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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On 23 November, YPFP Brussels held a NATO-sponsored workshop on diplomacy in the field of security. The event was moderated by Marina Otasevic, Security and Defence officer at YPFP Brussels. Jorgen Christian Jorgensen, the Secretary of the North Atlantic Council, was the main speaker and Marija Sulce, Director of Security and Defence at YPFP Brussels,…

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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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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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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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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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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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