Neighbours – Regions – Global World: Partners or Rivals?
Challenges and Opportunities in the Post-COVID–19 World
31 August 2020
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Since its inception in 2006, the Bled Strategic Forum has evolved into a leading international conference in Central and South-Eastern Europe, which was held on the 31 August 2020, marking its 15th edition.
BSF strives to give a voice to differing positions, views and understandings of the topics that require the attention of the wider international community. In 2017, BSF offered another platform to give a voice to differing positions – the official gazette of the BSF – Bled Strategic Times.
The 2020 edition of the Bled Strategic Times can be found here.
Also available – the official Bled Strategic Forum 2020 Conference Report – read it here.
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A gathering of participants from various fields with diverse knowledge, encouraging them to exchange views and seek innovative solutions to present and future challenges. In addition, the Forum also offers a unique opportunity for meetings and networking with regional and global stakeholders.
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BSF is a unique and inclusive platform bringing together participants from all facets of society. It builds on the lessons learned from the past and tries to give its share in shaping our common future.
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Challenges and Opportunities in the Post-COVID–19 World: Neighbours – Regions – Global World: Partners or Rivals?
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected societies and economies around the globe and has permanently reshaped the world as we know it. If we wish to create a resilient and sustainable global community capable of responding to the challenges of the 21st century, the reinvention of our societies is inevitable. The COVID-19 outbreak has exposed many of the vulnerabilities of the current global system, and its consequences will disrupt just about every area of our lives.
We are entering an unprecedented era of crisis management. In these challenging times, with global response inefficient and inadequate, we are seeing a renewed shift in the international community towards enhanced neighbourly and regional cooperation and a need for new initiatives. The pandemic has clearly revealed the issues and problems that effective multilateralism is facing and brought to the forefront different concepts of international cooperation. Good neighbourly relations and robust regional initiatives will play a significant role in redefining and reinventing the way the global community faces new and asymmetrical threats in the future.
Emerging regional groupings, such as the Three Seas Initiative, open up new opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe to bridge infrastructural gaps in the fields of energy, mobility, and digitalisation, undertake strategic investment projects, and strengthen transatlantic cooperation. In this context, artificial intelligence and digitalisation, in particular, have untapped potential to become a game changer in helping us reinvent society in a sustainable manner.
The European Union finds itself in the midst of these changes, and our ability to understand, adapt to and mitigate them will determine our future political, security, and economic outreach. In this new reality, the EU needs to lead by example and promote as well as safeguard these values, which have enabled us to prosper and develop as a groundbreaking project, redefining relations between states, regions, and societies.
The 15th Bled Strategic Forum international conference took place on Monday, 31 August 2020 in Bled, Slovenia. The conference was organised as a hybrid event, with a high-level segment taking place on-site while some discussions were held online. In addition to the familiar livestreamed sessions, a strong digital component opened the possibility of online participation allowing us to host speakers and participants are unable to travel to Bled in person and to stimulate virtual audience engagement.
Despite the limitations, we were able to host the 15th edition of Bled Strategic Forum maintaining its continuity and tradition. The 2021 Bled Strategic Forum is expected to take place in its previous format and size.
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