6 December 2017

Institute of International Politics and Economics organised a one-day conference “Key Determinants of Serbian Foreign Policy”, in cooperation with Hanns Seidel Foundation for Serbia and Montenegro, as another in a series of academic events conceived to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Institute. The conference was opened by Dr. Nikola Tanić, Assistant Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Ms. Bojana Adamović Dragović, Head of the Department for Europe of the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as Dr. Branislav Đorđević, Director of IIPE, Lutz Kober, Director of the Office of the Hanns Seidel Foundation for Serbia and Montenegro, and Professor Ivo Visković as the President of the Programme Committee on the behalf of the organisers. The conference proceeded in four panels. Within the first panel, the participants discussed demography, diplomacy, geopolitics and defence policy as determinants that impacts current development of Serbia's foreign policy. The debate within the second panel was centred on the effects of global trends in the post-Cold War international relations, and the impact of the regional relations of Serbia with the neighbouring countries in the context of security threats and risks that could shape the implementation of the national foreign policy in decades to come. Presenters and discussants in the third panel highlighted how the Europeanisation process appears as one of the determinants of Serbian foreign policy, with a focus on economic factors related to the functioning of the Single Market. The fourth panel included the economic determinants of Serbia's foreign policy, such as the World Trade Organisation, foreign direct investments, economic relations with Russia, and migration policies in the context of economic development.