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Terrorism is as old as the history of mankind, since it can be established that the reasons for terrorist acts have hardly ever changed. Due to their new forms, the terrorist acts, which in the past had local characteristics, are acquiring global dimensions. This proves that nowadays states are no longer the only subject of international relations which exercise the monopoly over the means of mass violence. The emergence of the 'new terrorism' has provoked new public debates which are focused mainly on defining an appropriate relationship between the security as the basic human need and the level of measures intended to ensure the security of individuals and the entire society by conducting counter-terrorism activities. In this context we are faced with a dilemma of interfering with human rights which are limited or reduced as a consequence of counter-terrorism measures. Terrorists effectively use the factors introduced by globalization processes and the high level of human rights which reflect the openness of the modern society. In order to appropriately define the need for a temporary reduction of human rights, we must correctly understand the processes which, throughout the history of security provision, have developed within the relationship among an individual, a state and the international community. The development and application of modern technologies even further increase the vulnerability of the modern society to various terrorist acts, and on the other hand enable terrorist groups to be even more successful.

Counter-terrorist strategies can include the entire spectrum of activities, and can be defined as legal, political, economic, police, intelligence and also military. Their mutual coordination is one of the key preconditions for a successful counter-terrorism. The counter-terrorism system must ensure a continued implementation of measures predicted by the legal framework, as well as of authorities exercised by individual subjects in the system of national and international security. However, it must also ensure the operability of its own procedures which neither individuals nor the entire social system should find disturbing.

The complexity of international relations and the international system itself force the national-security systems to interact with the international environment. The modern terrorism has forced the international community to face the fact that its emergence is a global phenomenon which requires an appropriate response from various levels, including the international, national and local level. Terrorism is not limited by national borders; therefore, the international community can successfully counter it only through the improvement of measures in the area of cooperation, organization and solidarity among various states; with initiatives containing a combination of various strategies and mechanisms, and also with an enhanced exchange of information necessary for countering this global problem.

Regional cooperation, represented by the international regional conference entitled 'Counter-Terrorism Challenges in the Region of South Eastern Europe', adds additional qualities to the counter-terrorism process. They are reflected in the following aspects:

- Acquisition of new knowledge and experience in the relevant area,

- Mutual exchange of views and transfer of best practices,

- Meeting of relevant academic and operational experts in order to establish a network of contact necessary for a successful international regional cooperation in the area of counter-terrorism.

The conference will focus mainly on national and international mechanisms regarding the coordination and inter-organizational cooperation within the counter-terrorism processes.



- Major General Alojz ŠTEINER, M.Sc – Chief of General Staff of Slovenian Armed Forces

- Mr. Bradley FREDEN – Charge d’Affairs US Embassy

- Brigader Bojan Pograjc, M.Sc – Commander of Doctrine, Development, Education and Training Command

- Mr. Damir ČRNČEC, Ph.D – General Director of Intelligence and Security Service MO

- Mr. Primož ŠAVC – General Director of Directorate of Defence Policy

- Captain (N) Paul SHEMELLA (Retired) – Center for Civil-Military Relations, Monterey




-  Col. Dale Addington – ODC USA

-  Mr. Tom Mockaitis, Ph.D – CCMR

-  Mrs. Cris Matei, Ph.D – CCMR

-  Mr. Matthew King - CCMR

-  Mrs. Darja Prešeren – ISS

-  Mr. Miloš Kosić - DDP

-  Lieutenant Colonel Jože GROZDE - SAF

-  Major Marko Prvinšek - SAF

-  Capt. Slavko Korče - SAF

-  Lt. Branko Hartman .- SAF

-  Staff sergeant Mitja Planinc - SAF

-  Mrs. Irena Čufar – ODC USA