Welcome to CESS

Our office is in the Dutch city of Groningen, but our experts live all over the world. Our mission is to promote transparency, accountability and effectiveness in the field of security.

In our programmes we engage in training and coaching on good governance issues, parliamentary oversight, process management in parliaments and Security Sector Reform (SSR). We provide training (including training of trainers) and develop training material for practitioners in government agencies, parliament, media and civil society. We teach all over Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Watch our 5-minute video or read our SSR brochure for more information.

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Working on Transitional Justice in Moldova


One of the issues hindering the advancement of the Transnistrian settlement negotiation process is a significant number of criminal cases. Elsewhere, transitional justice has provided a crucial component to settlement processes that created space for the addressing of difficult cases where ordinary measures of criminal justice were either insufficient, or acted as a roadblock to building confidence and trust among parties to negotiations.

The ”Fostering Transitional Justice: Developing, Testing and Applying a Mechanism for the Moldovan Context” project that the Centre for European Security Studies is implementing from August 2017 to March 2018 aims to develop a Transitional Justice mechanism for the Moldovan context. 


High-level Kyrgyz delegation visits the Netherlands


Between 15-17 November 2017 CESS organised a study visit within the framework of the project on parliamentary oversight in Kyrgyzstan. A delegation of five Members of Parliament and two staffers from the International Affairs, Defense and Security Committee of the Parliament of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan visited several governmental and non-governmental institutions in the city of The Hague. 


CESS Movie

CESS The Movie

SSR training: Simulation Exercise

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CESS SSR Courses

At this moment CESS offers the following SSR Courses:

  • SSR Introductory Course
  • SSR Advanced Course
  • Defence Course
  • Law Enforcement Course
  • Intelligence Course
  • Disaster Relief
  • Training of Trainers

CESS SSR Training

Key elements of the CESS SSR training:

  • Interactive
  • 3-5 day courses
  • Simulation exercise
  • Groups of max. 20 participants
  • Experienced trainers
  • Tailor made

See our SSR Training Brochure (PDF).