The third seminar of the Annual Seminar titled “The New European Security Agenda – Security, Stability and Regional Cooperation” was held from 21 to 24 June 2012 at Palić. Topics that were of a great interest to the participants were related to Serbia and Europe’s common security and defence policy, security challenges in Serbia, the Euro “Crisis” and the future of all-European identity. Participants also had a chance to discuss the role of global actors such as Russia, Turkey and China at international stage and in our region, as well as about migration challenges in Europe, energy security in Europe, and analysis and possible scenarios for future Belgrade-Priština Dialogue. Mrs. Licht, the President of the BFPE and Mr. Piotr Świtalski, Director of Policy Planning of the Council of Europe, under which the schools of political studies operate, opened the seminar. Participants had the opportunity to hear more about the experiences of Croatia and Poland in the EU accession process, compare their views on the role of Russia in the next 20 years with the ones from the Russian citizens, talk about the role of China on the global political and economic scene, as well as why are environmental issues strategically, politically and economically important for countries.
Participants highly evaluated possibility to discuss with lecturers about different topics and to exchange opinions within the group since participants are from different professional backgrounds and members of different political parties. This kind of academic dialogue brought new knowledge and information useful for further professional engagement.
The best 25 participants from this generation will participate at the “World Forum for Democracy” to be held in Strasbourg from 6-11 October. More on the Forum is available here.