Institute for Corporate Security studies - ICS contributed to the excellent performance of the international conference entitled "The challenges of countering terrorism in South East Europe”

07. October 2011

Institute of Corporate Security Studies, with its contribution in the organization of an international conference entitled "The challenges of countering terrorism in the region of Southeastern Europe" proved to be able to transfer their knowledge in the wider international environment.

On 27 September, a ceremony took place in the General Maister auditorium of the Kadetnica building in Maribor. It marked the opening of a three-day international conference entitled “Counter Terrorism Challenges in the Region of South Eastern Europe”. This year’s conference will specifically on “Critical Infrastructure Protection – Today and Tomorrow”. After a reception with military honours the opening ceremony continued with introductory speeches by the representatives of conference organisers, namely Minister of Defence and President of the Honorary Committee of the international conference, Dr Ljubica Jelušič, U.S. Ambassadors to the Republic of Slovenia, Joseph A. Mussomeli, representative of the Center for Civil-Military Relations, USA, Dr Paul Clarke and Director of the Institute for Corporative Security Studies, Miran Vršec, MSc. The solemn speech and opening lecture was given by Dr Danilo Türk, President of the Republic of Slovenia.

The presentations and discussions at the conference provide different opinions and solutions regarding the processes of critical infrastructure protection, not only against terrorist threats, but also against the entire spectrum of threats that can limit or interrupt its smooth functioning. A wide selection of as much as 27 presentations within ten conference sections provided an insight into different segments of preventing terrorist threats in relation to critical infrastructure protection. It is also important to understand that positive experiences or organisational forms cannot be uncritically transferred to other systems, since this may cause more harm than good in a new environment. This year’s fourth conference includes representatives from 26 countries and all major international organisations, namely the United Nations, the EU, NATO and the OSCE.

Institute of Corporate Security Studies - ICS, together with the Center for civil military relations for Monterey published a book entitled "Counter-Terrorism Challenges Regarding the Processes of Critical Infrastructure Protection", which contains the latest findings in the field of risk management processes in protecting critical infrastructure.