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Western Balkans. Infrastructure and Energy from a Geopolitical Perspective. | University of Warsaw | Wednesday, 29. May 2019

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 editorial staff of a geopolitical quarterly "The Warsaw Institute Review" and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

The event agenda details will be announced by April 25, 2019.
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Discussion panel I – INFRASTRUCTUREDevelopment 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 infrastructureb) Political and financial constraints related to infrastructure developmentc) 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 – ENERGYEnergy 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 countriesd) Investments in the energy sector of supra-regional importancee) Development of renewable energy sources.
Discussion panel III – GEOPOLITICSGeopolitical 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 investmentsc) 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.

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

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