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.
The article, written by Håvard Sandvik, Director for Security & Defence Programming and Sophia Kabir, former Security and Defence Deputy Director, was created thanks to the contributions of selected YPFP Brussels members.
"I am thrilled and honored that YPFP has been able to contribute to the European Defence Agency (EDA)'s anniversary publication - "10 Years of Working Together". By partnering with us, the EDA rightly recognises the importance of giving young people a say on the future of European security and defence," states co-author Håvard Sandvik, Director, Security & Defence Programming, YPFP Brussels.
In the article, Catherine Lefèvre, co-founder of Global Public Policy Watch and researcher at the Kosovar Institute for Security Studies suggested gamechangers such as cyberwarfare, violent extremism and the conflicts in the Middle-East as would force the EU to improve levels of trust and cross-border cooperation and define stronger common frameworks. Meanwhile, Karlijn Jans, Policy Adviser at the EU Office of the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and a Board Member of the Atlantic Youth, felt there was opportunity for the development of new defence strategies to stimulate, enhance and re-assess Europe’s security outlook.
The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not reflect the views of their employer or Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.