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.

Security Sector Reform (SSR)

In our programmes we engage in training, research and consultancy, mostly on Security Sector Reform (SSR). We provide SSR training (including training of trainers) and develop training material for practitioners in defence, law enforcement, intelligence and other government agencies, parliament, media and civil society. We teach SSR 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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Meet CESS's Partner


Since the summer of 2014, CESS has been in cooperation with the Centre for Democratic and Participatory Governance (CDPG). Our two organisations have been working jointly towards our mutual goals within the established parliamentary programmes in Macedonia and Georgia, kindly funded respectively by the Dutch Embassy in Skopje and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). While CESS is responsible for the training trajectory in both projects, CDPG is responsible for the coaching trajectory, which provides a lasting affect for our work.


25 Years After the Fall of the Wall Event


From 3 to 6 November 2014, CESS organised an event to commemorate the Fall of the Berlin Wall. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall which means that the new generation of students has not experienced this period in history. This makes it especially important to reflect on it and establish a connection to today’s security issues. In order to paint a clearer picture of the Cold War and its aftermath, we aimed at including persons who have played an active role during that period.

This multi-day-event, which was generously funded by the Dutch Vfonds (Nationaal Fonds voor Vrede, Vrijheid en Veteranenzorg), successfully linked today’s security perceptions to the past, and drew the attention of a wider audience than students. The event was generously funded by the Dutch Vfonds (Nationaal Fonds voor Vrede, Vrijheid en Veteranenzorg).


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).