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    • Third Belgrade security forum gathered a 100 speakers and more than 400 participants

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    • Date: 21 September 2013
      Regional cooperation, Europian integrations and security chalenges like corruption and cyber criminal were some of the topics which were discussed during the third Belgrade security forum held from 19th to 21st September 2013. at Hyatt Regency hotel.

       

      At the Belgrade Security Forum 2013 were 500 participants from 35 countries-photo: Aleksandar Andjić
      At the Belgrade Security Forum 2013 were 500 participants from 35 countries-photo: Aleksandar Andjić

      The third Belgrade security forum gathered 100 speakers and more than 400 high officials from different countries, representatives from prestigious research and science institutes, civil society organizations, parliaments and media.

      Forum was organised with aim to intensify high quality debate on security, international relations and responsibility to find solutions for the current security challenges. Within the topic "Is the state in the process of (de)construction? Risks and responses from the Balkans and beyond", 22 discussions were held.

      Academic event

      Again, the Forum started with the Academic session, but this year the discussion was the result of a BCSP research project The Security Transitions in the Western Balkans: From Conflict Zone to Security Community.

      Academic event attracts more and more attention
      Academic event attracts more and more attention

      Participants of the Academic event were first addressed by H.E. Nils Ragnar Kamsvèg, Ambassador of Norway in Serbia and Sonja Stojanović Gajić, BCSP director. Main topic of discussion during the Academic event was transformation of diplomacy and security professions in international security. The keynote speech was given by senior researcher at the ARENA Centre for European Studies in Oslo‚ Dr Mai’a K. Davis Cross. A discussion during the three panels revealed new trends in the transformation of diplomacy and security professions in the Balkans, both within and beyond the state. The most discussed topics were the role of traditional (face to face) diplomacy vs. e-diplomacy, the importance of platforms like Twitter in the transformation process.

      The Academic event was followed by a well attended presentation of the report "Transatlantic Trends 2013" organized in cooperation with the Balkan Trust for Democracy.

      Regional cooperation

      After the official reception in the evening were simultaneously held five thematic sessions. Security cooperation in the region was the subject of most discussion, and a session in which participants were representatives of the Western Balkans Security Think Tanks Consortium has attracted lots of attention. 

      Overcoming the gap in security cooperation in the Western Balkans - Photo: Aleksandar Andjić
      Overcoming the gap in security cooperation in the Western Balkans - Photo: Aleksandar Andjić
      Speakers had taken a critical look at security cooperation practices and evaluated how regional interactions could be further developed to foster both trust-building and operational effectiveness in the provision of security. They agreed that crime fighting is the area of cooperation with the most progress achieved. The panel discussion was based on original empirical findings from the collaborative research projects “Security Transitions in Western Balkans: from Conflict Zone to Security Community” and “Security Research Forum ‘Belgrade-Prishtina-Tirana’” which bring together think tanks from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

      High quality discussions were held about the process of reconciliation in the Western Balkans and the new forms of synergy with the states of the Visegrad group and very meaningful were the sessions about the new model of the state which is arising from the economic crisis and the position and role of global civil society in the world in crisis.

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