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?"
YPFP envisions the leader of 2030
Political extremism, transparency of TTIP, Africa’s progress, big data/cybersecurity and foreign policy hotspots were just some of the big topics that were discussed. For the aspiring foreign policy leaders of tomorrow, they must prepare for these challenges today.
Networking was one skill highlighted by many participants during the chat session. William Fox, Managing Director of YPFP Brussels wrote, “With employment as it is, people will be moving back and forth from sectors/industries, picking up skills along the way. The imperative thing is to keep and nurture all those networks. And not have a result where your professional life becomes a Twitter feed, missing opportunities in 5 seconds.”
“Tonight we’ve seen that the foreign policy leader of the future is going to need to translate policy into plain speaking. They’ll be leading a generation of social media literate voters, who are not going to accept obfuscation. And they’re going to need a broad set of skills, from understanding entrepreneurship to being a global citizen, to being multilingual. Also, they will need to be faster and more adaptable than any who have come before,” summarised Katrina Murray, Executive Director of YPFP Brussels.
The chat continues
For a video recap of Security Jam 2014, as well as the list of VIPs who participated, click here.
The event marks the second time in 2014 that YPFP leaders from across the world, from the US, to UK, to Belgium to Nigeria, engaged in policy debates simultaneously.
Roadmap for the future
Each forum was tasked with developing policy recommendations on their topics. The top ten recommendations will form a roadmap to be presented to the new NATO Secretary General and EU leadership as they take up their mandate and tackle issues such as the crises in Ukraine and Syria, as well as the challenges of cyber security.
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