The seminar aimed to address the issue of the absence of a state-level BiH Security Policy. One of the main problems was that there lacked sufficient means and knowledge in order to commence any development, and thus the objectives were to provide a forum in which the most pertinent issues relating to security policy could be discussed, and to provide practical examples of security policy implementation from different states. The participation of experts with a sound knowledge of security policy development ensured that the necessary background and information was provided to those tasked with the development of this most important document.

The seminar consisted of four sessions, covering essential issues relating to security policy development: new concepts of security policy, institutional approaches to security policy, models of security policies applied in European countries, and perspective of security policies of countries from the neighbouring states and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

At the end of the seminar, participants were presented with a security policy concept, which outlined the basic parameters and contents of a security policy for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Those present agreed in principle that the security policy should contain, inter alia, expanded elements of foreign, defence, internal security, economic and financial, and intelligence policies; as well as providing for appropriate disaster management and prevention techniques. This concept paper was further developed in the CSS”s Security Policy Project, expanded through a series of round-tables, addressing each of the main policy areas .