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.
All programs in this segment:
BFPE offers comprehensive programs, adapted to the actual needs and challenges met at both local and national level of government, celebrating participant experiences while avoiding ex cathedra approach.
Balkan Dialogues are a project of the EastWest Institute implemented in partnership with the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence and with the support of the Balkan Trust for Democracy, which seeks to convene a series of high-level, discreet dialogues between experts from the European Union, the United States, Russia and China, as well as select participants representing the WB6 states. The principal goal of the Balkan Dialogues is to increase and deepen understanding and build trust between representatives of varying geopolitical interests present in the region today, and with nations of the Balkans, by providing a platform for discussion of those areas where competing interests or strategies could collide, and determining ways to mitigate and defuse tensions arising from this reality.
Comparative analysis of Western Balkans and Visegrad countries’ approach towards China
The aim of the study is to make a comparative analysis of this impact, which, on the one hand, is accepted as welcomed and it is considered that the benefits that come with it should be fully utilised. On the other hand, it raises skepticism and certain issues and questions related to the real nature of these investments.
Regional Academy for Democracy (RAD)
RAD aims to contribute to regional cooperation in the Western Balkans in the areas of democracy, human rights, justice and institution-building, capacity-building through a new generation of political leadership and facilitating their mutual understanding and cooperation.