Bled Strategic Forum 2019

The availability, geographical distribution and allocation of strategic resources (natural, capital, human, etc.) greatly influence relations between different actors and are among the main determinants of stability in the international order.

Humans are living longer, wealthier and better lives than ever. However, growth, wealth and well-being come at a price. The sources of global instability have become more complex, dispersed and unpredictable.

The effective management of strategic resources maintains stability, reduces security risks and improves living standards, while uneven and unjust distribution leads to inequality and a concentration of resources in centres of power. Globalisation has not only polarised society, but also led to the rise of non-state actors, including international corporations. At the peak of human development, the West is now faced with the challenge of maintaining economic growth, preserving the welfare state and securing key democratic decision-making tools. Furthermore, citizens’ alienation from institutions, distrust in governing structures and the unfair distribution of resources strengthen nationalist and populist movements and rhetoric.

The battle for (re)sources has only just begun. What are the (re)sources of (in)stability regarding peace and security, sustainable development and economic progress?

EU-Western Balkans Ministerial Forum on Justice and Home Affairs

Between 4-5 October 2018 the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with the support of Albanian and in close cooperation with the European Commission is organising the “EU-Western Balkans Ministerial Forum on Justice and Home Affairs” in Tirana, Albania.

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13th Bled Strategic Forum

Between 10th and 11th September 2018, the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Centre for European Perspective (CEP) are organizing the 13th Bled Strategic Forum at Lake Bled, Slovenia. By seeking new perspectives in traditional perceptions, the organizers’ aim will be to engage participants in meaningful discussions about how we govern our societies and how we bring up and educate the next generation (see concept paper here). This year’s forum will have a special focus on the Western Balkan region and European Cooperation. The IISG had the privilege to been given a placement in the form of an additional panel on the Western Balkans entitled “Engagement, Conditionality, or both? Security and rule-of-law through the renewed EU perspective” on 11th September in the early afternoon. The main purpose of the panel will be to highlight the state-of-play in regional internal security reform and cooperation.

Agenda availbale here: BSF agenda 2018 A4 v03 fpo

Western Balkans Extremism Research Forum

On 3rd July, in light of the upcoming Western Balkans Summit on 9-10th July and as part of the Berlin Process hosted by the UK, the British Council and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are organising a meeting of the Western Balkan Extremism Research Forum.

The UK presidency of the Berlin Process set out to address concerns raised in Paris and Trieste about violent extremism. Supporting this, the UK commissioned the British Council to establish the Western Balkans Extremism Research Forum, a regional research programme assessing the dimensions of threats emanating from the Western Balkans. The research findings will be used to establish policy analysis and recommendations to provide decision-makers from host countries and the international community with a stronger evidence-base to develop effective national counter violent extremism policies and programming. The findings and views have been produced by the British Council, independent of the UK Government. All the research and policy recommendations will be made available as a public good. The research is now complete and country reports are being presented in each of the Western Balkans six capitals throughout June. On 3 July, researchers from across the Western Balkans will present their findings in Brussels. This is the first opportunity to discuss the region-wide findings and the implications for future policy and programming.

EU-Western Balkans JHA Ministerial Forum

On 26-27 October 2017 the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with kind support of Bulgaria and in close cooperation with European Commission, organised the annual EU-Western Balkans Ministerial Forum on Justice and Home Affairs in Sofia, Bulgaria. The event stressed the importance of cooperation between the European Union and the Western Balkans region in the fields of justice and home affairs, and emphasised the topics of justice reform, judicial cooperation, migration and border management, counter-terrorism and radicalisation, as well as fight against firearms trafficking.

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