The Centre for Security Studies (CSS), established in 2001, and located in Sarajevo, is an independent research, educational and training enterprise dedicated to encouraging informed debate on security matters and to promoting and sustaining democratic structures and processes in foreign and security policy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in the region of South-East Europe.

The Centre for Security Studies comprises of a core local staff with diverse background and experience in security and related studies.

The Director of the Centre is Denis Hadžović, PhD.

Since its establishing in 2001, Centre CSS has earned a reputation as one of the leading civil society organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina specializing in research and education. In response to widespread legacies of the tragic war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, of 1992-1995, progressively lower and stagnating quality of democracy in the (re) emerged and established country. With the aim of developing and encouraging scientific and policy based research that reaches across traditional /ex-Yugoslav/ academic and geographic boundaries in the study of not only security issues, but also of the wider range of political, economic and social influences post-war peace building, reconstruction, reconciliation and Bosnia’s European integration.

Center for Security Studies BIH works to generate knowledge and provide policy, management and capacity strengthening solutions to problems caused by safety and security issues in post-war Bosnia. The topics covered by the research group include, but are not restricted to, securitization, democratic control and oversight, corruption, transparency and accountability of the security sector, police and military reforms, political violence, peace-building, conflict management, migration, and foreign policy. Overall, the Centre for Security Studies BIH is dedicated to improving the quality of governance in the country and in the region of Western Balkans.

-To activate and to encourage the application of mechanisms of civil management that promote the development of democratic institutions through the education of young experts in democratisation, best practices, security policy making, planning and implementation;

-To foster a culture of regional cooperation, understanding and tolerance that will solidify and build upon the efforts of the international community, encompassing the principles of Articles II and IV of Annex 1B of the Dayton Peace Accords together with the European Union Regional Approach towards greater regional collaboration;

-To improve existing practice and knowledge in the field of education that will equip young security experts with the necessary tools to convey a vision of the Southeast European region towards the realization of both the future landscape of Europe and the obligations that further membership of European security and political organizations will incur;

-To establish a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and greater cooperation in the field of security towards lasting endeavours in the creation of peace and multi-ethnicity;

-To develop the security policy using the experience of other countries in the management of transition and preparation for integration into EU and NATO structures;

-To improve inter-entity co-operation within the domain of security tasking and evaluation of the current security situation in the sub-region and recommendations for its improvement;

-To develop the creation of confidence building measures and prevention of conflict, as well as the restoration of a system of continuous sub-regional co-operation;

-To establish a framework of co-operation and communication between politicians and experts from the region of Southeast Europe;

-To address critical security issues and to pledge for the creation of a common regional strategy for the resolution of collective issues of concern (organised crime, terrorism, corruption, trade of human beings, illegal migration);

-To research the development of security issues – having in mind a multi-disciplined dimension of security;

-To work towards the re-establishment of a legislative framework, through the adoption of laws, regulations and rights;

-To work towards the adoption of international standards of internal security and democratic control of the police, armed forces and security services.

The Centre for Security Studies is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit making organisation and as such is reliant upon the donations and contributions of supporters for the continuation of its work.

The list of previous sponsors include:

-European Union

-UNDP Office Sarajevo

-NATO HQ Sarajevo

-Bonn International Centre for Conversion (BICC)

-Friedrich Ebert Stiftung BiH

-Government of the Republic of Hungary

-UK Department for International Development BiH (DFID)

-International Trust Fund – Slovenia

-Open Society Institute Budapest

-European Commision

-Saferworld, Great Britain

-Delegation of the EU Commision in BiH

-USAID through Urban Institute from Washington

-Government of Switzerland

-NATO – Public Diplomacy Division

-Balkan Trust for Democracy, Belgrade

-Heinrich Boll Foundation in BiH

-International Visegrad Fund

-NATO Science for Peace and Security

-Centre for European Security Studies (CESS), The Netherlands

-East West Institute

-Geneva Centre for Democratic Control over Armed Forces

-Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)

-Government of Canada

-Government of the Federal Republic of Germany

-Government of the Kingdom of Belgium

-Government of the Kingdom of Norway

-Government of the Kingdom of Sweden

-Government of the Hellenic Republic

-Government of the Republic of Italy

-Government of the United Kingdom

-North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, Office of Information and Press

-OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina

-Stabilisation Forces (SFOR) – Camp Butmir

-Office of the Special Representative of the CiO for Articles II and IV of Annex 1B, Dayton Peace Agreement, OSCE

The Centre for Security Studies BiH (CSS) invites interested students to apply for an internship at CSS.

The Centre for Security Studies (CSS), founded in 2001 is located in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is an independent research, educational and training enterprise dedicated to encouraging informed debate on security matters and to promoting and sustaining democratic structures and processes in foreign and security policy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in the region of South-East Europe.

CSS’s activities focus primarily on the following aspects of security: reform of security sector in BiH as well as in SEE, defence matters, police and intelligence issues, civil-military relations, democratic oversight of the security sector, small arms and light weapons, regional conflict prevention and peace building measures.


