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Western Balkans. Infrastructure and Energy from a Geopolitical Perspective.

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An international conference "Western Balkans: Infrastructure and energy from a geopolitical perspective" will take place at the University of Warsaw on May 29, 2019, to mark Poland's presidency of the Berlin Process. The event will be held under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland and co-organized by the editorial staff of a geopolitical quarterly "The Warsaw Institute Review".

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CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION

The conference will be attended by top state administration from both the Western Balkans and the European Union, as well as leading scholars and experts, representatives of non-governmental organizations and media. The conference will be devoted to the following three themes :

• Infrastructure

Energy

Geopolitics

The event is part of the official program of Poland's presidency of the Berlin Process and serves as a preparatory meeting for the 2019 Western Balkans Summit in Poznań.

Date and place of the conference:

  • May 29th, 2019, from 9:00AM to 3:00PM

  • Baszkiewicz room, University of Warsaw, Krakowskie Przedmieście st. 26/28 (Collegium Politicum, University of Warsaw)

Event’s working language: English

Form: Open conference

THE SUBSTANTIVE SCOPE OF THE CONFERENCE

Discussion panel I – INFRASTRUCTURE

Development of road, railway, aviation and maritime infrastructure in the Western Balkans in the regional context. The panel discussion will be held on the following topics:
a) Regional needs for modernization and development of transport infrastructure
b) Political and financial constraints related to infrastructure development
c) New transport infrastructure initiatives in the Western Balkans.
d) Major foreign-funded infrastructure investments in individual countries and regional investments financed under EU, Russian, Chinese and Turkish projects.

Discussion panel II – ENERGY
Energy projects in the Western Balkan region and possibilities to boost energy security in Europe. The panel discussion will be held on the following topics:
a) Analysis of the current regional energy needs and accessible energy sources.
b) External dependence on energy supplies in individual countries.
c) The role of foreign investments in key parts of the energy infrastructure of the six Western Balkans countries
d) Investments in the energy sector of supra-regional importance
e) Development of renewable energy sources.

Discussion panel III – GEOPOLITICS
Geopolitical approach to the Western Balkans’ cooperation with China, the European Union, Russia, Turkey, and the United States. The panel discussion will be held on the following topics:
a) Regional development of the Western Balkans as the core objective of EU policy.
b) Western Balkans as a “gateway” for Chinese trade to Europe: Beijing’s energy and infrastructure investments
c) Is Turkey conducting neo-Ottoman policy in the Western Balkans?
d) Are Western Balkans countries likely to become new Russian satellite states?
e) U.S. objectives in the Western Balkans and NATO enlargement process in the region.


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