EM Serbia: Belgrade Security Forum 2018
European Movement Serbia co-organised the Eighth Belgrade Security Forum, which was held on October 17 – 19, 2018 under the title Finding Answers Together to the New Normal.
The Balkans is at a turning point in 2018 – the new EU Enlargement Strategy has created a sense of urgency among regional leaders, primarily reflected in need to find solutions for old disputes. This year, the Belgrade Security Forum dealt with the question – where are we in this state of “new normal”? Where do we go? How do we make progress for everyone in an unpredictable future?
This year’s Forum began with the Academic Event, titled “How conflict sensitive is the EU crisis response”, which gathered young researchers. During these three days, this international conference hosted several hundred speakers and participants from over 30 countries.
The Belgrade Security Forum is the only event of this kind – a result of an initiative started by civil society, namely the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, the European Movement in Serbia and the Belgrade Center for Security Policy. Started in 2011, the Belgrade Security Forum is still the most prestigious event on security and foreign policy in Southeastern Europe.
The conference covered areas like conceptual challenges to the Common European Asylum System posed by the current crisis, Securitization of immigration and the rise of right-wing populism and Islamophobia in the EU as well as much more.