VUČIĆ AND RAMA: EU OPPORTUNITY FOR IMPROVEMENT IN THE REGION The Grand Opening of the Belgrade Security Forum on the Future of Albanian-Serbian relations and the Stability of South East Europe was chaired by Misha Glenny and saw the participation of Serbian PM Aleksandar Vučić and Albanian PM Edi Rama. Glenny opened the debate by saying that these kinds of meatings send a strong message to Europe which currently is in a situation of profound crisis.... Read
SONJA LICHT: THE REGION MUST TAKE CARE OF ITSELF The welcoming speech at the Grand Opening of the Belgrade Security Forum 2016 was done by Sonja Licht on behalf of the BSF Steering Committee. She said that this event, the meeting of PMs Vučič and Rama at the Forum could not be expected five years ago.... Read
EU’S POPULISTIC ACTIONS ARE “FEEDING THE MONSTER” Sonja Stojanovic Gajic, Director of the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, gave the welcoming speech to the Academic Event of the 6th Belgrade Security Forum. The overall topic of this year’s Academic Event is “Migration, Security and Solidarity within Global Disorder”. She addressed the audience on behalf of the Forum organizers - Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, European Movement in Serbia, and Belgrade Centre for Security Policy.... Read
[BSF Op-Ed] Marko Savković: STAY ENGAGED WITH THE BALKANS
In setting up the Belgrade Security Forum, we started with one simple idea: how actors in the Balkans could also resolve crises, other than just bring new ones to the table. In doing so, we are fueled by the enthusiasm characteristic to newcomers, who still believe there is a common European future to be desired.
MORE DIALOGUE NEEDED FOR RESILIENT SOCIETIES IN EUROPE
The discussions within 25 panels of the Belgrade Security Forum have identified that politics led by fear and populism represent a main threat to democracies and is an engine perpetuating the global disorder. The times are changing and the business-as-usual must be discontinued in Europe.
CAN THE WORLD ORDER SURVIVE DEMOCRACY?
The topic of the Plenary Panel 3 Addressing Political instability and Weak Institutions in South East Europe was an ambitious one, as observed by its moderator Judy Dempsey. Participants stated that the problem in consolidating democracy in the region was interference of the international community. The lack of credibility and continuity in administrating the goals of the international community has harmed the process.
NEW EUROPEAN STRATEGY: BETTER WITH THAN WITHOUT
The goal of Plenary panel 2 The New European Security Strategy: EU in a global world and its transatlantic partners was to discuss the most recent EU Security Strategy. The first Security Strategy was written in 2003 with enthusiasm and high hopes for the future. However, many things have occurred since - enlargements, financial and migration crisis etc. – calling for drafting of a new security strategy in Europe. This panel examined whether the new security strategy holds answers to those challenges.
HANGING BY A THREAD: EU-TURKEY MIGRANTS AGREEMENT
Bojan Brkić, the host of the first Plenary Panel The Great Migration of our times? The Balkan piece in the EU puzzle, shortly explained the panel’s key issues – the challenges the migration crisis presents to the EU community, taking account of the legal, social and humanitarian dimensions. Experts of different positions tackled all the dimensions in an interesting debate.
SERBIA IS A SOLID, RELIABLE AND CONSISTENT PARTNER FOR NATO
The Grand Opening on Day 2 was followed by a Special Event discussing the improvements made in relations between Serbia and NATO since 2006. After a short introduction by the moderator Ivan Vejvoda portraying overall regional progress with NATO, the focus of the talk was on the excellent partnership between the organisation and Serbia where a membership is not needed when full cooperation is provided.
EU’S POPULISTIC ACTIONS ARE “FEEDING THE MONSTER”
Sonja Stojanovic Gajic, Director of the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, gave the welcoming speech to the Academic Event of the 6th Belgrade Security Forum. The overall topic of this year’s Academic Event is “Migration, Security and Solidarity within Global Disorder”. She addressed the audience on behalf of the Forum organizers - Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, European Movement in Serbia, and Belgrade Centre for Security Policy.