Building Peace by Mediating in Violent Conflict: a Workshop

Main takeaways Conflict mediation and conciliation is a broad field that can be conceptualised and applied in very different ways. What matters, however, is that everyone engages in conflict mediation on an almost daily basis and usually the factors for success in mediation are similar, irrespective of whether applied to a global conflict or to…

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YPFP NATO Series 2023 – North Atlantic Council Simulation

On 24 November, YPFP Brussels held a NATO-sponsored North Atlantic Council (NAC) simulation at the NATO HQ in Brussels. The simulation was created by the Security and Defence Team of YPFP Brussels. Ms Lisa Picheny, from the NATO PASP Division, played the role of the Secretary General during the simulation, while Jonas Nitschke, Deputy Director…

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YPFP NATO Series 2023 – The Strategic Concept and NATO’s Next Decade

Main takeaways:   The 2022 Strategic Concept describes the security environment facing the Alliance, reaffirms its values, and spells out NATO’s key purpose of ensuring collective defence for its Allies.  In adherence to the Strategic Concept, NATO is adapting to meet the unique security demands of different regions. These regions include the Middle East and Northern…

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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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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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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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The Sahel: A Key Region for the EU’s Security

Executive Summary: The Sahel will be a key region on the EU’s agenda in the future as its stability greatly affects the EU’s southern border. A new EU strategy should focus on improving governance, addressing political instability, preventing radicalization, and protecting civilians. Terrorism cannot be fought by arms alone, a more holistic strategy should be…

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Why are gender and inclusivity important for peace and security?

Main Takeaways: A critical analysis of women’s inclusion in peace and security must be made to distinguish between their role as the forefront of transformation for women’s rights or as an essentialist presence to promote the façade of women’s inclusion. Gender as a concept cannot be discussed through binaries, but rather as an intersectionality that…

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