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North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (C) reviews an honor guard of the NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Kosovo (KFOR) in Pristina during his first visit to Kosovo on January 23, 2015.

Kosovo lends strength to European and Trans-Atlantic security.

Securing Kosovo

April 2015, Number 06.02

“The Republic of Kosovo, the newest country in the Western Balkans, became a sovereign state on February 17, 2008, after 10 years under international administration. Kosovo has managed to build its institutions –– especially its security institutions –– by recognizing the importance of continuous improvement in their capacity to provide safety and security for its citizens. As part of that process, in March 2012, the government initiated the first Strategic Security Sector Review (SSSR) — a whole-of-government review of its security institutions. The purpose of the SSSR was to conduct a comprehensive analysis of all aspects of security in Kosovo to evaluate current and future security challenges, clearly define the roles of each institution to avoid duplication and maximize institutional capabilities, and identify capabilities to provide for the safety and security of Kosovo. Through this analysis, the SSSR has produced strategic-level policy guidance and concrete recommendations for Kosovo’s security sector...”

Excerpt from Faruk Geci, “Securing Kosovo,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  6, No. 2, 2015: 52-55.

Faruk Geci is director of the Policy and Plans Directorate in the Ministry of the Kosovo Security Force. He served as chief coordinator for Kosovo’s first Strategic Security Sector Review. He earned a master’s degree in national security from the Defense Academy in Albania, graduated from the Marshall Center’s Security Sector Capacity Building program in 2013 and was selected for the Marshall Center’s Scholars Program in 2014.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.