BSF 2017: BUILDING A COMMON FUTURE IN THE AGE OF UNCERTAINTY When it ended with Donald Trump’s victory, 2016 presented less than a clean break with the past, but rather a venture into the unknown. As the old order has been weakened, one thing became certain: no more “business as usual”. Leaders and movements that have capitalized on popular discontent are intent on offering a new worldview, which may appeal to many. A lot seems to be going their way: inequality has increased since 2008; democracy remains in retreat; many crises unsolved.... Read
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

CALL FOR PAPERS: The European Union as a Global Crisis Manager

The organizers of the Belgrade Security Forum (BSF) are pleased to invite security scholars and researchers to submit proposal papers for this year's Academic Event to be held on 11th October 2017 as a part of the BSF. Deadline for applications: 30 April 2017.

Sonja Licht for Robert Bosch Foundation's Magazine Peace

For years, the Belgrade Security Forum (BSF) has gathered experts and prominent players from the worlds of politics and business – and in many cases, brought together people that otherwise would not speak with each other. That accomplishment is down to Sonja Licht, organizer of the BSFand former Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow of the Robert Bosch Academy.

BSF 2017: Building a Common Future in the Age of Uncertainty

When it ended with Donald Trump’s victory, 2016 presented less than a clean break with the past, but rather a venture into the unknown. As the old order has been weakened, one thing became certain: no more “business as usual”. Leaders and movements that have capitalized on popular discontent are intent on offering a new worldview, which may appeal to many. A lot seems to be going their way: inequality has increased since 2008; democracy remains in retreat; many crises unsolved.

[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.