Belgrade Security Forum
From Istanbul to Vienna, Belgrade Security Forum presents the most relevant event where key actors meet and discuss foreign affairs and security policy in Balkans and Europe. Initiated by civil society organizations, it considers different perspectives and opinions and contributes to resolution of most pressing issues.
Launched in 2011, the Belgrade Security Forum (BSF) has rapidly become one of the most vibrant regional initiatives in security dialogue. It aims to create a relevant policy venue that will contribute to the development of a security community in the Balkan region as well as providing a meaningful contribution to the ongoing European and global security discussion. The BSF intends to create a viable national network of stakeholders who will continue to engage in regular discussions and consultations on various security and foreign policy issues. The central event is an annual high-level conference held in Belgrade in fall each year.
Hosted by three partner civil society organizations – the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy and the European Movement in Serbia – the Forum provides a place where Balkan policy- and opinion-makers, as well as members of the academic community and civil society, meet with their counterparts from other parts of the world in order to exchange views on pressing security issues of the day.
BSF core values and mission:
- Europe as a community of values, with a stronger foreign and security policy
- The Balkans (South East Europe) as an actor and subject of global debates
- Nurturing the greater and mutual instead of particular interests
- Democratization of “high politics” by insisting on a culture of an inclusive dialogue
- Debates that are topical and insightful
- Autonomous, made by three civil society organizations
Strategic goals of the BSF 2016-2020
1. Point of reference and “the place to be” in order to discuss key developments in the Balkans
2. BSF advances the debate on the issues Europe faces and informs the region accordingly
3. Belgrade Security Forum calls for Balkans’ contribution to resolving some of the key issues Europe faces, including, for instance, how to strengthen Europe’s global “actorness”
4. Strengthening the BSF community