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Belgrade Security Forum 2012

The Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, Belgrade Centre for Security Policy and European Movement in Serbia, in partnership with the UN Women, UNDP SEEAC, Balkan Trust for Democracy and Slovak Atlantic Commission, are organizing the second Belgrade Security Forum that will take place on September 20-22, 2012 under the working title "Coping with the crisis: challenges to democracy and security".

The Wall Street Crash of 1929 ushered in a decade of the Great Depression and led to the most devastating war in human history. Today, the world is again facing an economic crisis, the largest since the Great Crash. The crisis is already creating social and political unrest around the globe. Stability is challenged in both developed and developing countries, in democracies and autocracies alike, with highly uncertain outcomes. Cracks in the liberal international economic order are placing already fragile global security architecture under heavy duress. Yet, today’s global economic predicament also creates new opportunities. Sometimes it takes a crisis to allow us to see further and act boldly.

The aim of the Belgrade Security Forum 2012 is to bring leading strategic thinkers and policy-makers together to discuss ways of seizing these opportunities. Because coping with a crisis in the right way is impossible without getting the crisis right.

The Belgrade Security Forum is a high-level regional hub for policy dialogue intending to meaningfully contribute to the development of the security community in the Western Balkans and to ongoing European and global security and foreign policy debates.

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Belgrade Security Forum 2011

Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, Belgrade Centre for Security Policy and the European Movement in Serbia are launching new security initiative - Belgrade Security Forum.

The purpose of the Belgrade Security Forum is threefold:

  • To bring the European and global security debate to the Balkans;
  • To discuss Balkan security issues within the European and global security framework; and,
  • To present Balkan achievements and dilemmas to the participants in the European and global security debate.

Two decades ago the Balkan region was considered to be, not for the first time in its history, the powder keg of Europe. Today, it is regarded as a success story in the making. The region is no longer conflict ridden, but the political and security transition towards liberal democracy and sustainable peace is yet to be consolidated. One of the prerequisite for this transition to be brought to a successful and irreversible conclusion is to build a genuine security community composed of peoples and states of the region. This can be achieved only through a region-wide debate about the burning issues in the Balkans, carried out by political leaders and members of the international community, civil society and research community.

The first Forum under the title “The Balkans and Global Security: What Do We Have in Common, What Sets Us Apart?” was held on 14 -16 September 2011 in Belgrade.

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