NATO’s Future Seminar 2019- Call for applications

9 September, 2019

In order to foster the understanding of security politics, to establish an international dialogue among the younger generation, and to connect emerging leaders from NATO member and partner countries with senior decision-makers, YATA Germany will host a seminar from November 9-11, 2019, focusing on key issues of transatlantic security.

In an open and competitive call for panels, the members of YATA Germany chose three topics on the basis of their ideas and expectations through the lens of NATO’s future. We are delighted to invite you to apply to discuss one of the following topics in-depth:

1. Boon and bane of social media in a changing communication environment. How should NATO (re)act?
2. The concept of a European Army and NATO – Useful addition or undermining contradiction?
3. Troubled Waters? NATO’s relationship with North Africa and the Mediterranean Region

To each session, senior political and military experts will be invited to discuss ideas and recommendations developed by the participants of the seminar (for details, see the agenda).

All participants will also participate in the main conference “NATO AT 70 – NO TIME TO RETIRE“ on November 11 at the Press and Information Office of the Federal Government, an international conference co-hosted by the German Atlantic Association and the Federal Academy for Security Policy. The aim of the conference is to address NATO’s current agenda in the run-up for the 2019 summit in London and to mark NATO’s 70th anniversary. Against the background of rapid changes in the alliance’s security environment. Funded by the Press and Information Office of the Federal Government and NATO PDD, high-ranking politicians, diplomats, military officials, and representatives from academia and civil society, will discuss the implementation process as well as future challenges to the alliance.


• Students with an academic background in International Relations and Security Studies and young professionals who have begun a career in a related field
• Between 18 and 35 years of age
• NATO or PfP country citizenship
• Past experience and/or studies relating to: security or defense policy; democratic transitions; international law; humanitarian issues; or any other fields of relevance to the transatlantic partnership.
• Working knowledge of English (German is not mandatory)
• Re-aplications of NATO´s Future alumni participants cannot be accepted (however, we are glad to provide a limited number of speakers positions for NATOs Future alumnis, please contact us directly)
• There is no participation fee for the seminar. YATA Germany will offer travel reimbursements of up to €100/€200 (national/international), provided that participants will choose affordable travel options. We will also provide accommodation in central Berlin from November 09 to 12.


• Candidates are asked to fill out the online form by Monday, September 23
• a short CV (in English)
• a cover letter indicating the candidates’ motivation of participation and a preference for one of the three working groups (max 500 words)
• an abstract (140 character long [Tweet]) outlining the main arguments of the participant’s essay.
• Selected participants are expected to submit their original essays, reflecting their views on one of the three policy questions outlined above as well as three to five specific policy recommendations for NATO, member states, and partners (5,000 characters), which will be published in a special booklet for the seminar and conference.
• German participants are also warmly invited to take part in our new essay competition to win the “Jürgen Bornemann Prize”. This essay competition is intended to commemorate Lieutenant General Jürgen Bornemann. On September 19th 2009, Bornemann was elected Director of the International Military Staff. An assignment he held until his retirement in June 2013. Subsequently, he became involved – in recent years as a member of board – in the German Atlantic Association (DAG). During these years Bornemann was engaged in numerous DAG-projects throughout Germany; continuously, the involvement of young people was a special matter for him.
The best essay will be published on the DAG homepage and the winner is invited to participate in a delegation trip for young transatlanticists to Washington D.C., USA, organized by the DAG. This trip is a unique opportunity to gain first-hand insights into some of the most important institutions in Washington, to take a look behind the scenes of U.S.-politics throughout numerous briefings and to connect with German and American experts working in the field of transatlantic partnership.You can indicate your participation in the essay competition (German participants only) when filling out the online form. This year’s delegation trip will take place November 18 – 23, 2019. Please only participate if the travel dates are suitable for you. Good luck!Successful applicants for the seminar will be informed by the beginning of October and are requested to send in the final essays by October 15.

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We look forward to welcoming you in Berlin!

Veronika Fucela, Kamala Jakubeit, Leo Simon, Pieter Brandt
YATA Germany Executive Board