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Two reasons why the NATO Spearhead still matters

Earlier this year, YPFP Brussels, with the support of NATO, challenged our members to make concrete proposals for the best use of NATO’s expeditionary forces. The backdrop was the 2014 NATO Wales Summit where outgoing Secretary-General Rasmussen launched NATO's new spearhead force (VJTF – Very High Readiness Joint Task Force). NATO’s rapid response force dates back to 2006, but with the advent of the new VJTF significantly improved the Alliance's ability to intervene quickly in evolving security challenges.

A year into the Spearhead Force build-up we have seen significant steps made by the Alliance to reduce force response time, yet in the wake of terror threats and an ongoing Syrian civil war where NATO is playing a marginal role, pundits are again asking, what is the point of a VJTF if political will to deploy it is lacking? Håvard Sandvik, Director, Security and Defence Programming argues that the Spearhead helps NATO in two key ways, likely to reappear in the context of next year's Warsaw Summit. 

 

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUMMER READING LIST

For many of us, summer is the perfect time to catch-up on our reading lists that do not include memos, briefings or emails. Even President Obama unveiled the books that will keep him busy over the warm summer months. 

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Interview with Shari Cupido, Diplomat

On 16 June, YPFP Brussels will host it's first "Ambassador Series" with an African nation.  The South African Ambassador, Mxolisi Nkosi, will speak about "The Role of Youth in Development and Security in Southern Africa." On this occasion, Shari Cupido, a South African diplomat in Brussels spoke to us about her career path, lessons learned and what advice she gives to aspiring diplomats.

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How to become a female leader in politics?

As YPFP Brussels celebrated International Women's Day in March, we declared it to be the focus of our monthly content theme. Although more and more women take on various roles in foreign policy, gaps still remain. As part of the conversation and the debate, YPFP Brussels thought: what common traits do female leaders share? What unique traits do they have? To this end, a lighthearted approach was taken to identify the boxes that need to be checked, resulting in the infographic below. 

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YPFP Brussels ready to launch 4th edition of Advisers Programme

The Advisers Programme quickly became an established part of YPFP’s activities in Brussels. We have organised three cycles so far and are excited to launch the next (fourth) one in the coming days.

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European Defence Agency celebrates 10 years in yearbook, with YPFP Brussels Members contribution


Through our partnership with the European Defence Agency (EDA), YPFP Brussels was given the unique opportunity to write an article on the outlook of young professionals on the future of the security and defence sector. Our contribution was featured as part of EDA’s Anniversary book “10 Years of Working Together” alongside the thoughts and opinions of more than fifteen Prime Ministers, Ministers of Defence, CEOs, and leading researchers.

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YPFP Brussels speaker, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, becomes President of the Republic of Croatia

YPFP Brussels congratulates Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, a previous YPFP speaker, on becoming the first female President of the Republic of Croatia.

 

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Three reasons why drones are more instrumental in Iraq than in Syria

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), inspire opposition like hardly any other conventional weapons system. Armed UAVs - colloquially known as drones - are used in Syria and Iraq in the fight against the insurgent terrorist group, Islamic State (IS).

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The Age of Austerity and Aid: EU Development Goals for 2030 and Beyond

 

The European Union is the world’s largest aid donor. Naturally, it wants to set the international development agenda when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015. However, with the development budget being slashed in response to austerity measures, the EU’s Overseas Development Aid (ODA) could be facing a real term decline for the first time in its history.

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YPFP Discusses the Leader of 2030 at the 2014 Security & Defence Agenda Security Jam!

Last week, a whole online community gathered in front of their computers to take part in The Security Jam, a unique annual event organised by the Brussels-based think-tank and YPFP partner, Security & Defence Agenda (SDA). In this JamChat, YPFP staff and other interlocutors from SDA from around the world had the opportunity to tackle the question: "What skills, knowledge and networks will the foreign policy leader of 2030 need?"

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