Chargé d’Affaires Hyland at the “Strategy and International Security” seminar

Good morning.  I want to thank the George C Marshall Centre and Kosovo Diplomatic Agency for organizing a seminar on such an important topic.

This seminar on Strategy and International Security addresses Kosovo’s vital interests and its engagement in the region and globally.

We are all dedicated to creating a world that is more peaceful and stable; united in our commitment to increase security and defend freedom. Providing a safe and secure environment is a key component to improving the quality of life of all citizens.  This requires law enforcement agencies to develop and employ innovative strategies to protect their communities.

Currently, we are experiencing some of the greatest law enforcement challenges ever.  Organized crime, illegal migration and violent extremism are serious cross-border threats in the region.  The issue of returning foreign fighters is a major concern, as is the appeal of extremism to youth, leading young people to commit themselves to fighting in other people’s wars with terrorist organizations abroad.

The fact that you are here today tells me that each of you understands one of the most important factors in effectively implementing a strategic level plan to counter international security risks is the development and implementation of a solid program that involves everyone working together. This seminar will address a variety of principles and approaches to International Security; it will review of Kosovo’s Security Sector Strategic Review (SSSR); and importantly Strategic Communications.

I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to share your challenges and successes with one another.  Just as importantly, I encourage you to take this opportunity to get to know one another personally.  There is a good chance that sometime, in the not-too-distant future, you will be investigating a case that will cross a border, thus crossing paths with one of your colleagues in this room.

On behalf of the U.S. Embassy, I wish you a productive and informative program. Congratulations and much continued success!