Ensuring peace in the Balkans - Solutions and open questions
Foreign and Security Policy Conference 2019
NATO and the European Union have an indispensable role in guaranteeing security in the Balkans. In addition to stability, however, Euro-Atlantic integration in the region has become a real prospect as well. Integration, due to certain difficulties, results in a protracted process that affects the individual actors. Given that European security cannot be achieved without the stability of the Balkan region, NATO must be prepared to deal adequately with the challenges ahead. Is NATO enlargement needed in the Western Balkans? What is Hungary's role in this matter? Do external powers pose a challenge? The conference organized by the Antall József Knowledge Centre, in partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung’s Budapest Office and the British Embassy in Budapest, with the support of NATO’s Public Policy Division aimed to provide answers to these questions. The first panel discussion focused on stability in the Western Balkans, while the second panel discussed the political realities of Euro-Atlantic integration. The public session was followed by a closed workshop with invited experts from the event.