FUTURE MEMBERS TO BE INCLUDED IN EU FUTURE DISCUSSION European Union and its neighborhood policy were the topic of the second panel “The EU and its Peripheries” held at Belgrade Security Forum earlier today.... Read
ENLARGEMENT FATIGUE WILL NOT DISCOURAGE SERBIA The key note speech of the second day of the Belgrade Security Forum was delivered by the Prime Minister of Serbia, Mr. Aleksandar Vučić. “We will not lose a single day in making Serbia a much better country than it used to be”, said Prime Minister. In order to make changes, we have to change our mindsets, he continued.... Read
BELGRADE FOLLOWING BERLIN AND WALES On the second day of the Belgrade Security Forum, on the behalf of the organisers, Ms. Sonja Licht, president of the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, expressed her delight to the fact she was able to welcome guests to the Forum for the fourth year in a row. “This is the first gathering of experts and policy makers after the summit in Berlin and NATO summit in Wales”, she emphasized.... Read

FOCUS ON POSITIVES ASPECTS OF SHARED HISTORY

In front of the panelist of the Evening Panel: Serbs and Albanians in 2025 as Friends and Allies: How do we Get There? was a rather difficult task to answer whether Serbs and Albanians can overcome present problems and focus their attention on positive shared history and common ground in solving economy issues, freedom of movement, education, etc. It is found that creating common market and investing in business development could lead to progress on various levels. However, those 11 years may still not be enough time for a friendship and alliance.

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1325: Issue of Security not a Gender Issue

Plenary Panel 3 Could 1325 be a new Frame of Reference: From Local and Global and Back reflected on the UN Security Council Resolution celebrating its 15 anniversary next year.

Future Members to be Included in EU Future Discussion

It would be beneficial to have candidate member states to take part in the debate on future of Europe. In fact, those countries should offer new energy and including them in discussion of new policies makes it easier for them to prepare for the EU membership.

New Uncertainties, but Not a New Cold War

Most important issues included the Ukraine crisis and its effects to the relations between the EU and Russia. The question posted was whether it will have an impact on Serbia and other Balkan countries, and what role would Asian giants play in it.

Transatlantic Trends in 2014

The first day of the Belgrade Security Forum will be remembered by the Transatlantic Trends Report 2014 which was presented and explained by Ms. Constanze Stelzenmüller, Senior Transatlantic Fellow GMF, and later discussed with Ambassadors Mr. Michael Kirby, US Ambassador to Republic of Serbia, Mr. Michael Davenport, Head of the European Delegation in Serbia, Mr. Giuzeppe Manzo, Ambassador of the Republic of Italy in Serbia, and Mr. Goran Svilanović, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council.

FAILING TO FACE THE PAST

The last panel of today's Academic Event titled Memory and (In)Security in the Former Yugoslavia discussed the construction of collective memories in the Former Yugoslavia. Memory was found to be powerful and useful resource often used by politicians to spin the debate from internal to external affairs. Failing to face the past contributes to the raise of insecurity in the region.

Historical Analogies to Perserve Image of Importance

Second panel of the Academic Event titled Memory and Historical Analogies in World Politics was dedicated to the question how politicians, academics and general public use history to achieve certain goals and present themselves as important in the global arena. Newest conflicts and crisis in Europe and elsewhere are bringing new light to this phenomenon.

(Mis)Use of Collective Memories

Initial panel "Theorizing Memory/Security Nexus" held at the Academic Event saw presentation of four papers digging into matters of historical and collective memory, social narratives, and misuse of historical analogies for political purposes.

Academic Event Opened the Fourth BSF

The Fourth Belgrade Security Forum started today with the Academic Event. Professor Iver Neumann, Montague Burton Professor of International Relation at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, delivered the key note speech "I Remember When Russia was a Great Power".

BSF app now available for Android and iOS

Belgrade Security Forum is proud to offer its attendees customized event application for this year’s event developed in cooperation with the CONFI Company from Slovakia. The BSF CONFI app will enable its users to view all info about the conference, agenda, speakers, venues, etc. It will allow them to favorite specific sessions and speakers and receive notification on upcoming favorite session or speaker.