This year’s iteration of the Belgrade Security Forum (BSF) will be held throughout the month of October 2020, as a series of online events. BSF is marking its first decade by saying “No Trust – No Peace”. More than 20 online panels, sessions, discussions and special events will be organized as a part of celebratory 10th Belgrade Security Forum.
Participants of the tenth Belgrade Security Forum will initiate a discussion on issues that emerged as particularly important in the previous period marked by the pandemic – lack of trust and solidarity in international relations, manifested through the crisis of multilateralism, trust in technology and its impact on global development, state of democracy, which was among the first to be hit during the pandemic.
During the six days throughout October the following topics will be addressed: Belgrade–Pristina dialogue (October 22), future of Europe and the Western Balkans (October 27), the US elections (October 22), technology and privacy (October 27), anti-western narratives in the Western Balkans (October 20), depopulation (October 21), crisis of democracy and solidarity (October 14).
Questions of populism, far-right nationalism and organized crime have been burdening the global society and therefore will be addressed during the 10th Belgrade Security Forum.
Traditionally, BSF Academic event will bring together young researchers from the Serbia, the region and the world to discuss the state capture and security (October 20).
Some of the speakers at the Forum 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 EFTA States, German Federal Foreign Office, Ivan Krastev, Centre for Liberal Studies, Bulgaria, Thomas Carothers, Senior Vice-president for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General, Regional Cooperation Council.
A complete list of topics and speakers can be found on the website www.belgradeforum.org.
Belgrade Security Forum is the only event of its kind initiated by civil society organizations: Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, Belgrade Centre for Security Policy and European Movement in Serbia. Since its first edition in 2011, BSF has become one of the most prestigious events covering security and foreign policy developments in Southeast Europe. Over ten years BSF hosted over 230 discussions, bringing together over 4,000 participants and over 900 panelists, including decision makers and policy makers, representatives of security institutions, civil society, the international and academic community from Serbia and the region, but also other parts of Europe and the world.