Balkan SAYS – Security Architecture Youth Seminar aims to contribute to confidence building, reconciliation, security, stability and cooperation in the region of Western Balkans through lectures, workshops, networking and debate among young professionals and experts in the field of international security.

Building on several years of experience since its establishment in 2013, we created a diverse and interesting seminar program that offers participants a dynamic perspective in the main contemporary security, political and social challenges of the broader Western Balkans while promoting the Euro-Atlantic values and future for the region.

Balkan SAYS strives to bring together different views and perspectives, breach the gaps and create new links, which young professional are able to use in their future careers.

 


BALKAN SAYS 2020 – successful execution in a hybrid on-line environment

On 16.9.2020, the 8th annual Balkan SAYS – Security Architecture Youth Seminar was organized by the youth section of the Euro-Atlantic Council of Slovenia and with the support of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. The hybrid implementation involved over 50 participants from 21 countries. 

The main topics of the seminar were:

    • China and the Western Balkans – How and why is China influencing the Western Balkans?
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina – 25 years after Dayton.
    • Crises on the EU periphery and the future of CFSP.

BALKAN SAYS 2020 FINAL REPORT


Balkan SAYS 2019

Balkan SAYS seminar hosted 50 participants and expert speakers in October 2019. Participants came from 11 different countries. They represented a diverse professional audience ranging from senior students to young professionals from both private, governmental and military sector. While focusing primarily on young professionals from the Western Balkans, we were able to reach also a wide audience from a broader Euro-Atlantic area.

The concept of the seminar is designed in a way to offer participants, both discussions with experts on a given subject in a form of round table discussions, as well as opportunity to actively contribute through innovative sessions in a form of workshops.

The topics we covered:

  • Euro-Atlantic Integration of the Western Balkans – how full and how soon?
  • Women and security in the Western Balkans.
  • Youth and environmental security.
  • Legal and illegal migration through and from the Western Balkans.

The above mentioned topics were addressed by experts from academia, expert speakers from Slovenian government, international partners, and correspondents.