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).
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