8th BELGRADE NATO WEEK - INVITATION TO FOLLOW THE CONFERENCE

202011 CEAS mail EN

8th BELGRADE NATO WEEK- THIS IS US

Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies (CEAS) from Belgrade is proud to announce the international conference 8th Belgrade NATO Week – THIS IS US (fall edition), which will be held online on November 15th/17th, 2020.

This CEAS flagship conference is a part of the CEAS regular annual project Belgrade NATO Week, which has enjoyed the support of the NATO Public Diplomacy Division since its inception eight years ago.

The largest number of high NATO representatives so far will speak at the conference: H.E. Ambassador Baiba Braze, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy; Dr. John Manza, Assistant Secretary General for Operations; Carmen Romero, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, and Marc Di Paolo, Director, Defence Capacity Building Directorate, Operations Division.

The participation was also confirmed by senior Pentagon official Laura Cooper, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia and senior EU foreign policy official Angelina Eichhorst, Managing Director of Western Europe, Western Balkans, Turkey and the United Kingdom in European External Action Service.

Other speakers at the conference include world-renowned experts from American think tanks and research institutes such as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Atlantic Council, the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) and RAND. The panels will be moderated by journalists from prestigious world media and institutes such as Euronews, DW, NPR and AEI.

We expect high-ranking officials of the Republic of Serbia to confirm their participation.

In the light of Serbia's European integration, the invitation to present their views on the importance of cooperation between the Republic of Serbia and NATO, as well as cooperation between the EU and NATO, was sent to representatives of influential civil society organizations in Serbia, as well as representatives of pro-EU opposition political parties.

The key topics of this year's conference are: 

  • Analysis of progress achieved in Serbia’s cooperation with NATO;  
  • Impact of the outcome of the US election results on Serbia-US relations, and Western Balkans ongoing regional  integration processes and settlement of the outstanding disputes;
  • Serbia’s new potential role in contributing to Southeast Europe and Trans-Atlantic community stability and prosperity, in the view of recent agreements between Belgrade and the US and Pristina and the US, and other regional initiatives;
  • The importance of strengthening Serbia-US defense cooperation, with special focus on Polish and Israeli experiences / Current key obstacles and windows of opportunity;
  • Serbian military neutrality, as defined by recently adopted new strategic documents – from the perspective of the EU strategic autonomy debate.

During the conference the results of the latest public opinion poll “THIS IS US”, designed by CEAS for the needs of this years’ Belgrade NATO Week, will be presented for the first time, covering the topics of the significance of the September 4th Belgrade-US and Pristina-US agreements, as well as Serbia-US relationship, NATO, EU and Belgrade-Pristina dialogue. The results will be presented in a form of comparison with similar previous polls conducted every 6 months.

Over the years CEAS brought many high level speakers to our Belgrade NATO Week event. You can see the list of previous speakers HERE.

This year we expect participation from the high level representatives of the new Serbian government in charge of foreign affairs, security and defense; high level NATO, EU and  US government representatives; leading experts in regional integration and transatlantic affairs. Panels will be moderated by prestigious journalists and experts in transatlantic foreign, security and defense policies. 

All the information about the conference and the full conference Program will be available at the conference website: www.natoweek.rs  

This years conference is supported by: NATO Public Diplomacy Division (NATO PDD); German Marshall Fund of the United States - Balkan Trust for Democracy and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Serbia; US Embassy to Serbia; Embassy of the Czech Republic to Serbia.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s event will be held online with the participation of the speakers and audience via Zoom platform. The event will be broadcasted live via YouTube platform in both Serbian and English. The entire event will be broadcasted by the Serbian news agency Tanjug. 

Link for the live broadcast will be available on the conference website prior to the event. 

The working languages of the conference will be Serbian and English. Simultaneous translation is provided.   

Link to follow the conference via YouTube will be available just before the event on the conference website, as well as CEAS accounts on social networks.

Sincerely,

CEAS team