Roundtable Discussion: “Debate on Security: Discussion of Security Barometer Findings with a Focus on the Armed Forces”In the framework of the project: Measuring citizens' attitudes towards security and justice in Albania

The Center for the Study of Democracy and Governance has conducted for the second year the Albanian Security Barometer 2020.

The Security Barometer reflects the attitudes and perceptions of Albanian citizens regarding internal and external security threats, the performance of security and justice institutions including importance, effectiveness, measures and actions of security-related policies.

The main purpose of the Security Barometer is to contribute on improving of evidence-based debate on security and linking policies and security to citizens’ concerns and expectations.

In a democratic system based on free elections and delegation of decision-making from citizens to public officials, the evaluation and reflection of citizens’ attitudes and expectations is a necessity in the designing of security policies as well as in the process of evaluating their implementation and effectiveness.

On the other hand, the Security Barometer provides a platform for in-depth analysis and initiation of study projects by scholars interested in issues of security, international relations and good governance of the security sector which play an important role in improving the security debate.

In this context this roundtable focused on presenting the findings of the Albanian Security Barometer and discussing with the staff and participants of the Senior Security and Defence Course at the Academy of the Armed Forces.

Given the interest of the audience, which is composed of Albanian and international military students, the discussion focused on security threats at different levels, attitude on NATO and EU on security, influence of other countries on security of Albania, perceptions on trust in security and justice institutions, parliamentary oversight of security sector.