10th Belgrade Security Forum titled “No Trust – No Peace” begins this week

Belgrade Security Forum 2020

BELGRADE – Lack of trust and solidarity in international relations, COVID-19 pandemic, and state of democracy and state capture will be the main topics of the 10th Belgrade Security Forum titled “No Trust – No Peace”, which will take place online in October.

European Western Balkans will again be the strategic media partner of this year’s event.

During the six days throughout October, the BSF will address Belgrade–Pristina dialogue, future of Europe and the Western Balkans, the US elections, technology and privacy, anti-western narratives in the Western Balkans, depopulation, a crisis of democracy and solidarity. More than 20 online panels, sessions, discussions and special events will be organized as a part of celebratory 10th Belgrade Security Forum.

Some of the speakers at this year’s BSF will be Miroslav Lajčák, EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue and regional issues, Matthew Palmer, Deputy Assistant Secretary United States Department of State, Olivér Várhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, EU Commission, Tomáš Petříček, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Susanne Schütz, Director for South-East Europe, Turkey and the EFTA States, German Federal Foreign Office, Ivan Krastev, Centre for Liberal Studies, Bulgaria, and Majlinda Bregu, Secretary-General, Regional Cooperation Council.

Session in partnership with European Western Balkans

On Tuesday, 20 October, in partnership with European Western Balkans, Belgrade Security Forum will organize the session “Anti-Western Narratives In The Western Balkans: Threat To Euro-Atlantic Integration?”.

The session will address the key sources of anti-Western narratives in the Western Balkans and their purpose, how much can they damage the Euro-Atlantic integration of the region, how does the state of media freedom impact the prevalence of anti-Western narratives, and what should the Western actors do to address this problem.

The speakers on this session will be Florian Bieber, Professor of Southeast European History and Politics and Director of the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz and the coordinator of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG), Nikola Burazer, Programme Director at the Center for Contemporary Politics and Executive Editor at European Western Balkans, Jasna Jelisić, Head of the Western Balkans Task Force in the EEAS Strategic Communication and information analysis division, and Asya Metodieva, junior researcher at the Institute of International Relations in Prague, while the moderator of the session will be Tena Prelec, Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR), University of Oxford and BiEPAG member.