Kosovar Centre for Security Studies

KCSS is an independent policy research centre founded in April 2008 and based in Prishtina, Kosovo. KCSS is dedicated to security sector development and reform in Kosovo and Western Balkans. It proactively promotes principle of good governance, integrity and resilience. KCSS will co-organise PeaceCapacity’s Pristina workshop (Work Package 4) alongside the University of Bristol and the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy. It will also contribute to Work Packages 7 and 8.

Founded in 2008, KCSS’s main interest remains to be development of security sector in Kosovo and Western Balkans based on the good governance. In almost a decade, KCSS has been building and offering alternative expertise in security studies, by filling a void in a limited academic contribution in the field in Kosovo.

The KCSS aims to enhance the effectiveness by supporting the SSR programs through its research, events, training, advocacy and direct policy advice. Advancing new ideas and social science methods are also core values of the centre. Each year, KCSS publishes numerous reports, policy analysis and policy briefs. It also, runs more than 200 public events including conferences, round-tables, and debates, lectures – in Kosovo, also in collaboration with regional and international partners. A wide-range of activities includes research, capacity-building, awareness and advocacy.

Participating Team members

Florian Qehaja

Florian Qehaja is the Executive Director of KCSS and one of the co-founders of KCSS. Florian is author of several scientific and policy publications in the security field. He serves as an international consultant on security issues cooperating with leading international governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Rudinë Jakupi

Rudinë Jakupi is employed as a Researcher at the Kosovar Centre for Security Studies on behalf of the Think Tank Young Professional Development Program for MA and PhD Graduates.

Work Packages


Pristina workshop: engaging ethnic and religious minorities


Lessons identified, lessons learned, and best practices


Dissemination and communication