“The spirit of our endeavour is, To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield”
Alessandro Minuto-Rizzo, President
The Western Balkans at a Crossroads.
Rome, 6-7 December 2017
More than fifteen years after the end of the wars of Yugoslavia’s dissolution, the easy-to-obtain part of the integration process between the Western Balkans and the Euro-Atlantic institutions has been reached, however today we meet the hardship.
The prospect of EU/NATO integration remains the main vehicle towards achieving sustainable regional stability and development. Constant commitment and periodical encouraging signals and incentives are the key elements to support the Western Balkans towards peace, stability and socio-economic progress.
Following this context, the conference is structured in three panels.
The first panel focuses on the good reasons to make the good reforms to guarantee in the Western Balkans a future of social integration, economic development and political stability. The Balkans are at a crossroads and it is essential to prevent their falling into the unsteadiness of the past.
The second panel considers the new threats the Western Balkans are tackling, such as criminal networks, small arms proliferation, illegal trafficking and terrorist groups. Economic inequalities are just the immediate consequences of these problems that, in the long-run, might lead to social disadvantages and risk to enlarge the lines of terrorism.
The third panel highlights that the key priority for the Western Balkans towards the Euro-Atlantic integration is to move from post-war societies to a truly regional co-operation. This means building new infrastructures, passing economic reforms and fostering a renewed dialogue on security within the countries in the region.
The conference aims at a high-quality added-value interaction; contributing to an in-depth analysis and also to draw a sense of direction for security providers.