Duration of the internship

1 to 6 months



-Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in security studies, political science, international relations, economics, or another relevant academic discipline


-Fluency in English

-Clear interest in security matters




The work of interns in the CSS will include background research, task on CSS projects, assisting the preparation of the political/security analysis/reports, co-ordination with local and international agencies, assisting the organisation of seminars, workshops and training programs organised by CSS, etc. Every intern will contribute to one or more of CSS’s projects and will have one CSS staff member as her/his direct associate and supervisor.




CSS is not able to provide remuneration to interns. In addition, interns must arrange their own health/accident insurance for the period they are at CSS.

If you are interested, please send a letter or email expressing your interest and a Curriculum Vitae (CV) to CSS at the address below. Please indicate in the letter the aspects of security issues that you are specifically interested in and the preferred period of the internship.


Current Interns:

Marija Vishinova, MIREES Interdisciplinary Research and Study on Eastern Europe, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy

Angela Aiello, MIREES Interdisciplinary Research and Study on Eastern Europe, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy


Former Interns:

Giulia Stefano, MIREES Interdisciplinary Research and Study on Eastern Europe, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy

Timur Hatibovic, MA International Relations and Diplomacy, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Sarajevo, BiH

Elliot Short, Doctoral Candidate, UEA School of History, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk, UK

Lena Safi, MA Post-War Recovery Studies, University of York, UK

Haris Kamberovic, MA ERMA Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe, University of Sarajevo (BiH) and University of Bologna (Italy)

Max Resic, BA Law and International Relations, ACU, Australia

Benjamin Plevljak, MA Security and Peace Studies, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Sarajevo, BiH

Anel Hadzic, MA International Relations, IGO and NGO, Law Faculty, University Jean Moulin – Lyon III, France

Diana Suljevic, Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, Sarajevo, BiH

Dinka Hajric, International University Sarajevo, Sarajevo, BiH

Amra Dzonlic, International University Sarajevo, Sarajevo, BiH

Nidzara Helja, Earlham College, B.A. in Peace and Global Studies, Richmond, Indiana, USA

Almir Dzebhanic, “Logos center” College, Security Studies, Mostar, BiH

Michael Littlehale, M.A. in International Relations and International Organizations, University of Groningen, The Netherlands 

Carlos de Nadal Borras, University of Barcelona, B.A. in Economics, Barcelona, Spain

Mirza Dedic, University of St Andrews, M.Litt in Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies, St Andrews, Scotland, UK

Lana Maravic, Anglo-American University, B.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy, Prague, Czech Republic

Susanna Thiel, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena, B.A. in Political Science and History, Germany

Emin Eminagic, Central European University, Nationalism Studies, Budapest, Hungary

Viktoria Potapkina, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, PhD in Political and Social Sciences, Spain

Heidi Hulinger, School of Public Policy, University College London, London UK

Adna Hodzic, Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, Department of Economics, Sarajevo, BiH

Gulsen Devre, International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies, University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Daniel Polimac, MA Faculty of Criminalistics, Criminology and Security Studies, University of Sarajevo, BiH

Ozum Iseri, MA Southeast European Studies, University of Athens, Greece

Sinan Mueller-Karpe, MA History of International Relations, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany

Sabine Dankbaar, Research Master Modern History and International Relations and a Propedeuse Law, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Annmarie Weiman, Master in International Relations and International Organization, Rijks Universiteit Groningen, The Netherlands

Lejla Abdulahovic, B.A. International Relations and Intercultural Studies, Dublin City University

Nadia Nawivala, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts USA

Cornelius Friesendorf, PhD – Lecturer, Geneva School of Diplomacy & International Relations

Sofia Sebastian, Doctoral Research, London School of Economics, UK

Vera Mironova, PhD in Economics, State University of New York, USA

Haris Secic, Graduate in Politics, Faculty of political sciences, University in Sarajevo

Kerim Hadziabdic, Undergraduate student of Political Science International Islamic University Malaysia

Nerkez Opacin, International Relations, International University of Sarajevo

Sanja Mihajlovic, MA in Politics, Security and Integration, School of Slavonic and East-European Studies, University College London, UK

Florence Gaub, PhD candidate in Political Science, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

Ivana Micic, MA in Politics Security Integration, School of Slavonic and Eastern-European Studies, University College London, UK

Mariangela Fittipaldi, MA in European Advanced Inte

Elizabeth Carey, Doctorate in Political Science/International Relations, University of Pantheon-Assas in Paris, France (2005)

Ana Elisa Juncos, PhD student at Loughborough University, UK (2005)

Four students from “Security Studies”, University of Sarajevo (2003)

Two postgraduate candidates from the Interdisciplinary postgraduate study Programme Sarajevo-Rome (2003)

Two postgraduate candidates from:

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen University of Groningen / The Netherlands

Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen, University of Nijmegen / The Netherlands


For further information please contact:


Centre for Security Studies BiH

Branilaca Sarajeva 13/1

71 000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Fax. (387) 223 250

Tel. (38733) 262 455

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