SEESOX hosts 4th Annual Ambassadors' Forum

SEESOX hosts 4th Annual Ambassadors' Forum

7 March 2016

On 7 March SEESOX hosted the Fourth Annual Ambassadors' Forum at St Antony's College, Oxford (coinciding with the EU/Turkey Summit in Brussels the same day). The round-table forum brought together diplomats, academics and practitioners for a focussed and strategic discussion. The question was how the region of South East Europe was coping with pressures from outside, and also from tensions within, Europe. The main subjects on the table were the refugee/migration crisis, the geo-political picture, the economy and the rise of political illiberalism. There was overall acceptance that the crisis of migration/reception needed practical solutions, that the region had its own role to play in helping to resolve the various crises, and that the EU in general retained its force of attraction for applicant states.