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Day 1
06 Oct 2020

BSF Discussion: 10th Anniversary of the Belgrade Security Forum

From the very beginning, the Belgrade Security Forum (BSF) built its unique profile among similar events in Europe. It was envisaged and designed as a venue for dialogue that will...
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Sonja Licht
Igor Bandović
Zvezdana Kovač
Moderator: Marko Savković

BSF Discussion: What is at stake in the Eastern Mediterranean?

Discussion points: What is at stake in the Eastern Mediterranean? How can one alleviate Cyprus/Turkey’s concerns? Is military escalation possible? What role for the EU? Will it miss this chance...
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Nikos Tsafos
James Ker-Lindsay
Isabelle Ioannides
Moderator: Milan Krstić
Day 2
14 Oct 2020

BSF Discussion: Saving Democracy: Cooperation and Solidarity in the Aftermath of the Pandemic

Discussion points: How well has the international system weathered the pandemic? Who fared better: autocracies, or democracies? Will it matter in the end? Which lessons should the EU draw from...
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Ivan Krastev
Thomas Carothers
Moderator: Ulrike Guérot
Day 3
20 Oct 2020

Academic Keynote Speech: The Silence of the Systems: Informal Networks, Hidden Practices and Invisible Domination – Evidence from the Global Informality Project (In partnership With OSCE Mission to Serbia)

Abstract: This talk will take you on a journey of discovery, delving into the open secrets, unwritten rules and hidden practices in the workings of political systems. The paradox, or...
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Alena Ledeneva

Academic Panel 1: Which Theory Does Best Capture State Capture? (In partnership With OSCE Mission to Serbia)

Abstracts: Title: Whitewashing State Capture The ways in which governments communicate about particular cases of abuse of power and public resources can both legitimize them and encourage similar practices in...
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Andrea L. Capussela
Iurij Zarubin
Discussant: Miloš Resimić
Moderator: Dušan Pavlović


Abstracts: Promoting Stability and Facilitating State Capture This paper argues that the EU facilitated dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia – though presented as the primary means by which both would...
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Donika Emini
Christopher Jackson
Damir Kapidžić
Discussant: Marko Žilović
Moderator: Sonja Stojanović Gajić

Academic Panel 3: State Capture and Security In Serbia (In partnership With OSCE Mission to Serbia)

Abstracts: State Capture of and by Security Services in Serbia Two decades after the overthrow of autocratic regime of Slobodan Milosevic security services are not only far from being reformed...
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Predrag Petrović
Tena Prelec
Saša Đorđević
Discussant: Vladimir Đorđević
Moderator: Karsten Friis

Partner Session: Anti-Western Narratives in the Western Balkans: Threat to Euro-Atlantic Integration? (in Partnership with the European Western Balkans)

Discussion points: What are the main sources of anti-Western narratives in the Western Balkans and what is their purpose? How much damage can the anti-Western narratives do to Euro-Atlantic integration...
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Jasna Jelišić
Nikola Burazer
Florian Bieber
Asya Metodieva
Moderator: Tena Prelec

Partner Session: The Impact of Covid-19 on Organized Crime (in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Serbia, part of the MATRA program of the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs)

Discussion points:  In what way is the Covid-19 pandemic changing how organized crime groups operate and the threat they pose to our societies? How did organized crime groups respond to...
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Mark Shaw
Angela Me
Keith Ditcham
Sascha Strupp
Giuseppe Sorrenti
Moderator: Bojan Elek
Day 4
21 Oct 2020

Panel 1: The Depopulation Challenge: Shaping the Future Social, Political and Economic Landscape (in Partnership with UNDP and UNFPA)

Discussion points: What kinds of demographic futures can we expect in the region, Europe, and globally? How does demographic change affect votes, political culture, and priorities? Will population decline threaten...
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Darrell Bricker
Alanna Armitage
Ivo Belet
Tim Judah
Moderator: Mirjana Spoljaric Egger

Panel 2: Will the Pandemic Reshape or Accelerate History?

