Engaging the Leaders of Tomorrow: YPFP Brussels-NATO Event

Posted on July 16, 2012

“NATO has never been set in stone,” says Dr Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Emerging Security Challenges Division, addressing a packed room of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) members on the Chicago Summit and its impact on the Alliance, on Tuesday 10 July at the European Parliament.

“Its future vitality and effectiveness depends critically on its leaders and in particular on their vision and engagement. Therefore it is important for young professionals to fully grasp the issues facing NATO's future post-Chicago. Because sooner than they think, they will be in the leadership positions where they will have to make the key decisions to safeguard Euro-Atlantic security in the 21st century,” explains Dr Shea, who spoke alongside Jan Techau, the Director of Carnegie Europe, and Geoffrey Van Orden, a Member of the European Parliament at the debate organised by YPFP.

Engaging with those who could be shaping the global security agenda tomorrow is an important part of NATO’s public diplomacy agenda today. Each year the Alliance sponsors and organizes a range of events and programmes in order to speak with and listen to young people all over the world.

“Young Professionals in Foreign Policy is a key network of people who are already making their mark as potential leaders and will make it even more strongly as real leaders in the years ahead,” says Dr Shea. “As a result, there is no more important group for NATO to engage with at this critical juncture in its evolution.”

For the full link to the event description, click here.