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Security Program

Since 2001, the cutting edge criminological research, conducted within the Program, has shaped Bulgaria’s policy debate on organised crime. The Program experts have also participated in various international projects and networks on crime and security issues.The majority of those projects have been awarded or supported by the European Commission in particular - Directorate General “Home Affairs” and they have been of a great importance not only because of their scope (the research usually covers all 27 EU member states) but also because they have been an integral part of the pan-European cycle of policies to combat organized crime. In addition, the Security Program works closely with the other CSD’s programs in providing cross-disciplinary analysis on policy issues such as migration, corruption, grey economy, criminal justice, and human rights.



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The illicit tobacco market: limits to institutional enforcement
The trade in illegal tobacco products contributes to significant loss in state budget revenue for many countries. The traditionally high levels of illicit tobacco product’s consumption in Bulgaria have brought about an estimated BGN 4.83 billion in VAT and excise tax losses for the last ten years. The concerted efforts of Bulgarian authorities have brought about a significant reduction in the market for illicit cigarettes since 2015. more »
Counter Terrorism: Bush, Obama, and Trump Policies
Whilst the US counter-terrorism policy is still being debated within the Trump Administration, there are already indications that it will remain consistent with the underlying trend observed under the Bush and Obama Administrations, whereby terrorism is framed as a foreign rather than a domestic threat against which America must protect itself with stronger borders, travel restrictions, and reductions in refugee flows and immigration as part of an open-ended conflict. more »
Cross-Border Organised Crime in the Context of the Migrant Crisis
The recent migration and refuge crisis poses significant challenges to European governments. The unprecedented migration pressure provided many avenues for the generation of major profits by organised criminal networks. more »


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CSD Policy Brief No. 75: The Tobacco Market in Bulgaria: Trends and Risks

Cross-border organised crime: Bulgaria and Norway in the Context of the Migrant Crisis

Whose responsibility? Reflections on accountability of private security in Southeast Europe

Risks of Islamist Radicalisation in Bulgaria: A Case Study in the Iztok Neighbourhood of the City of Pazardzhik

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