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.


CESS resumes its work with the Georgian Parliament


CESS is happy to announce that it has obtained funding from the UNDP in Georgia to resume its important work with the Georgian Parliament. Following the successful implementation of two programmes funded by the Dutch government and aimed at increasing the support capacity of the Defence Committee in the Georgian Parliament, between 2009 and 2011 and in 2013, CESS will initiate a training and coaching project between August 2014 and December 2015 for five different parliamentary committees.


25 years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall


In November 2014, CESS will organise a multi-day-event in the context of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which happened exactly 25 years ago. If we want to understand todays perceptions of peace, democracy and security, it is of the utmost importance to keep the memory of the Cold War alive.


CESS Movie

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SSR training: Simulation Exercise

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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).