NATO Emerging Leaders Working Group

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Position Description 

The Atlantic Council is excited to announce that it is accepting applications for a working group of exceptional emerging leaders (ages 25-35) from across the NATO Alliance to recommend concrete proposals that support a renewed Trans-Atlantic Bond. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced the working group today to seek input from emerging leaders in the run-up to the NATO Summit in Wales this September and has asked the Atlantic Council to facilitate this unique international and nonpartisan initiative.

Roles and Responsibilities 

Following a competitive and merit-based application process, fifteen emerging leaders from NATO member countries will travel to the Atlantic Council’s Toward a Europe Whole and Free conference on April 29-May 1 in Washington, DC to meet senior leaders and begin drafting recommendations; to NATO HQ in Brussels this June to present recommendations to Alliance leaders; and – tentatively – to the NATO Summit in Wales this September. Members will have an opportunity to shape the discussions at and in the run-up to the 2014 NATO Summit and build a lasting community of peers committed to supporting a strong Trans-Atlantic bond for the twenty-first century. 

Eligibility and Requirements

Applicants may include elected officials, business leaders, journalists, legislative staff, military personnel and veterans, community leaders, policy experts, government officials, and other professionals working in a field of relevance to the Trans-Atlantic bond whose leadership experience, professional expertise, and direct role in influencing policy and public opinion position them to contribute substantively to the working group and provide innovative recommendations.

Please note:

  • Participants who have attended past Young Atlanticist Summits (in Chicago, Lisbon, Bucharest, Istanbul, and Prague) are not eligible to apply.
  • Members will have unique opportunities to travel and meet exceptional peers and Alliance leaders and should expect to participate fully in the events mentioned above in 2014 (the April 29-May 1 conference in DC, early June conference in Brussels, and tentatively planned Wales Summit which is scheduled for the week of September 5).

Application Instructions 

The deadline to apply is April 3, 2014. To learn more and apply, please visit If you have any questions, please contact Director of the Atlantic Council's Young Atlanticist Program, Jonathan Silverthorne, at