Promoting and networking of leaders

BFPE brings together men and women politicians, think-tankers, activists, and those people who make, implement, interpret and criticize decisions; confronts them with the circumstances of inaction; and seeks to move them away from the “comfort zone” in order to enforce the debate.

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Promoting and networking of leaders

Our concern is that the whole region of the Western Balkans – or South East Europe – is under threat of becoming (or remaining) a periphery, weakened by numerous bilateral disputes, without any real possibility to have influence on the ongoing global events. In the context of new divisions, continuing economic uncertainty and raising popularity of populist and extreme political options we believe that need for such dialogue, which is permanent and open for different opinions, has never been greater.

In this endeavor, BFPE brings together men and women politicians, think-tankers, activists, and those people who make, implement, interpret and criticize decisions; confronts them with the circumstances of inaction; and seeks to move them away from the “comfort zone” in order to enforce the debate.

Our activities in this program area include design, preparation and implementation of the Belgrade Security Forum (BSF) as the most prestigious conference of that type “from Vienna to Istanbul”, which is celebrating its six edition this year; and Belgrade Dialogues, the platform for dialogue and cooperation between key stakeholders in Europe and Belgrade on various issues related to Serbia’s development. Also, by networking professionals, in an alternative approach to peacebuilding, we intend to provide more support to the ongoing dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina.

Activities mentioned above BFPE is implementing together with the European Movement in Serbia and the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (regarding BSF), and Forum Serbia Germany (regarding Belgrade Dialogues). The list of our partners in this program area starts from BSF’s strategic partners: the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, the Balkan Trust for Democracy, the Robert Bosch Foundation, the European Fund for the Balkans and Open Society Foundations (OSF); but it also includes a number of actors from Kosovo, namely Pristina Institute for Political Studies, Institute D4D, NGO Aktiv, and Community Building Mitrovica.