The round table: An arms race in the Balkans?


In the framework of the “West Balkans and the EU” lecture cycle,


the International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES)


invites You kindly to the round table




An arms race in the Balkans? 


which will be held on Thursday, 28 January 2016 at 16.00 h

in the “Grad” hall of Hotel Lev (13th floor) at Vošnjakova 1, Ljubljana.


The plans announced by Croatia and Serbia to procure modern missile systems or ballistic missiles have triggered strong reactions in the West Balkans.The region is an ideal site for the confrontation of the superpowers. It is no secret that the announced armament plans of Croatia and Serbia are backed by the US and Russia. In the context of continuous political tensions, depleted economy and skyrocketing unemployment rates along with the intensifying refugee/migrant crisis, the armament plans announced by individual countries have aroused deep concerns in the region. It is even more worrying, bearing in mind that by signing the Dayton Peace Agreement the countries in the region committed not to take part in any arms race and to limit their military capacity, which has been subject to regular control by the representatives of states that are parties to the Dayton Agreement. All this leads to the question whether the region is facing new armed conflicts?


Those and other issues will be discussed by the following experts:


  • Dr. Igor Šoltes, Slovenian Member of the European Parliament  (Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance) and Vice Chair of the Delegation of the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee
  • Dr. Klemen Grošelj, an expert in defense studies and geopolitics,
  • Bakhatyar Aljaf, Ifimes


The round table will be held in the Slovenian language and moderated by Dr. Zijad Bećirović.


Live broadcast at:  


Please take your seat at the hall at the latest by 15.55 h.


Attendance is free of charge. Please confirm your participation at telephone number (01) 430 15 33 or at


Ljubljana, 21 January 2016