Program

12-14 November 2019

Belgrade, Serbia

DAY 1 12 November 2019

Venue: Hotel Metropol Palace, Boulevard Kralja Aleksandra 69

*Invitation only!

19.00 - 20.00

WELCOME COCKTAIL RECEPTION

Hosted by: 


20.00 - 22.00

NIGHT OWL SESSION

*Chatham House Rules

SERBIA’S WALK THROUGH WALLS – Is the trend of Serbia’s intensification of cooperation with NATO, US, Central and South East Europe and NATO Member States monitored well enough, in the era of reviews and reports on the Russian, Chinese and other emerging interests in the Western Balkans and their possible implications on stability and security of the Euro-Atlantic community? What can the Western Balkan countries learn from the Baltic, Central and Eastern European countries in addressing the common 21st Century hybrid challenges, cooperation in energy sector and the importance of partnership with the US? How to harmonize the new ideological and economic reshuffling with the existing military and political alliances?  

*Presentation of the results of the latest survey designed by CEAS for the needs of this year's NATO Week will be premiered: Serbia and the New Horizons – Citizens on new challenges, NATO, USA, Kosovo and Regional Cooperation:

  • Jelena Milić, Director, Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies
  • Bojan Klačar, Executive Director, Center for Free Elections and Democracy CeSID, Serbia

Participants:

Moderated by

DAY 2 13 November 2019

Venue: Palace of Serbia, Boulevard Mihajla Pupina 2
Halls: Yugoslavia and Belgrade

7.30 - 8.30

REGISTRATION


8.30 - 8.40

WELCOME ADDRESSES

Venue: Palace of Serbia, Hall Yugoslavia

  • Jelena Milić, Director, Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies
  • Video link: Aleksandar Vučić, President of the Republic of Serbia (TBC)
  • Tacan Ildem, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO

8.40 - 9.15

SPECIAL ADDRESSES

Venue: Palace of Serbia, Hall Yugoslavia

  • Ivica Dačić, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Serbia
  • Tacan Ildem, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO

9.15 - 10.00

COFFEE BREAK (Media, addresses)


10.00 - 12.00

PANEL 1

Venue: Palace of Serbia, Hall Belgrade

EXPECTATION OF THE UPCOMING NATO LEADERS' MEETING IN LONDON (TO BE HELD IN DECEMBER 2019) - On 3/4 December NATO will hold its Leaders’ Meeting in London. It will be an opportunity to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Alliance but also to look both back and forward. It was after all in London in 1990 that NATO leaders at the time agreed to “extend the hand of friendship” to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. It is expected that in December NATO will discuss such diverse topics as Afghanistan, Russia’s challenge to arms control regimes and potentially disruptive effects of new technologies.

Panelists:

  • Tacan Ildem, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO
  • Maciej Popowski, Deputy Director General for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission
  • Peter Brookes, Senior Research Fellow, the Heritage Foundation, U.S.
  • Anthony H. Cordesman, Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), U.S.
  • Michael Carpenter, Senior Director, Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, U.S.

Moderated by: 


12.00 - 12.30

COFFEE BREAK


12.30 - 14.00

PANEL 2

Hall: Beograd

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE SERBIAN AND US RELATIONSHIP – THE HOUSE WITH THE OCEAN VIEW – What are the most painful steps towards renewed strategic partnership that both countries have to make? Assessment of the Serbian and US bilateral relations and the significance of their improvement for the stability and security in the Southeast Europe Region.

Panelists:

Moderated by: 


14.00 - 15.00

LUNCH


15.00 - 17.00

PANEL 3

Hall: Beograd

SERBIA AND NATO – FROM BALKAN BAROQUE TO SERBIA’S ENLIGHTENMENT? – Assessment of Strengthening of Serbia/NATO Partnership and its Impact on Stability and Security of Western Balkan and South-East Europe. Analysis of the proposals of new strategic documents and the second cycle of the Serbia/NATO Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP).

