ISAC’s 6th CFSP Conference “CFSP and the Global Pandemic: Impact on Serbia and Europe”

As part of its multiyear program “CFSP and Serbia’s Accession to the EU” ISAC is organizing its 6th international conference/webinar dedicated to the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union and its impact on the process of Serbia’s accession process. The conference will be held online via Zoom Platform and Facebook live on December 15 and 16.

Without doubt, with all challenges that 2020 has brought, especially in the context of a global Covid-19 pandemic, this subject has taken a new level of importance. The European Union has been already dealing with numerous issues such as migration, climate change, Brexit, strained trans-Atlantic relations, a resurgent Russia and China when the pandemic hit the world. The question that has been arising is how the European Union will be evolving in its foreign and security approach, with a seemingly endless amount of challenges.

Thus, the main focus of the webinar first day will be on the future development of CFSP in the context of the pandemic, how candidate and potential candidate countries will be affected and what should be the role and approach of the Western Balkans in that regard. On the other hand, with all of the aforementioned issues on Europe’s doorstep, in which way will it be able to cope with even stronger challenges coming from China, Russia and even the United States? While Joe Biden’s win is certainly welcome news to the European Union, will the transatlantic relationship be able to go back to the pre-Trump era?

The second day will be dedicated to Serbia’s alignment with the EU’s approach on topics related to Chapter 31 (Common Foreign, Security and Defence policy) and the presentation of the “Analysis of 6 years of Serbia’s Alignment with the EU’s Foreign Policy Declarations and Measures”.

The draft agenda of the event is available here.

You can follow the entire event via Facebook live at ISAC’s Facebook page.

This conference is organized with support of the Balkan Trust for Democracy, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Serbia, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden.