Second debate in the series of five on the relations of Serbia and NATO under the title Serbia and NATO – Partners for Security was organized in Novi Pazar on 11 May 2018. The event gathered around twenty representatives of local self-governments, civil society, media and academic community. The keynote speakers were Đorđe Popović – Program Coordinator in Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, Sead Biberović – Executive Director of Urban In and Branislav Pekić from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia.
This event took place with the aim of organizing serious and comprehensive debates on Serbia – NATO cooperation, as well as the implications of this cooperation for security, political stability, economy, investments and development, as well as the public safety of citizens on the local level of government. The topics for discussion varied from presenting the history of Serbia – NATO cooperation, over presentation of the official policy of Serbia on the cooperation with the Alliance to presentation of the activities Serbia undertakes within the Partnership for Peace program. Special topic was the position of Bosniak national minority in Serbia and the consequences of conflicts in the region, which can still be felt.
This debate was organized within the project A More Secure Region through Meaningful Partnership: Serbia-NATO Cooperation, Communicated Anew, which Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence implements with the support of the Royal Dutch Embassy in Belgrade. It is planned that these debates, apart from Novi Pazar will be organized in Novi Sad, Užice, Kragujevac and Kruševac.