In addition to your sunglasses, comfy clothes and cheerful mood, do not forget to take with you a few stimulating online readings from the YPFP Summer Reading List. It will be the perfect combination for a beautiful day outdoors while reading exciting pieces picked by YPFP members and staff.

Check out our five selections for a link to where you can find each article. And, of course, do not forget to use the tags: #YPFPBrussels #SummerReading

Have a fabulous summer!

“Quo Vadis Arctic? The EU and its Northern Neighbourhood”, Andreas Raspotnik (member, YPFP Brussels) & Andreas 0sthagen

After the EU’s decade-long norther efforts with only minor progress, one pivotal question remains: will the EU continue to devote resources to its Arctic role?

“U.S. Aid Cuts to UN Agency Signal Shortcomings of Trump Foreign Policy”, Robert Quealy (Advisor, YPFP Brussels)

Even if the Trump Administration ultimately reverses its decision to withhold $65 million from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the UNRWA is still set to face the largest financial crisis in its history with a budget almost $200 million less than in previous years.

“Not Just a Numbers Game: NATO, Women, and Countering Terrorism Women Critical to Countering Violent Extremism”, Diana de Vivo (Programme Officer, YPFP Brussels)

The past decade has shown that peace-building, peacekeeping, and international development programs that employ a gender perspective and amplify the participation of women in decision-making are more effective.

“Europe must stop pretending that everyone is hoping for it to succeed”, Adrian Garcia-Esteve (Communications Officer, YPFP Brussels)

The trust of the 21st century is that we are not so removed from history as we might wish. Whether through concrete action or geopolitical posturing, idealogocial rivals to the Western model exist, and are not necessarily thrilled to play second fiddle.

“From Paper to Practice: Working Towards Gender-Responsive Budgeting in the EU”, Hazel Ebenezer (Tools of the Trade Officer, YPFP Brussels)

Gender-budgeting has been largely excluded from mainstream European policy-making. Yet, this ommission stunts the progress that the European Union is capable of.

 

The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the views of their employer or Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

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