Europe’s military drift: from a soft power union to ‘security provider’

On 24 May 2021, YPFP Brussels hosted an event in partnership with the Quaker Council for European Affairs titled “Europe’s military drift: from a soft power union to ‘security provider’”. YPFP Brussels Security and Defence Officer, Raquel Sequeira moderated the panel, with two speakers: Laëtitia Sédou, EU Programme Officer, European Network against the Arms Trade…

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Spotting Disinformation: A practical workshop

There are many online open-source tools that can help you discern if what you are reading or seeing is true or not. You just need to know what tools to look for. Everyone can become a “digital Sherlock” and train themselves to spot suspicious information and questionable sources. This is why education on digital and…

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NATO – the Road to Madrid: Changing Today to Meet the Challenges of Tomorrow

Main takeaways:    – The NATO Summit in Madrid will address strengthening NATO’s deterrence and defence, support to Ukraine and other partners at risk, a new NATO Strategic Concept, investment and resourcing, and Finland and Sweden’s application for membership.– The Summit comes at a crucial time in Europe’s history, making it very relevant for everyone. Nevertheless,…

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Career Opportunities within the EU Institutions in Brussels

Main takeaways:   The invited guests have very different academic backgrounds, motivations to come to Brussels and career developments, how they got their current positions. The career path of every person is very diverse and the most important thing is to be passionate and motivated to work in a specific field. Career talks are very helpful,…

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Hallyu – The South Korean secret to leverage influence on the world

Main takeaways:   South Korea’s position as one of the major democracies in Asia, as well as the recentelection of a China-skeptical presidential candidate, threaten to put pressure on relationswith the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing. More than ever, soft power and culturaldiplomacy are needed. Democratic partners in Asia are therefore of crucial importanceto the European…

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Ambassador Series with Stephan Klement

Main takeaways:   International Organizations are more than ever needed to provide spaces for strategic  diplomatic negotiations between different nations to enhance security for the public. This  also includes coordinated efforts between like-minded states as seen in the current war  in Ukraine or the JCPOA negotiations with the Islamic Republic in Iran.  Representing the EU and…

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The politicization of Humanitarianism in Africa

Main takeaways:   The world we live in today is one that is defined by humanitarian assistance provided by national and non-state actors on a global scale. Africa represents a continent that is heavily dependent on humanitarian aid. The main reason is the emergencies, both natural and human, that fuel famine, inequalities, and violent conflicts.  In…

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Humanitarian Aid in Times of Crisis

Main takeaways:   The EU provides assistance for countries and populations affected by disasters or humanitarian emergencies in line with the four main principles grounded in IHL. The DG ECHO mainly functions as a donor to NGOs or agencies with a solid commitment to maintaining support. Its annual budget is just over €1 billion. The DG…

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Communicating Defence the European Way

Main takeaways:   The future of European defence lays in the hand of a young European thinking generation. Main problem in making EU security and defence policy easily understandable is the fact, that everything in this regard has always to be communicated on behalf of the 27 Member States which partly have rather different approaches to…

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