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PANEL I: “WESTERN BALKANS: GREMLINS OF THE PAST AND FAIRY TALES OF THE FUTURE”

Western Balkans has, alike the rest of Europe, been experiencing “the very taste” of geopolitics, with growing influence of Russia, China and Turkey that are exercising their role and influence in the region through carefully crafted soft power “recipes” and offer different visions and frameworks for the region. But to be fair, many of the […]

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PANEL II: “SECURITY REIMAGINED: THE IRONCLAD COMMITMENT TO THE TRANSATLANTIC ALLIANCE PUT TO TEST”

We don’t need to look much further in the past than last century to see valuable history lessons. The two world wars taught us what horrific events and tragic losses derive when international relations are not grounded in commonly accepted rules and institutions. Even though NATO’s primary purpose was to safeguard against Soviet Union, nowadays […]

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PANEL III: “THREE SHADES OF RED: RUSSIA, CHINA AND TURKEY – CHANGING GLOBAL POWER DYNAMICS?”

For decades, the United States has been "a shining city upon a hill" that led and shaped international - unipolar order, peerless in its influence over the rest of the globe. But power constellations across the globe are shifting and the world order we know is struggling to endure these shifts. Rise of the new […]

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PANEL IV: “PRESIDENTIAL DISCUSSION: IN THE MIND OF A LEADER”

We will ask Presidents to share with the audience what keeps them wake at night? How they perceive most important issues of the Western Balkans? What about each of their respective countries? What are the most important steps and initiatives for deeper regional cooperation and common interest in making Western Balkans a safer and more […]

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PANEL V: “RISING GHOSTS OF NATIONALISM: BUILDING BLOCKS OF DEMOCRACY IN PERIL?”

It seems as the same forces of globalization and technological growth that brought the world closer together, blurring and shrinking both the space and time differences, increased perceived inequalities and made people more protective of their ethnic, cultural and religious identities. Carried on the wings of skepticism, anti-immigration sentiment and headed by political leaders who […]

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PANEL VI: “AGE OF DISINFORMATION: LEARNING RESILIENCE AND LIVING WITH LIES”

Even though, it does not possess better technological and financial resources than the United States and Europe, Russia still succeeds in generating significant challenges during the extremely important processes. It is only that Russia anticipated before others that nowadays technology is keeping the world order. Free access to information, speed, anonymity, lack of geographical boundaries […]

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