Sonja Stojanović Gajić

EU-CIVCAP Staff Contributor

Sonja Stojanović Gajić has been BCSP Director since 2006. She holds an MA in Politics, Security and Integration with distinction from the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, University College London. She is currently a PhD candidate at the International Studies Department of the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade. She is the author of the methodology for measuring security sector reform (SSR) in transitional societies from the perspective of civil society tested in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia published in the Almanac of Security Sector Oversight in the Western Balkans. She is one of the lead researchers in the research on practices of security community-building “The Western Balkans from Conflict Zone to Security Community” as well as in the comparative review of implementation of UNSCR 1325 – Women, Peace and Security in the Western Balkans. Publications include Security Community Building in the Western Balkans, (with Filip Ejdus), Ashgate 2014, Odanović, Gorana and Stojanović, Gajić Sonja (eds.) (2013): Women, peace and security in the Western Balkans, (edited with Gorana Odanović), Belgrade: BCSP, and Stojanović, Sonja and (eds.) (2010): Gender and Security Sector Reform in Serbia, (edited with Kathrin Quesada), Belgrade: BCSP.

Articles Authored

Coordination and coherence in EU local capacity building (5 November 2018) - Deliverable 6.2 focuses particularly on coordination and coherence between international actors and local actors in the context of the implementation of local capacity building programmes in the Western Balkans and the Horn of Africa. While problems related to a lack of coherence have impinged upon the efforts of every international organisation and country involved in capacity building, in the case of large international organisations like the EU, internal coherence represents a specific challenge.



DL 5.1
Report on EU conflict prevention and peacebuilding in the Horn of Africa and Western Balkans

Authors: Peen Rodt, A., J. Tvilling, P.H. Zartsdahl, M. Ignatijevic, S. Stojanovic Gajic, S. Simons, K. Abdi, E. GilletteN. Habbida, J. Berglund and V. Fernandez Arguedas
Lead Institution: Royal Danish Defence College

Published: 30 October 2017

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DL 6.2
International capacity building in the Western Balkans and the Horn of Africa: Lessons on coherence and coordination

Authors: Algar-Faria, G.A.E. JuncosT. EdmundsS. Stojanovic GajicK. Đokić, E. Plänitz, K. Abdi and S. Simons
Lead Institution: University of Bristol

Published: 24 May 2018

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Working Papers

Title: Capacity Building for Security Sector Reform in Kosovo
Author: Sonja Stojanović Gajić
Month: September
EU-CIVCAP Working Papers
No.: 02–17
Pages: 1–41

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Work Packages


European and international responses to conflict early response


EU conflict prevention and peacebuilding in the Western Balkans and Horn of Africa


Local capacity-building strategies


Lessons identified, lessons learned, and best practices


Dissemination and communication

Institutional Affiliation

Belgrade Centre for Security Policy

As well as being one of the leading independent think-tanks in the Western Balkans, BCSP has considerable experience conducting research on gender and security governance, including in relation to peacebuilding.