7 June, 2016 – 09:00 to 15:00

GLOBSEC Policy Institute (formerly Slovak Atlantic Commission/Central European Policy Institute) in cooperation with the Centre for Euro-Atlantic Studies – Serbia will organise the expert workshop entitled “Partnership for Serbia: Serbia, NATO and Strategic Communication” which is a part of the project“Visegrad for the South-East Europe: Towards Successful Integration”. The event is organised under the auspices of theEmbassy of the Slovak Republic in Serbia which is currently theNATO Contact Point Embassy in Serbia. The project is supported by the International Visegrad Fund.

 

Tuesday: June 7, 2016Venue: Aero Club, Uzun Mirkova 4, Belgrade, Serbia

 

Tentative agenda and Points for discussion:

 

09:00 – 09:30 Registration of participants

09:30 – 10:00 Official Welcome

Speakers:

Peter Susko, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Slovak Republic in the Republic of Serbia, NATO CPE

Branimir Filipović, Acting Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Department for Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia

Jelena Milić, Director, Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies

Milan Nič, Research Director, GLOBSEC Policy Institute

 

10:00 – 11:00  Panel1 : “Public Diplomacy View on Serbia – NATO Relations”.

During the past two years, the technical-military cooperation between Serbia and NATO has grown. There are numbers of positive examples of how Serbia can benefit from its cooperation with NATO as the institution, as well as with NATO member countries using current frameworks for cooperation. Paradoxically, on the side of the public, as well as high political representatives, NATO is still a taboo and most of the cooperation is not being discussed with the public because of the sensitivity of the issue. On the other hand, there are growing anti-NATO and anti-Western tendencies, fuelled by conspiracy theorists and radicals with a more or less open support from Russia. The aim of the panel is to discuss the level of cooperation between Serbia and NATO neutrally, based on facts and without prejudice from the past.

Topics to be discussed within this panel:

  1. Current state of play of Serbia – NATO relations.
  2. NATO and the public opinion in Serbia.
  3. What NATO could do to improve its image in Serbia?

 

Speakers:

Branimir Filipović, Acting Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Department for Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia

Dragan Šormaz, MP of the Serbian Progressive Party and a member of the permanent delegation of the National Assembly in the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO

Igor Novaković, Research Director, ISAC Fund

Chairperson: Jelena Milić, Director, Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies

 

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

 

11:30 – 13:00 Panel 2: “Strategic Communication and anti-NATO Propaganda”.

The issue of strategic communication with regards to NATO is very important and at the same time very sensitive in Serbia. Apart from the fact that NATO has been almost a taboo in the public discussion due to the relatively recent history, there have also been growing pro-Russian and anti-Western sentiments fed by extremist parties, dodgy pundits as well as the so-called “alternative media”. The aim of this panel is to share the experience of Visegrad experts in the area of strategic communication and countering propaganda and compare them with those of Serbian experts and journalists.

Topics to be discussed within this panel:

  1. Experience of V4 countries with strategic communication; countering anti-NATO and anti-EU propaganda – best practices examples of successful projects.
  2.  Serbia’s experience with anti-Western propaganda – modus operandi, main narratives, impact on public opinion.
  3. New media – social media and “alternative” media as main catalysts of propaganda today.

 

Speakers:

Jelena Milić, Director, Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies

Andrej Matišák, Deputy Head of  Foreign Desk, Pravda Daily, Slovakia

Jakub Janda, Deputy Director for Public and Political Affairs, European Values Think-Tank, Czech Republic

Peter Kreko, Director, Political Capital Institute, Hungary

Chairman: Milan Nič, Research Director, GLOBSEC Policy Institute

 

13:00 – 13:30 Coffee break

 

13:30 – 15:00 Panel 3: “Implementation of the 1st IPAP in Serbia”.

Serbia has been implementing its first Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) with NATO since January 2015. The third panel has the ambition to take stock of what has been implemented from this Plan, look for additional possibilities for improvements, or other challenges in particular. This stocktaking should lead to a better understanding of which areas of the partnership of Serbia with NATO can be further developed under potential 2nd IPAP.

Topics to be discussed within this panel:

  1. Extend of implementation of the 1st IPAP – which chapters were successfully implemented, what remains to be implemented?
  2. IPAP and the Public Diplomacy in Serbia.
  3. What’s there for the 2nd IPAP?

 

Speakers:

Dijana Ivančić, Head of the Division for NATO and Partnership for Peace, Department for Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia

Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Serbia

Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia

Goran Matić, Director, Office of the Council on National Security and Classified Information Protection of the Republic of Serbia

Chairperson: Irina Rizmal, Senior Project Coordinator, Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies

 

15:00 Networking Lunch.