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Dr. Sebastian von Münchow, lecturer of security studies, and international and European law at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, is with Damir Krstičević, deputy prime minister and minister of defense of the Republic of Croatia, at the Fifth Annual Regional Arms Control Verification and Implementation Assistance Center and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (foundation) Nov. 23 in Zagreb. (Courtesy photo)

By GCMC Public Affairs

ZAGREB, (Nov. 27, 2017) – Dr. Sebastian von Münchow, lecturer of security studies, and international and European law at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, presented at the Fifth Annual Regional Arms Control Verification and Implementation Assistance Center and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (foundation) Nov. 23 here.

The conference was titled “Security Challenges for Europe.”

“The main idea of the conference was to facilitate a common platform for reviewing the newest shifts that have resulted in national security issues in view of the existing NATO security assessments and the European Union’s foreign and security policy,” said von Münchow, who has been at the Marshall Center since August 2012. “The conference provided participants with the opportunity to share national considerations on the current risks and challenges.”

Von Münchow presented “Convergence of Terrorism and Organized Crime” on the conference’s second panel titled “Terrorism Challenges: Origins and Impacts.”

He discussed the concept of convergence, then and now, and international responses. Then, he examined a case study on the attack at the Christmas Market in Berlin on Dec. 19, 2016 before providing recommendations.

His recommendations included priorities, institutional, cooperation, legislative, standards and operational.

“A lively discussion followed (this panel) featuring the question of an eventual nexus between security challenges and migration, societal, resilience, and legislative and institutional reforms needed to face these new threats,” von Münchow said.

Regional Arms Control Verification and Implementation Assistance Center is also known as the Center for Security Cooperation. It is an international, independent, regionally-owned organization, with the mission to foster dialogue and cooperation on security matters in South Eastern Europe through a partnership between the countries of the region and their international partners.

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung is a German political party foundation associated with but independent of the center-right Christian Democratic Union.