Centre for Democracy and Human Rights - CEDEM

CEDEM is the oldest political think tank in Montenegro, which was registered on July 15, 1998 with a mission to raise awareness on the importance of successful democratic transition; to research, analyze and follow process of transition; and to contribute to strengthening civil society and democratization process as a whole. Further, due to policy research and advocacy capacities, CEDEM provides accurate and easily accessible analysis, in-depth policy papers and needs assessments in the field of human and minority rights, rule of law and security sector reform. 

According to the Programme of Think-tanks and civil society research, conducted by the University of Pennsylvania in the United States, CEDEM was ranked among 10 leading think-tank organizations from Central and Eastern Europe. CEDEM's work is divided along three basic program strands: Social Inclusion; Rule of Law and Human Rights, and Security and Defense Reform. CEDEM has a Steering Committee (three members), executive director and six employees (three of whom are female) as well as a wide network of associates and collaborators.
Security is one of the most important preconditions for the realization of democracy, rule of law and human rights. CEDEM deals with monitoring security sector reform as well as international and regional security dynamics, with special focus on Montenegro. Based on research findings, CEDEM publishes analysis and recommendations addressed to lawmakers, government officials, representatives of security institutions, civil society, etc. Within this department, CEDEM implemented two regional projects. "Civil Society Capacity Building for Mapping and Monitoring Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans 2008-2011" produced publications and reports in various areas of security sector reform (transparency, democratic control and oversight, representation, etc.). CEDEM had become one of the seven members of a regional consortium of independent research centers in Western Balkans, and with the cooperation of this consortium and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) from Oslo, CEDEM also implemented a second research project, "To what extent is a security community being built in the Western Balkans?" CEDEM has written a paper on Montenegrin intelligence service and its reforms, which was published in the journal of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

Contact:
CEDEM - Centre for Democracy and Human Rights
George Washington Boulevard 51/III, 48
81 000 Podgorica, Montenegro
Phone/fax: +382 20 234 114; +382 20 234 368
info@cedem.me
www.cedem.me

Nenad Koprivica is the Executive Director at the Centre for Democracy and Human Rights - CEDEM, think tank from Montenegro, since 2005. He was a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Montenegro from 2006 to 2014 on the following subjects: Fundamentals of diplomacy, International political relations, Diplomatic negotiations and EU integration. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Political Science, working on the thesis Political conditions of the Western Balkan integration into European Union. He previously graduated from Faculty of Law, University of Montenegro and also holds the Master degree in European Studies from the University of Bonn, Germany. His major interests are: diplomacy, international political relations and Euro-Atlantic integrations. He was Country Coordinator for Swiss Peace foundation from 2006-2008 and the President of YATA Montenegro (Youth Atlantic Treaty Association) 2007-2008. Currently, he is a member of the working group for drafting Montenegrin Law on asylum and a member of Board of Directors of the Association of Youth with disabilities in Montenegro. He is also a member of the BiEPAG (The Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group).