500+ participants / 80+ speakers / 20+ panels



October 13, 2023 BSC0


Final Remarks and the closing of the Conference were preceded by the presentation of the statement of Serbian civil society organizations, read by Jelica Minić, President of the European Movement in Serbia. The statement urged the international community to act on the situation in Serbia, through ensuring the implementation of five key points. 



Bojan Elek, Deputy Director of the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, stated in his closing remarks that the Conference had the very difficult task of trying to understand and begin to reconstruct the global order from disorder, which is unvailing before all our eyes.  

While summing up the whole conference he pointed out the wide array of topics that were discussed – from the European Political Community, state capture, unmasking election meddlers, the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, to feminist foreign policy, cyber security, and philanthropy. Mister Elek added that this conference was special because of the first Lighthouse Award“ ceremony. 



Srđan Cvijić, President of the International Advisory Committee of the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, started the final address of the Conference by expressing sorrow that only one representative of the government attended the Conference, added that „the regime actively tries to make our job more difficult“ and expressed the wish that all invited persons will be allowed to come to the conference in the following year. He thanked all the partners who helped the organization of the Conference, from civil society organizations to media and individual speakers and participants. Finally, mister Cvijić thanked the staff that organized the Conference for their hard work and unrelenting support.   




October 13, 2023 BSC


The last panel of the Belgrade Security Conference 2023 titled “Greater and Better EU: 20 years from Thessaloniki Summit” was moderated by Milica Delević, Director for Competitiveness, Governance and Political Affairs, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and was focused on discussing the challenges of the future of the enlargement process and the new candidates’ readiness for the membership. 




October 13, 2023 BSC0


The panel under the title “Feminist Foreign Policy in Times of War: From Policy to Action” was moderated by Marie Jelenka Kirchner, Associate Researcher, Institute for Democracy Societas Civilis, Skopje. The panel tackled the topic of feminist foreign policy, its definition, as well as the question of which countries already implemented this view on the global world. 




October 13, 2023 BSC


The panel “Zeitenwende: A U-turn Nobody Predicted” examined the internal political situation in Germany and its policies towards the war in Ukraine and foreign and defense policies, after the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Olaf Scholz announced a “180-degree course correction” in Germany’s traditionally cautious foreign and defense policy in his Zeitenwende speech in 2022. The moderator of this panel was Anna Kuchenbecker, Senior Director, of Strategic Partnerships, European Council on Foreign Relations. 




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Moderated by Rosa Balfour, the Director of Carnegie Europe, the panel titled “The US and Europe: What Transatlantic Alliance the World Needs?” dealt with the question of the European security architecture, its current state, and the possible scenarios that might play out in the near future. The panelists exchanged analysis about NATO’s influence in the year following the war in Ukraine and how the big powers, such as the US, EU, and China, shape security in the world. 




October 13, 2023 BSC


On the 3rd day of the Belgrade Security Conference, the opening panel was titled “Reflecting on Progress: 25 Years of Good Friday Agreement”. The debate focused on the challenges of the Agreement, what Brexit brought to the table, and conclusions that could be drawn for conflicts around the world. The moderator of the panel was Sofija Todorović, Programme Director of Youth Initiative for Human Rights.