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?

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