In the next few weeks, ESI analysts will be speaking throughout Europe, including events in Belgrade, Vienna, Tbilisi, Istanbul, Visby, and Salzburg.
Besa Shahini will speak on "Human Security in Kosovo" at the upcoming Belgrade Security Forum, 19-21 September. On 23-25 September, Gerald Knaus will join the discussion at a workshop on "EU, Russia and Turkey – security trends and challenges in the Balkans" in Vienna, organised by the Centre for Liberal Strategies. In Tbilisi, Alexandra Stiglmayer and Gerald Knaus will make presentations about ESI’s research on visa free travel at a round table on visa liberalization on 1 October organised by the Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies. At the 4th Istanbul Forum (3-4 October), Gerald Knaus will speak at a panel on "Majoritarianism versus Pluralism: Democracy in Question?". Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Ibrahim Kalin, Chief Advisor to the Turkish Prime Minister, will also speak at the conference. At this year's Visby conference (5-6 October), Gerald Knaus will discuss the "Road to Authoritarianism – Political Trends in the Eastern Neighbourhood". Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt and many other high level decision makers from the region will also attend this Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation event. Gerald will also give a presentation on vocational training at the Policy Leaders' Forum Western Balkans And Turkey in Salzburg (10-11 October) organised by the European Training Foundation.