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    • Fourth Belgrade Security Forum initiated a dialogue on resolving the crisis

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    • Date: 02 October 2014
      Serbia should contribute to finding solution for the current European crisis by enhancing the dialogue between EU and Russia was the key message of the fourth Belgrade Security Forum. The conference which took place from September 30th - October 2nd gathered more than 500 politicians and experts on foreign policy and security, representatives of civil society organizations and domestic and international media.

      Organizational team of fourth Belgrade Security Forum
      Organizational team of fourth Belgrade Security Forum

      Fourth Belgrade Security Forumended with a message that the Western Balkans is able to actively participate in all debates on current issues of regional and international foreign policy, security and economy.

      “OSCE chairmanship in 2015 is great opportunity for Serbia to contribute to finding solutions for current European crisis by engaging both the EU and Russia in a dialogue”, said BCSP Director Sonja Stojanovic Gajic.

      During the three-day conference it was organized 19 discussions, which gathered 103 speakers. Among the panelists were Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, Head of the Negotiating Team for Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union Tanja Miscevic, Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of European Parliament  Elmar Brok, President of German Marshall Fund of the United States  Karen Donfrid, Member of the Board of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations Vladimir Baranovski and many others.

      Academic Event

      Academic Event of this year Belgrade Security Forum gathered more than a hundred young researchers from Serbia and abroad
      Academic Event of this year Belgrade Security Forum gathered more than a hundred young researchers from Serbia and abroad

      Following the good practice of the previous three years, Forum began with Academic Event, which gathered more than a hundred young researchers and attracted largest ever attention of audience from Serbia and abroad. During three sessions, 14 speakers presented researches on the topic of  "Usable Past, Collective Memories and International Security". Professor Iver Neumann, researcher in The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and Montague Burton Professor of International Relation at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences delivered key note speech "I Remember When Russia was a Great Power". Neumann criticized Russia's role in Ukraine's crisis, along with the assessment that he fears for the future of Russia as a great power, because Moscow is trying to present itself as a great power beyond its borders.

      During the first day of the Belgrade Security Forum it was presented the Transatlantic Trends Report 2014. US Ambassador to Republic of Serbia Michael Kirby, Head of the European Delegation in Serbia Michael Davenport, Ambassador of the Republic of Italy in Serbia Giuzeppe Manzo and Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council Goran Svilanovic pointed out that Serbia is becoming an exporter of stability and that in a positive way is joining the international community.

      OSCE, EU integrations, migrations and cyber security

      Panel on the future of OSCE was moderated by BCSP Director Sonja Stojanovic Gajic
      Panel on the future of OSCE was moderated by BCSP Director Sonja Stojanovic Gajic

      After the official reception, in the evening were simultaneously held four sessions on migration trends in the EU, cyber security in the Western Balkans, the future of the OSCE and EU enlargement perspective. Discussion on the relevance of the Helsinki Accords in current circumstances attracted great attention of participants. Panelists assessed that the call for comprehensive reform of the international organization represents a great challenge. Additionally, the Ukrainian crisis brought upon a critical test for the OSCE; it revealed all weaknesses of the European security architecture. The way the situation will be handled will shape the future of the Organization. During the discussions it was pointed out the need to establish cooperation between the state, corporate and civil sector in regulating and strengthening cyber-security on a national, regional and international level. It was concluded that the EU offered no suitable immigration policy in the past because it failed to comprehend what the migration actually was, and that the future of the EU enlargement policy depends on the success in solving internal crises in the EU members countries, but also in countries which are candidates for membership.

      Discussion of the EU has continued the second day of the Forum on the two panels whose topics were relations with the EU towards its periphery and a choice between transatlantic and Eurasian agenda. Participants concluded that Belgrade is not on the periphery of the European Union, but in her center, and that newly elected leaders in Brussels should again encourage the countries of the region and energetically send them a message that they belong in the EU. It was emphasized that Ukraine's crisis is not a continuation of the Cold War and that the relations between Russia, the EU and the United States are at a satisfactory level in several different areas: education, economy, crisis management, etc. Women represent more than half of the population and without their inclusion is not possible to achieve real stability, it was concluded during the panel on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 - Women, Peace and Security

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