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Written by Reva Goujon The scene at Bratislava Castle last week was a familiar one: European leaders gathered for another summit in a typically idyllic setting, where the natural beauty of their surroundings belied the deep imperfections of the union they were struggling to salvage. But now, in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the …

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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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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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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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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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Panelists discussing Water Risks in Global Perspectives at the Bled Strategic Forum (BS) on Tuesday underlined the importance of international cooperation on water issues. Presenting the US perspective, Mr Tom Harvey, Co-Chair of the US Water Partnership, said the severity of water risks could not be understated and that even top US military officials considered …

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A panel discussion at the Bled Strategic Forum on whether the EU is disintegrating following the UK’s decision on Brexit mostly agreed that the EU was not actually in a crisis, while it must refocus, deal with issues from a larger perspective and reconstruct its relationship with the UK. Speaking at the panel “European Union: …

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Dr Danilo Türk, Former President of the Republic of Slovenia, said in his address to the networking reception at the Bled Strategic Forum that the title of the event, Safeguarding the Future, may seem paradoxical at first glance. However, looking at it more deeply, the future is not what will happen tomorrow; the future is …

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