The Centre for European Security Studies (CESS) is an independent institute for training, education, and coaching based in the Netherlands. Its aim is to promote transparency, accountability and effective governance. CESS seeks to advance democracy and the rule of law, help governments and civil society face their respective challenges, and further the civilised and lawful resolution of conflict.

CESS is international, multidisciplinary and collaborative. Its work is part of the European quest for stability, prosperity, and democracy both within and outside Europe. CESS encourages informed debate, empowers individuals, fosters mutual understanding on matters of governance, and promotes and sustains democratic structures and processes.


Two/three times a year CESS publishes a newsletter about security issues and commentaries.

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