EWI Hosts First "Balkan Dialogues" Event in Belgrade

News | June 26, 2019

In response to the urgent need for inclusive and open, high-level dialogue concerning pressing security challenges threatening the Western Balkans, the EastWest Institute has launched the Balkans Dialogues initiative, aiming to increase and deepen understanding and build trust between representatives of the various geopolitical interests present in the region today.

The initiative was launched with an event held in Belgrade, in March 2019, establishing a platform for discussion and debate on the key areas where competing interests collide and offered recommendations for defusing existing tensions arising from this reality.

Participants included Amb. Cameron Munter; Amb. Wolfgang Ischinger; Amb. Frank Wisner; Erhard Busek; Pierre Mirel; Amb. Kai Eide, Ivan Krastev and Aleksandar Vucic, President of Serbia, along with many other stakeholders and experts.

A report stemming from the meeting can be found here.

As part of the series of dialogues, future conferences are currently slated to take place in Berlin, Moscow and New York. Final substantive report will be made available at the conclusion of the dialogues. For more information on the initiative, please click here.