YPFP Events

Putting a price on security: public perceptions of defence policy and spending

October 28, 2013 07:00 pm


Renaissance Hotel in Rue du Parnasse 19 (tbc) 1050 Ixelle Brussels

What: Putting a price on security: public perceptions of defence policy and spending

When: Monday 28 October 2013, 19.00-20.30

Where: Renaissance Hotel, Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Ixelles (near Place du Luxembourg)

Who: All members of YPFP Brussels and friends

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Global insecurity, from war in Syria to new security threats such as cyber, have unarguably negative economic, political and societal impacts. But while this cost is clear, the corresponding value attributed to the policies, organisations and military forces that provide security is harder to define. Declining defence budgets amongst NATO members are only one symptom of this difficulty: has public perception of security relegated defence policy to a second tier priority? Do politicians lack justifications to convince electorates, or have military capabilities simply lost their relevance in addressing contemporary security concerns? To what extent are these perceptions determined by a lack of appreciation of the economic benefits of international security and stability?

Proudly supported by NATO, YPFP invites you to join a panel of leading think-tankers to explore how widespread and deeply rooted these questions about the value of defence have become - and how to answer them. 


  • Ambassador Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Assistant Secretary General, NATO Public Diplomacy Division
  • Paul Chapin, Vice-President, Conference of Defence Associations Institute
  • Vivien Pertusot, Head of Brussels office, Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI),
  • Joerg Wolf, Editor in Chief, Atlantic-community.org 

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