I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.

George Burns

13 Russian citizens have been criminally charged in the United States for conspiring to “sow discord in the U.S. political system,” including the 2016 presidential election.


About us

The Security Expert Centre (SEC) is an independent, nonpartisan think tank that develops rigorous, pragmatic, and principled national security policies. SEC generates new research that examines the current international security environment, explains and forecasts the latest trends in foreign policy, and proposes concrete and implementable recommendations for government decision-makers.

The expert team at SEC undertakes original research and organizes public events and educational activities that aim to contribute to a more secure, sustainable, and just world. SEC publishes independent research and analysis by experts who go beyond traditional thinking on foreign affairs and make new connections for decision-makers and civil society actors on issues such as peace and stabilization, conflict and instability, energy and ecological security, migration, and the protection of human rights.

The SEC team does not take institutional positions on policy issues, and all views, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in our publications are the sole opinion of the authors.

Our mission is to inform and equip present and future leaders with the better policy on the greatest security challenges of today and tomorrow.


Our values


In our vision, a good democracy is a system in which all people have the power to make the real influence. We believe that this influence depends on having access to insightful information and analysis to make informed judgments. We strive to be as transparent as possible in all of our activities.


We believe that promoting democratic policies and building inclusive institutions is the best way to foster long-term peace, stability, and development for all. This requires bringing in the viewpoints and expertise of all stakeholders to develop the most nuanced and comprehensive perspectives.


We implement our activities in close cooperation with like-minded partners, especially think tanks and NGOs, other civil society actors, and the media, in order to enhance outreach. Our organization depends on the value of strong partnerships and cross-sectoral alliances.


We ensure the high quality of our research and the overall credibility of our work by the regular exchange of know-how with other think tanks and partners and the conduction of purely evidence-based research and analysis with academic rigour. We stand behind our views and guarantee the independence and integrity of our work.