Regional Security Knowledge Hub

About the project

Regional Security Knowledge Hub (RSKH) is an interactive portal envisaged as a knowledge hub and a reference point for various aspects of regional security theory and practices. The RSKH is integrated with the CIS-FPS academic web domain that encompasses its research and publishing activities.

This includes political, economic, environmental, societal and military aspects of regional security. The project’s scope corresponds to the comprehensive, broadened and widened concept of security that is the standard in the contemporary academic study in International Security Studies as a subfield of International Relations, as well as in the practice of international organizations such as the UN and the OSCE.

The leader of the project is the Center for International Security of the Faculty of Political Science (CIS-FPS) at the Faculty of Political Science (FPS) which co-publishes Journal of Regional Security with the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP), and being supported by the OSCE Mission to Serbia.

The RSKH shall address the need for a reliable source of scholarly knowledge and information with an ambition to foster an epistemic community for regional security questions and policy-relevant knowledge. This is to be done via two distinct streams of knowledge resources that are bounded by our goal to engage our key beneficiaries, the global community of scholars and students, in the dialogue about regional security dynamics and theory around the world.

In the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for online platforms for exchange among scholars and students has been massive.

The OSCE mission to Serbia has been co-operating with the Faculty of Political Science for more than a decade. The cornerstone of this co-operation has been the Mission’s support for the scholarship program for security-related MA and PhD studies at the Faculty, a part of the education component of the project Consolidating the democratization process in the security sector in Serbia. Until now, the Mission covered costs of more than 100 scholarships for young Serbian citizens.

In 2015, the Mission created the Alumni Network of scholarship recipients in order to provide more opportunities for academic development and interaction. Another complementary activity within the project is support for the Journal of Regional Security, as the flagship publication of the Faculty, which often includes world of the members of the Alumni Network. In order to enhance visibility/increase the reach of the Journal of Regional Security and provide more opportunities for academic and policy discussion on security issues, the Mission supports the development of the online platform entitled Regional Security Knowledge Hub (hereinafter referred to as RSKH).

Project Coordinator

Marko Kovačević holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from, and is currently an Assistant Professor at University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Science. His doctoral dissertation focuses on identity-role construction in the foreign and security policies of small states. His research interests broadly fit between theories of International Relations, international security studies and foreign policy analysis – with the focus on comparative regionalisms, statebuilding and various forms of state agency and practices within the United Nations system.

Most recently, his articles have been published in Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Journal of Contemporary European Studies and Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal. He is a member of International Studies Association, Academic Council on the United Nations System, European International Studies Association, and European Consortium for Political Research. He has served as Managing Editor of Journal of Regional Security since 2012.

Assistant Project Coordinator

Tijana Rečević is a Ph.D. candidate in International and European Studies, and a Junior Researcher at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Science. After obtaining BA and MA degrees in International Relations at the University of Belgrade, Tijana obtained MA in Conflict Studies from London School of Economics and Political Science, where she was awarded the Best Dissertation Award in the academic 2016/2017. Her doctoral research investigates the role of public opinion in foreign and security policy.

Through her academic publications and research projects, Tijana has acquired extensive knowledge in qualitative methods, including interviews, focus groups and ethnographic research, but she also has some experience in statistics. Tijana is skilled in using data analysis software NVivo and SPSS. In addition to her academic achievements, Tijana has work and consultancy experience with OSCE Mission to Serbia, UNHCR Representation in Serbia and EU Delegation to Serbia. She has served as Managing Editor of Journal of Regional Security since 2019. Most recently, her article has appeared in European Psychologist.