Belgrade Security Forum will be
hosting a conversation between Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg
and President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić on Monday, 8 October
2018 in Hyatt Regency Belgrade.
How will NATO-Serbia relations develop, which
are the areas with potential for greater cooperation, and what are the
practical benefits for citizens of our country and the region, are the main
topics of the dialogue organized by Forum’s founders – the Belgrade Fund for
Political Excellence, the Belgrade Center for Security Policy and the European
Movement in Serbia.
President of Serbia and NATO Secretary General,
moderated by Ms. Sonja Licht, will be discussing what Serbia hopes to achieve
by working together with NATO, which are the priorities of this cooperation and
how can Alliance’s predominantly negative perception in Serbia’s public opinion
change. Also discussed will be NATO’s priorities in the region of Western
Balkans, the future of KFOR and NATO’s contribution to ongoing efforts aimed at
modernization of Serbian Armed Forces.
The 8th Belgrade Security Forum, under the title
“Finding Answers Together to the New Normal” will be held from 17 to 19 October,
also in Hyatt, with the presence of,
Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen,
Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, Serbia’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabić,
European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel (pre-recorded video message), Deputy
Foreign Minister of Italy Emanuela Del Re, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
of the Czech Republic David Koneski, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for
European and Eurasian Affairs Matthew Palmer and other significant names of
regional and international foreign and security affairs, as well as numerous
talented researchers from the entire region of Western Balkans.
Central themes of the three-day gathering will
be the future of Western Balkans, development of relations within the European
Union, the growing importance of Asia and the changes brought by the fourth
industrial – digital – revolution. Also discussed will be the new phase of the
dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina; international community, domestic
actors and reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina; the impact of Germany and the
United States’ policies; the role of women in security; prospects for justice
and reconciliation; as well as relations between the West and Russia, turmoil
in the Middle East, the impact of high-level corruption on international
security, defense against propaganda and misinformation, and cyber security.
Traditionally, the Forum opens with an academic event that gathers young and
promising researchers. This time, they will discuss “How Conflict Sensitive is
EU Crisis Response?”
Launched in 2011 and ever since hosted by three
civil society organizations, the Belgrade Security Forum has since served as a
meeting point and place for dialogue. Today, “from Istanbul to Vienna”, BSF
represents one of the most prestigious events of its kind, bringing together
more than 100 speakers and close to 700 participants: decision and policy
makers, representatives of security institutions, civil society, international
and academic community from Serbia, the wider region, Europe and the world.