Panelists:

  • General Milan Mojsilović, Chief of General Staff, Serbian Armed Forces
  • Robert PszczelSenior Officer for Russia and the Western Balkans at the Public Diplomacy Division (PDD)
  • Branimir Filipović, Acting Assistant Foreign Minister for Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia
  • Mircea Mîndrescu, Brig. Gen. (Ret.),Chair of the Executive Academic Board (EAB) of the European Security and Defense College and Senior Associate Expert of New Strategy Center, Romania
  • Ivan Spasojević, Research Professor, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, Republic of Serbia
  • Arne Sannes Bjørnstad, Special Representative for the Western Balkans, Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo
  • Jiří Schneider, Executive Director, The Aspen Institute Central Europe
  • Carl Peersman, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), NATO

Moderated by:

DAY 3 14. november

Venue: Palace of Serbia, Boulevard Mihajla Pupina 2
Hall: Belgrade

7.30 - 8.30

REGISTRATION


8.30 - 10.30

PANEL 4

THE RUSSIA IS PRESENT - Russia as an international player in the world, in Europe and the Balkans. Which factor dominates in Russian engagement in the Balkans – cooperation or disinformation? Are the goals of the West and Russia the same in the region? If not – why?

Panelists:

  • GordonDuguid, Director of the Office for Press and Public Diplomacy, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, US Department of State, U.S.
  • Robert Pszczel, Senior Officer for Russia and the Western Balkans at the Public Diplomacy Division (PDD)
  • Maxim Samorukov, Deputy Editor, Carnegie.ru
  • Wayne Merry, Senior Fellow for Europe and Eurasia, American Foreign Policy Council, U.S.
  • Dalia Bankauskaitė, Adjunct Fellow, The Center for European Policy Analysis CEPA
  • Dragan ŠutanovacPresident, Council for Strategic Policy, Serbia
  • Sanda Svetoka, Senior Expert, NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, Latvia
  • Reuf Bajrović, Co-Chair, US Europe Alliance

Moderated by:  

  • John Cappello, Chief of Operations, Balkan Security Network, Serbia

10.30 - 11.00

COFFEE BREAK


11.00 - 13.00

PANEL 5

REGIONAL COOPERATION AND STATE OF AFFAIRS OF DEFENSE AND SECURITY COOPERATION IN BALKANS AND SOUTH-EAST EUROPE - FROM WALK THROUGH WALLS TO THE CLEANER - Latest EU decisions on the enlargement process have confused Western Balkans countries. How is the drive for reforms going to be maintained? How do you square constructive local initiatives like “Mini Schengen” with Serbian free trade agreement with Euro-Asia Economic Union, Kosovo tariffs or Belt and Road Initiative? What would be the implications for the defense and security cooperation in the region, and for the Region’s security,   if we continue to have multi-speed Western Balkans? Are other European regions’ models of cooperation like Nordic, V4, Baltic States still worth experience sharing? How should new forms of regional cooperation in defense and security the Western Balkan countries look like in the era of removal of economic and trade barriers and digitalization in one hand amid new potential refugee and migration crisis and hybrid threats and already existing increasing presence of Russia and China?  What should be  role of the EU and NATO in new circumstances?

Panelists: 

  • High level official, Republic of Serbia (TBC)
  • Wolfgang Petritsch, President, The Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation
  • Jiří Schneider, Executive Director, The Aspen Institute Central Europe
  • Molly Montgomery, Non-resident Fellow, Brookings, U.S.
  • Edward Joseph, Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins, U.S.
  • Goran Svilanović, Former Foreign Minister, Serbia and Montenegro
  • Mircea Mîndrescu, Brig. Gen. (Ret.), Chair of the Executive Academic Board (EAB) of the European Security and Defense College and Senior Associate Expert of New Strategy Center, Romania

Moderated by: 

  • Srđan Majstorović, President, Board of Directors of the European Policy Centre (CEP), Serbia

13.00 - 14.00

CONCLUSIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS


14.00 - 15.00

LUNCH

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