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PURPOSE

With the development of information and other technologies, the society is becoming increasingly complex and vulnerable. We live in a high-risk society. The positive aspects of development also bring several strongly negative consequences that can, in their extreme form, pose a growing threat to individual, national or international security. The unprecedented development of technology has certainly facilitated progress in all segments of society activity. However, the dependence of the society on the functioning of technological systems is strong, whereby a minor system malfunction can have big effect on the functioning of the society. For this reason, the reliance on the functioning of this infrastructure appears to have direct and indirect implications for the threat posed to society and represents a tempting target for international terrorist operations. As a result of this interdependence, terrorist operations that used to be local in nature are now taking on new global dimensions.  The complexity of international relations and the functioning of the international system force national security systems to interact with the international environment. In fact, contemporary terrorism has helped the international community recognize it as a global phenomenon requiring a global response at different levels, including the international, national and local levels, in every little community. As terrorist activities are not confined to national borders, the international community can only fight terrorism effectively by improving the measures related to cooperation, organisation, solidarity between countries, initiatives combining different strategies and mechanisms, and specifically through enhanced exchange of information that are important for countering this global problem. One should bear in mind that contemporary society is not only threatened by international terrorism, but is also directly exposed to other threats, such as natural and man-made disasters and other deviant acts committed intentionally by external or internal entities in the process of critical infrastructure operation. Against this background, we are dealing with serious dilemmas that individual countries are confronted with in addressing the consequences of terrorist acts. The management of consequences and coordination of measures taken by national security bodies at the national and international levels represent a significant organizational challenge and require from the strategic management to integrate new knowledge and experiences, as well as to implement best practices established in individual comparable environments.

 

International cooperation as an underlying driver of this 5th jubilee international regional conference titled »Challenges of Countering Terrorism in the Region of Southeast Europe«, focusing on the main topic »Managing the Consequences of Terrorist Acts – Efficiency and Coordination Challenges«, brings additional qualities to the process of countering terrorism that are reflected in the following aspects:

-    Acquisition of new knowledge and experiences related to the subject matter;
-    Mutual exchange of views and transfer of best practices;
-    Networking among various experts from academic and operation spheres providing contacts that are necessary for countering terrorism and managing the risks related to the mitigation of the consequences of terrorist acts.

The conference will focus mainly on national and international mechanisms of coordination, as well as on interagency cooperation and response by competent bodies to terrorist acts.

HONORARY BOARD OF THE CONFERENCE:

-    Mr. Peter STAVANJA – State Secretary at MoD (President of the Honorary Board)

-    Mr. Joseph A. Mussomeli – U.S. Ambassador

-    Mr. Boštjan PERNE – Director of the MoD Intelligence and Security Service
-    Mr. Primož ŠAVC – Director General of Defence Policy Directorate
-    Captain Paul SHEMELLA (retired) – Center for Civil-Military Relations, Monterey
-    Mr. Miran VRŠEC, MSc. – Director of Institute for Corporate Security Studies

ORGANIZATIONAL BOARD OF THE CONFERENCE:

-    VVU XIV Denis ČALETA, Ph.D.
-    Mrs. Irena Čufar – Office of Defense Cooperation, U.S. Embassy
-    U.S. Attaché –  U.S. Embassy
-    Mrs. Liliana BROŽIČ, Ph.D.
-    Lt. Branko Hartman
-    Mrs. Jelka KROŠEL
-    Mr. Zvonko KRUNIĆ
-    Mrs. Darja PREŠERN
-    Mr. Ivan HOSTNIK, MSc.