Director, Kosovar Centre for Security Studies
Dr. Florian Qehaja is the Executive Director of Kosovar Centre for Security Studies (KCSS) and one of the co-founders of KCSS. Florian is author of several scientific and policy publications in the security field. He serves as an international consultant on security issues cooperating with leading international governmental and non-governmental organisations. He is coordinating the bilateral support of the Norwegian Ministry of Defence in the Ministry of Kosovo Security Force. He is non-resident advisor on CVE to the Director of Peacebuilding and Human Rights Programme of Columbia University. Florian Qehaja has a post-doc from Columbia University (SIPA) as a Fulbright Scholar He is a doctor of science on security studies from the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. His PhD topic was “Security Sector Development and the Problem of Local Ownership: Case of Kosovo”. Moreover, he has graduated at the University of Sussex (United Kingdom) in Contemporary European Studies (MA) as an OSI/Chevening grantee whereas, he obtained Bachelor’s Degree in Law at the University of Prishtina. His recent book is “International or Local Ownership? Security Sector Development in Post-Independent Kosovo” published by Westphalia Press (2017).
Peer reviewed publications
Policy research publications
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