. more »

Monitoring and Responding to Radicalisation Trends and Risks
The terrorist attacks in Paris from 2015 underscored the importance of a holistic policy approach to countering radicalisation that might lead to violence in Europe and beyond, and signaled the need for reassessment of the effectiveness of existing measures. more »

Seminar: The problem of Domestic and Gender-Based Violence in the Context of Compliance with the Human Rights. Good Practices in Support of Victims of Violence in Norway
On 2-4 December 2015 a seminar with representatives of stakeholders was held in Sofia organized by the "Partners-Bulgaria" in partnership with the Academy of Human Rights - Norway and the Center for the Study of Democracy. The seminar aimed to contribute to developing and enhancing the knowledge and experience of professionals working in the field of domestic and gender-based violence. more »

Round Table: Enhancing the Efficiency of Public Investments in Roma Communities with the Participation of Representatives of Local Authorities in Stara Zagora
On 4 December 2015 a round table with representatives of local authorities in Stara Zagora was held, organized by World without Borders Association in partnership with the Center for the Study of Democracy. The aim of the discussion was to present a study on the effects of public investments in Roma communities and to discuss ways to increase the levels and effectiveness of these investments at a local level. more »


Competitiveness Landscape of Bulgaria 2014-2015

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In its annual report, the Center for the Study of Democracy indicated a record-high level of corruption, with 29.3 percent of the adult population (1.9 million citizens) reporting experiencing corruption when dealing with the government. This figure stood in sharp contrast with the results reported by enforcement authorities.

US Department of State, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014 - Bulgaria, 25 June 2015 

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"Women can have a special role in both prevention and deradicalisation and interventions should be designed accordingly. At the same time we should  not underestimate the role of women in radicalization. While studies are conducted to understand this phenomenon official policies seem to not address that aspect of radicalisation."

Ms Ines von Behr, Senior Analyst in RAND Europe at the roundtable discussion Radicalisation in Southeast and Central Europe: Monitoring and Responding to Key Trends and Risks, 8 December 2015

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