Balkan Networks and Security
Connecting co-operative and human security
The security and stability of Western Balkans, already affected by still unsolved internal problems, has been put severely to test by the consequences of the humanitarian tragedies or the difficult living conditions in Syria, Iraq, Libya, the Sahel and the Horn of Africa. Faced by the shock of a new massive wave of migrants, up to 1 million new arrivals, the Balkans have been essentially left to their own devices. The immediate answers have been characterised by measures restricting the freedom circulation of travellers and by divisive political discourses. The recent developments in the UK and Turkey, two key NATO allies, are further complicating the situation.
The lull in the migration flows does not remove a set of enduring challenges for the region: strategic tensions between Russia on the one hand and EU and NATO on the other, organized crime, terrorism and potential further political disintegration. The non-state actors that emerged during the Yugoslav dissolution wars are still present and sometimes even more powerful than in the past.
Following this context the conference is structured into four panels. The first panel discusses on how these troubled countries can be reconnected in a common political discourse and security network within a multilateral context. The second panel will not only sketch the existing regional security landscape marked by criminal networks, small arms proliferation, illegal trafficking and terrorist groups, but also see how NATO and EU as security providers can better combine initiatives, resources and operations in order to blunt and neutralise these challenges.
The third panel considers Russia’s influence, the different national positions and the options in order to deal and negotiate jointly and effectively visa-vis the comeback of this geopolitical actor. The last panel will conduct a critical evaluation of NATO’s integration activities and of European enlargement plans in order to take into account the changing political climate within member countries and to plot a new Euro-Atlantic common course.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_empty_space height=”58px”][vc_wp_text]Africa March 2016
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