Discussion points: Are we witnessing the change in the world order and in what way? Who should be new leaders in the post-pandemic world? Did the pandemic bring more solidarity...
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Mikuláš Dzurinda
Bruno Maçães
Manuel Muñiz
Valerie Niquet
Joonseok Yang
Moderator: Maaike Okano-Heijmans

BSF In Conversation: Mainstreaming Right-Wing Extremism

Discussion points: What are the most important factors that contributed to the mainstreaming of far-right, and how they can be counteracted? Can bans and prohibitions – such as the legal...
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Sasha Havliček
Željko Jovanović
Moderator: Federico Ottavio Reho
Day 5
22 Oct 2020

Panel 3: Western Balkans, Emerging from the New Disorder (in Partnership with the Embassy of the Netherlands)

Discussion points: What are the main security concerns of the “illiberal equilibrium” in the region? Is the Balkan stabilocracy finally losing its shine? Is the future of Europe debate to...
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Olivér Várhelyi
Tomáš Petříček
Majlinda Bregu
Susanne Schütz
Robert de Groot
Moderator: Valerie Hopkins

Special Event of The Balkan Dialogues Initiative: Belgrade-Pristina: No Trust, No Solution (In partnership with Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Royal Norwegian Embassy)

The Balkan Dialogues initiative, hosted by the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence and the East West Institute, welcomes President Aleksandar Vucic, Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti, Special Representative Miroslav Lajcak and...
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Aleksandar Vučić
Avdullah Hoti
Miroslav Lajčák
Ryan Tully
Moderator: Cameron Munter

BSF Discussion: The World after the US Elections

Discussion points: Say Biden wins. What would be his first foreign policy priority? Trump emerges victorious. Which policies of his Administration are pursued in 2021? Is the trans-Atlantic alliance destined...
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Karen Donfried
Ivana Stradner
Constantine Arvanitopoulos
Moderator: Damir Marušić

BSF Address: Populism in the 2020s: Beyond the Populist Zeitgeist

Discussion points: Is there any guilt among us for the rise of populism? How do we proceed from here – where can we find members of new, progressive political elites...
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Cas Mudde
Moderator: Marko Savković
Day 6
27 Oct 2020

Partner Session: Defence cooperation beyond the alliance borders: What can the Balkans learn from Nordic countries?

Discussion points: What are the drivers of regional defence cooperation? How can the countries attain the necessary level of trust and confidence? What are the key challenges to defence cooperation...
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Lt Col Egil Daltveit
Karsten Friis
Kenan Dautović
Moderator: Marija Ignjatijević

Partner Session: Role of values in politics-oriented media narratives: lessons for Western Balkans (in Partnership with the Warsaw Security Forum and with the support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland)

Discussion points: What is the role of values in presenting the news? What is the link between the freedom of media and their ability to project narratives that promote the...
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Marija Ristić
Terry Martin
Łukasz Pawłowski
Moderator: Bartłomiej Kot

Partner Session: Trust as a Social Capital – UNDP Perspective

Discussion points: How do inclusive and transparent governance systems contribute to building trust in a society? What are the linkages between social cohesion and resilience to crises? What role can...
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Steliana Nedera
Aida Daguda
Svetlana Stefanović
Ajša Hadžibegović
Moderator: Alma Mirvić

Partner Session: Technology, Trust and Legitimacy: An Uneasy Relationship (in Partnership with the UNDP)

Discussion points: Balancing modernity and humanity: can we move forward and keep innovating, while also preserving and extending trust? Who can we trust in 2020? How to place humans (and...
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Niniane Paeffgen
Jovan Kurbalija
Hannes Grassegger
Marija Gavrilov
Moderator: Slobodan Marković

Special Event: Future of Europe and the Western Balkans (in Partnership with the European Fund for the Balkans)

Discussion points:     Are the Western Balkans partners put on hold until the Union finishes the future of Europe process? What reforms should the EU undertake in order to be...
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Srđan Majstorović
Simonida Kacarska
Reinhard Priebe
Nedim Hogić
Moderator: Aleksandra Tomanić