Ambassadors Series with Clint Tanti

Main takeaways:   Belgium is highly committed to its role in the UN-system and remains a firm believer  in and supporter of multilateralism.  Belgium supports that EU Member States should speak more with one voice in the UN system to reinforce political credibility.  Human rights remain a major priority for Belgium in Geneva, and it is…

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Economic Problems in 2023 Explained: A Centre-right Approach

Key takeaways:  The monetary policy in today’s world is to control inflation through interest rates.  When one comes to speak about the economy, he/she has to go back to the financial crisis which lasted up until 2014.  The economic outlook today is very uncertain, where there is lower and negative growth, a possible recession. However,…

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Model North Atlantic Council

On 3 December, YPFP Brussels held a NATO-sponsored North Atlantic Council (NAC) simulation over half a day. The simulation was created by the Security and Defence Team of YPFP Brussels with the support of Ruben Diaz-Plaja, Senior Policy Advisor, Policy Planning Unit, NATO HQ. Mr Diaz-Plaja also played the role of the Secretary General during…

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Security in the Asia-Pacific: What Role for NATO?

On 26 October, YPFP Brussels held a NATO-sponsored event on security in the Asia-Pacific. The event was moderated by Smiljana Cujic, Security and Defence Officer at YPFP Brussels, with the panel consisting of: James Bernardi, First Secretary of Defence, Australia Mission to NATO and the EU; Lt. Col. Aaron Thomas, Defence Policy Advisor, U.S. Mission…

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The Future of the Arctic

On 28 September, YPFP Brussels held a NATO-sponsored event on Arctic security, titled “The Future of the Arctic”. Ville Majamaa, Security and Defence Officer at YPFP Brussels, moderated the panel with three speakers: Heidi Kjærnet, Permanent Delegation of Norway to NATO; LtCol Richard Showalter, NATO International Military Staff; and Dr Niklas Nováky, Wilfried Martens Centre…

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Ambassador Series with Daniela Morari

Main takeaways: On November 2, 2022, YPFP hosted an Ambassador Series event, together with the Mission of the Republic of Moldova to the European Union and the Head of the Mission, Ambassador Daniela Morari. The event was moderated by Programmes Officer Linn Sommerhoff. The brief presentation of Ambassador Morari made it clear what challenges Moldova…

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Children in Armed Conflict

Main takeaways: On November 17, 2022, YPFP hosted a UN Series event on ‘Children in Armed Conflict’. The event was moderated by UN Series Officer Lina Stahl, who was joined by Brigid Kennedy Pfister, a Senior Child Protection Specialist from UNICEF, and Sharon Riggle, the Chief of Office/Chief of Advocacy and Outreach for the UN…

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EU defence – towards a stronger and more decisive Europe

Main takeaways:– Ignored and neglected for too long, defence has risen to the very top of the EU’s agenda, even animating summit debates among Heads of State and Government. This approach reflects not only the worsening threat environment we live in, but also Europe’s acknowledgement that it needs to take more responsibility for its own…

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