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The 2016 Bled Strategic Forum has now officially concluded! With more than 31 separate events, 136 moderators and speakers, as well as around 1000 participants (including BSF, Business BSF and Young BSF), the 11th Bled Strategic Forum was the biggest and most successful event in its history. We would like to thank the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Centre for …

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The EU remains a pull factor for the Western Balkan countries, but it risks losing its attraction if it leaves the candidate countries in the waiting room for too long, heard the closing panel of the Bled Strategic Forum, entitled Western Balkans: Is the EU Still a Pull Factor heard. Speakers mostly agreed that the …

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The panel debate Terrorism and the Media: An Uneasy Relationship at the Bled Strategic Forum discussed various aspects of the relationship between the media and terrorist propaganda, including whether blanket bans on reports on terrorist attacks would work and who needs the other more. Ambassador Dr Patricia Flor, Head of the Directorate-General for International Order, …

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Running under the banner The Key Disruption of the Future, the hidden dimensions panel heard that people’s trust in institutions and policies has decreased quite a lot over the past years, especially during the economic crisis, while it is vital for ensuring a future of well-being and security, despite inevitable disruptions. To jump start the …

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Various security threats to the Euro-Atlantic area, including Daesh terrorist attacks on European soil, conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, the refugee and migrant crisis, as well as hybrid and cyber threats were discussed at the Reinventing European Security panel at the BSF on Tuesday. Mr Craig Kennedy, Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute, highlighted that there …

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The car industry as we know it will gradually disappear, agreed participants of the panel termed Mobility and the Future of Automotive Industry at the Business Bled Strategic Forum on Tuesday. The industry will become increasingly adjusted to individuals and their lifestyle. We are moving from the economy of ownership towards the economy of sharing. …

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H. E. Mr Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, appeared at a special event at the Bled Strategic Forum. In a speech entitled Gradual Disintegration of the EU Political Orbit and a New Geopolitical Configuration of the Euro-Asian Space, he criticised the EU’s conduct towards his country and its failings …

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Smart cities are around the corner as the use of information and communications technologies is propelling the humanity towards the age of smart cities. We are now facing the question of how to transform these urban environments into comprehensive, intelligent and cognitive communities. During the Smart Cities and Cognitive Communities panel on smart cities and …

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Taking on security from an individual perspective, the panel debate “Human Security: You and I Matter” at the Bled Strategic Forum saw the participants establish that a concerted and comprehensive approach at the global is needed to enhance human security, with education on human rights being one of the key elements. Ambassador Damjan Bergant, Director …

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New international challenges, in particular price fluctuations, the uncertain geopolitical and security situation, the entry of new players, such as the US on the global gas market, and commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement were in the focus of the Energy Geopolitics panel at the Bled Strategic Forum. Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the …

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