The North Atlantic Council is the central body of political decision-making within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Its 28 member States gather together, in an egalitarian circle, in order to take consensus-based decisions regarding the key-challenges faced by the Alliance.Read more
YPFP Brussels is looking for motivated volunteers to join its team in a range of positions. All YPFP staff are professional volunteers. Volunteering is both a responsibility and an opportunity. YPFP offers skills development and training to its entire staff starting with an induction and regular, externally led staff training sessions.Read more
We sat down with YPFP Europe Fellow, Karlijn Jans to ask about your experience in the YPFP Fellowship Program and how she developed such a strong interest in defense and security policy.Read more
By the time that the results of the German federal elections are announced in Autumn 2017, the political landscape of the western world could look remarkably different to how it does today. By then, there could have been changes of government in Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Germany and most likely new Presidents in place in France, and Austria and definitely in the United States, all of which could have huge implications for co-operation amongst some of the world's most important political and economic players. Populism, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiment and the far-right will feature heavily in most, if not all of these elections, where the liberal political and economic order will be tested to the maximum. This should not come as a surprise.Read more
On the morning of 22 March, two terrorist attacks took place at the Brussels Zaventem Airport and one at Maalbeek station, a central Brussels metro stop. Our primary thoughts are with the victims and injured and their loved ones. YPFP as a global community stands united in condemning these coordinated attacks. Although YPFP is a non-partisan organization, we share a common position that violent attacks against civilians is utterly abhorrent.Read more
Brexit is not the only issue on the lips of Brussels political elite as EU political leaders travel to Brussels for what is sure to be a memorable Council meeting. Also today, the European Council meets to assess the progress made towards the implementation of the decisions taken in reaction to the migrant crisis. After many high-level meetings with external partners, such as Turkey and the Balkan States, EU leaders remain in search for a common strategy. Complicating the issue – Turkish officials who should also have been in Brussels to discuss their contributions to prevent irregular migration, have cancelled their visit following last night’s terrorist attack in Ankara.Read more
How would you react if you sat around the table of the North Atlantic Council and had to respond to a terrorist attack in one of the allied countries? This is the question we asked our members as they took part in the first every Brussels YPFP North Atlantic Council Simulation. The North Atlantic Council is NATO´s oldest and highest decision-making body, all decisions are reached through consensus. Rounding up our Action Points Series, generously supported by NATO, the Simulation aimed to immerse members in the trappings of decision-making and give them better insight into how the North Atlantic Alliance operates. Following the simulation our members came up with four takeaways on how decisions are made at NATO HQ.
On Friday 20 November, YPFP Brussels members and friends celebrated seven years of fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders at our annual gala dinner. For the first time, the Gala attracted significant corporate support from our Gold sponsor Google and our Silver sponsors Chevron and ExxonMobil. Our corporate sponsors interacted with 70 young professionals and YPFP partners.
YPFP Brussels hosted NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow as a part of our Action Points Series in collaborations with NATO. With instability looming on the Alliance’s eastern and southern flanks, the discussion with Ambassador Vershbow took our members on a tour de table of NATO’s development from the Cold War until today. His address, focused on the renewed relevance of deterrence in a new and unpredictable international security environment.