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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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YPFP Brussels calls for volunteer applications

YPFP Brussels has just launched its autumn round of volunteer recruitment with staff openings across all teams of the YPFP Brussels branch.

The call for new volunteers covers roles in Communications & Marketing, Membership, and in both the Security and Defence Programming and Programming teams.

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YPFP is a proud partner of the 2014 Security & Defence Agenda Security Jam!

The Security Jam, is a unique annual event organised by the Brussels-based think-tank and YPFP partner, Security & Defence Agenda (SDA). The Jam is divided into six thematic online forums in which participants get the chance to chat with thousands of political and military leaders, civil society representatives, academics, captains of industry and journalists. 

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