| ABOUT THE WESTERN BALKANS PROGRAM |

The Road to WSF Western Balkans Program (WB Program) is part of “The Road to Warsaw Security Forum 2021” and consists of a series of online events which aim to promote EU expansion to the Western Balkans, as well as to share Poland’s transformation and European integration experience with regional civil society opinion leaders and the broader European foreign policy community.

The program encompasses four core elements:
a) an online course for a selected group of 20 Western Balkan opinion leaders
b) an online panel discussion at the Belgrade Security Forum
c) an online panel discussion at the Road to Warsaw Security Forum event
d) a series of concluding publications.

The first component is an online course addressed to 20 select Western Balkans civil society opinion-makers that focuses on the region’s most pressing stability and security issues on its way to EU membership. The course will consist of two thematic webinars and two e-workshops that will give participants practical knowledge and insight into Poland’s road to the EU and EU-Western Balkan security cooperation. It will also serve as a platform for sharing experience and know-how between speakers, experts and program participants.

The second component of the program will be an online panel discussion held within the framework of the online edition of the Belgrade Security Forum in October 2020.

The third component of the program will enable participants to engage in an online panel discussion organized as part of the Road to Warsaw Security Forum event in November 2020 entitled “Strategic Rivalry? The European Union, Russia and China in the Western Balkans”.

The WB Program concludes in December 2020 with a series of short publications on the Western Balkans’ EU integration process, prepared by the 20 civil society participants of the online course. The publications will be published in English on the program’s website (e-publication), which will also host all other materials compiled throughout the project.

The program is organized by the Casimir Pulaski Foundation and co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland as part of the “Public diplomacy 2020 – new dimension” grant scheme.

The content of this website expresses only the views of the authors and cannot be equated with the official position of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

| AGENDA |

All times indicated are in Warsaw time zone

October 16th, 2020 (Friday)

Led by Katarzyna Pisarska – Founder and Director of the European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw, Poland and the Visegrad School of Political Studies

E-workshop led by Bilyana Lilly – Pardee fellow at the Pardee RAND Graduate School

October 17th, 2020 (Saturday)

Webinar discussion between

Roland Freudenstein – Policy Director, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies

&

Vuk Jeremić – President of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development and leader of Serbia’s People’s Party; Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia (2007-2012)

Moderated by Bartlomiej Kot – Deputy Program Director, Warsaw Security Forum

E-workshop led by Katarzyna Pisarska – Founder and Director of the European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw, Poland and the Visegrad School of Political Studies

October 23rd, 2020 (Friday)

Led by Paulina Gomulak – Executive Director, Warsaw Security Forum

E-workshop led by Bilyana Lilly – Pardee fellow at the Pardee RAND Graduate School

October 24th, 2020 (Saturday)

E-workshop led by Katarzyna Pisarska – Founder and Director of the European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw, Poland and the Visegrad School of Political Studies

Webinar led by Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz – Member of the European Parliament; Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland (1996 – 1997)

Moderated by: Bartłomiej Kot – Deputy Program Director, Warsaw Security Forum

Webinar led by Marcin Piątkowski – Senior Economist, World Bank

Moderated by: Bartłomiej Kot – Deputy Program Director, Warsaw Security Forum

October 27th, 2020 (Tuesday)

Online panel discussion at the Belgrade Security Forum

Speakers:

Marija Ristić – Regional Director, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network

Terry Martin – Senior News Anchor, Deutsche Welle TV

Łukasz Pawłowski – Political Commentator

Moderated by: Bartłomiej Kot – Deputy Program Director, Warsaw Security Forum

Organized by Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, Belgrade Centre for Security Policy and the European Movement in Serbia

November 17th, 2020 (Tuesday)

Online panel discussion organized within the framework of the Road to Warsaw Security Forum

Speakers:

Theresa Fallon – Founder and Director, Centre for Russia Europe Asia Studies (CREAS), Belgium

Vuk Jeremić – Minister of Foreign Affairs (2007-2012), Serbia

Stefano Stefanini – Director, Project Associates, Former Permanent Representative of Italy to NATO, Brussels

Robert Pszczel – Senior Officer, Public Diplomacy Division, NATO HQ

Organized by The Casimir Pulaski Foundation, the German Marshall Fund of the United States

* Sessions that are going to be video-recorded and published on the Internet

| EXPERTS |

| PARTICIPANTS |

| BENEFITS and PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS |

The initiative will offer a selected group of 20 Participants:
– A full scholarship program on promotion of EU enlargement to Western Balkans.
– Access to top class speakers with hands-on experience in European integration without a need to travel in this troubled times (the program is fully online and does not require travelling).
– A graduate Certificate of the program financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland – issued for the successful Participants.
– An opportunity to become an active member of the Warsaw Security Forum network and to establish a regional network of leaders and integration process influencers.

To complete the program the Participants will be required to:
– Actively participate in all components of the Program as specified on the Agenda.
– Publish online in English two (2) short article/policy paper/essay/commentary/entry on the Western Balkans EU integration process.

| PARTNERS |

The project is supported by the Council of Europe and involves 7 of the 23 members of the Council of Europe’s Schools of Political Studies network, which represent the Western Balkan region. These are:

| APPLICATION PROCESS |

To apply to the WB Program you must meet qualification criteria, fill in the application form and attach a CV and an essay answering the question: Will a pandemic like COVID-19 strengthen or weaken democracy in the Western Balkans? (500-1000 words)

Apply now if you meet the following qualification criteria:

  • You are 21 – 40 years old

  • You are a citizen of: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia or Serbia

  • You are a civil society opinion-maker, social or political activist, community leader, journalist or blogger interested in the Western Balkans’ road to the European Union

  • You possess English language proficiency of at least a B2 level (certificate not required)

Applications are now CLOSED. We have received a lot of excellent applications and we would like to thank all applicants for their interest in the program.

The results will be communicated individually to each applicant by October 6, 2020.

| QUESTIONS |

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by e-mail: WSF@pulaski.pl.

Please use the following as your subject line: “CPF’s WB Program – First name Family name”.

| TERMS AND CONDITIONS |

The Terms and Conditions of the Western Balkans Program can be found here.