The Szeged Center for Security Policy
is a joint project of the Municipal Government of the City of Szeged, the
Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the University of Szeged.
The Center functions as a public
The Center has its headquarters
at Oroszlán u. 2, H-6720 Szeged.
The above aims define the activities and tasks of
the Center. Of these the following are especially important:
The foundation has been set up by the founders to
carry out the following public tasks on its own initiative:
promotion of the Euro-Atlantic integration of the
setting up and strengthening of relations and
of dialogue between the Euroregion and the Balkan countries;
speeding up the process of democratisation in the
promotion of respect for human rights;
the prevention of crises;
the extension of the body of knowledge on the region;
the dissemination of accurate information;
the setting up of a venue for communication between
the Balkans, East-Central Europe and Western Europe;
providing support for research in the field
of security policy;
participation in the preparatory and education programs
under the working groups of the South-West European Stability Pact where
they concern human rights issues;
The activities of the Center are built on three pillars:
The Center as a non-partisan regional organisation
wishes to play a pivotal role in the professional and accurate information
of the public in general and young people and their teachers in particular
concerning the foreign and security policy, Euro-Atlantic integration and
the future of the country.
The Center aims at establishing wide-ranging co-operation
with domestic and foreign professional organisations, scholars and with
international state, public and non-governmental organisations which are
important for individual citizens, society as a whole and the security
of the region and of Europe.
In carrying out the activities defined when enumerating
the basic principles, the Center wishes to form a link between the Balkans
and Central Europe as well as Western Europe.
The Center wishes to provide opportunities for politicians,
diplomats, military leaders, captains of industry and leading scholars
of the region to address the public and express their opinion thereby contributing
to the solution of human rights problems in the region.
In line with its basic principles the Szeged Center
for Security Policy aims at providing assistance to researchers who are
studying complex security issues and related economic, social, political,
technological, environmental, military, public safety and human rights
1. scientific research
3. dissemination of knowledge
In order to realise these objectives, the Center
will engage in the following activities:
The Center will organise a major annual conference.
Between the annual conferences, the Center will organise seminars for politicians,
diplomats, military leaders, prominent businessmen coming from neighbouring
countries. Forums and public lectures on security policy are also envisaged
with the participation of foreign and Hungarian experts for an intended
audience made up of the inhabitants of the region in general and university
students and young people in particular.
organisation of conferences
publication and programming
organisation of public lectures
providing funding for attendance at conferences
The Center will use these events to show the
audience the components of our young democracy at local, county and national
level, to explore the workings of local government and to examine the security
policy aims and economic opportunities of Hungary and other regional players
(Austria, Slovakia, the Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Macedonia,
Greece, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia)
The Center will provide an opportunity to representatives
of the countries of the region to express their opinion and make
contact with each other.
The Center will also provide a working channel
of communication between international organisations (UN, OSCE, EU, WEU,
NATO, WB, EBRD etc) and political, business and scientific organisations
in the region.
Drawing on its scientific background and a Hungarian
and foreign network of experts, the Szeged Center for Security Policy is
capable of providing quick analysis of topical events concerning Hungary
and the region as well as to adopt a well-founded position and provide
Through these events the Center will contribute
to the Euro-Atlantic integration of the region, to the establishment and
strengthening of relations and dialogue between the Euroregion and the
Balkan countries, to the speeding up of the process of democratisation,
to the building of confidence and security, to the prevention of crises
and under the given circumstances to the organisation of conferences on
The Szeged Center for Security Policy is in a
position to meet the necessary personnel and objective requirements
including suitable lecture halls. The establishment of an information center
and a reference library is underway.
The Center will seek to cover the costs of this
year’s programs relying on its own resources (founding capital, funding
by the local government of Szeged, donations of companies working in the
region and contributions from international organisations) as well as grants
won in successful applications.
Centre for Security Policy 2000.