Report: NATO’s Future Seminar 2019

Young, Dynamic, Transatlantic: NATO’s Future Seminar 2019 in Berlin

Bet­ween Novem­ber 9–12, YATA Ger­ma­ny wel­co­med 36 stu­dents and young pro­fes­sio­nals from over 20 NATO mem­ber and part­ner sta­tes for its annu­al NATO’s Future Semi­nar in Ber­lin.

Brin­ging to the table pre-writ­ten essays with recom­men­da­ti­ons, the par­ti­ci­pants dis­cus­sed and refi­ned said recom­men­da­ti­ons vis-à-vis their peers and top-level expert panels with respect to three topics:

  • How should NATO react to the chan­ging envi­ron­ment of social media com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on?
  • What should the coö­pe­ra­ti­on bet­ween the EU and NATO look like in the future?
  • What should NATO’s rela­ti­ons­hip with North Afri­ca and the Medi­ter­ra­ne­an be like?

After two days of hard work, the Bri­tish Embas­sy hos­ted a net­wor­king din­ner during which the young lea­ders could con­nect, befo­re which Made­li­ne Knox, First Secreta­ry For­eign & Secu­ri­ty Poli­cy at the Bri­tish Embas­sy in Ber­lin held a lively deba­te with the group.

The young lea­ders also had the for­mi­da­ble chan­ce to par­ta­ke in the Ger­man Atlan­tic Association’s NATO Talk Con­fe­rence „NATO at 70 – No Time to Reti­re“ on Novem­ber 11, 2019, whe­re the seminar‘s results were pre­sen­ted and dis­tri­bu­t­ed among the more than 400 inter­na­tio­nal guests from poli­tics, mili­ta­ry, aca­de­mia, and the pri­va­te sec­tor. The group also got to meet the Ger­man Minis­ter of Defence, Anne­gret Kramp-Kar­ren­bau­er, after she held a mea­ning­ful speech about the need for a re-ori­en­ta­ti­on of Ger­man for­eign and secu­ri­ty poli­tics and the impor­t­ance of NATO.

Still, after three days of ple­nty and valu­able input, the young lea­ders with a heart for the trans­at­lan­tic part­ners­hip com­ple­ted their stay in Ber­lin with a hea­ted deba­te on an event hos­ted by the Ger­man Atlan­tic Asso­cia­ti­on and the Geor­gi­an Embas­sy on the case of Georgia’s acces­si­on to NATO.

The event was co-spon­so­red by YATA Germany’s mother orga­niz­a­ti­on, the Ger­man Atlan­tic Asso­cia­ti­on, and NATO’s Public Diplo­ma­cy Divi­si­on.

Each year, it is an excel­lent and encou­ra­ging expe­ri­ence for the YATA Ger­ma­ny board to see such gre­at enthu­si­asm and enga­ge­ment for NATO and its chal­len­ges in young aca­de­mics and lea­ders from all over the alli­an­ce and its sta­tes. We are loo­king for­ward to wel­co­m­ing fresh new­co­mers, to see fami­li­ar faces, and to fur­ther and cross each other’s paths!

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