YATA Germany at the Berlin Security Conference 2019

YATA-Mem­ber Frie­de­ri­ke Delil­le wro­te a report from the Ber­lin Secu­ri­ty Con­fe­rence 2019.

This year, once again, the¬≠re was the gre¬≠at oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ty for YATA mem¬≠bers to par¬≠ti¬≠ci¬≠pa¬≠te in the Ber¬≠lin Secu¬≠ri¬≠ty Con¬≠fe¬≠rence on Novem¬≠ber 26‚Äď27. YATA Ger¬≠ma¬≠ny had an info booth in order to pro¬≠mo¬≠te the invol¬≠ve¬≠ment of today‚Äôs youth and future lea¬≠ders in secu¬≠ri¬≠ty and defen¬≠se mat¬≠ters as well as to spread infor¬≠ma¬≠ti¬≠on about its own and the Ger¬≠man Atlan¬≠tic Association‚Äôs (Deut¬≠sche Atlan¬≠ti¬≠sche Gesell¬≠schaft) work. Seven moti¬≠va¬≠ted young vol¬≠un¬≠te¬≠ers super¬≠vi¬≠sed the booth and had the oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ty to access high-level panel dis¬≠cus¬≠sions.

‚ÄúEuro¬≠pe and its exter¬≠nal chal¬≠len¬≠ges ‚Äď a 360¬į approach in uncer¬≠tain times‚ÄĚ was the mot¬≠to of this year‚Äôs Ber¬≠lin Secu¬≠ri¬≠ty Con¬≠fe¬≠rence, which took place in the Vien¬≠na House Andel‚Äôs Ber¬≠lin. Dr. Hans-Gert P√∂t¬≠te¬≠ring, for¬≠mer Pre¬≠si¬≠dent of the Euro¬≠pean Par¬≠lia¬≠ment, Repre¬≠sen¬≠ta¬≠ti¬≠ve for Euro¬≠pean Affairs of the Kon¬≠rad-Ade¬≠nau¬≠er Foun¬≠da¬≠ti¬≠on ope¬≠ned this Con¬≠gress on Euro¬≠pean Secu¬≠ri¬≠ty and Defen¬≠se now in its 18th year. In his speech he stres¬≠sed out the need for the EU to do much more in secu¬≠ri¬≠ty and defen¬≠se in the future in order to face the dete¬≠rio¬≠ra¬≠ting inter¬≠na¬≠tio¬≠nal envi¬≠ron¬≠ment and the gro¬≠wing inter- and trans¬≠na¬≠tio¬≠nal thre¬≠ats.

Loren¬≠zo Gueri¬≠ni, Italy‚Äôs Minis¬≠ter of Defen¬≠se and Miros¬≠lav Lajc√°k, Minis¬≠ter of For¬≠eign and Euro¬≠pean Affairs of the Slo¬≠vak Repu¬≠blic, spo¬≠ke then in favor of a mutu¬≠al com¬≠ple¬≠men¬≠ta¬≠ri¬≠ty bet¬≠ween NATO and the EU. The neigh¬≠bo¬≠ring coun¬≠try, Ita¬≠ly, was this year‚Äôs part¬≠ner of the BSC. Given the more com¬≠plex secu¬≠ri¬≠ty situa¬≠ti¬≠on, the mul¬≠ti¬≠po¬≠lar world, and incre¬≠a¬≠sing hybrid thre¬≠ats the 360¬į approach of this year‚Äôs mot¬≠to is urgent¬≠ly nee¬≠ded.

The key¬≠note spee¬≠ches also made clear ‚ÄúWe can¬≠not defend our¬≠sel¬≠ves without the US‚ÄĚ but at the same time, Euro¬≠pe must con¬≠ti¬≠nue and find the cou¬≠ra¬≠ge to invest in its own secu¬≠ri¬≠ty and the sta¬≠bi¬≠liz¬≠a¬≠ti¬≠on of its neigh¬≠bour¬≠hood. We need NATO and a strong Euro¬≠pe to deal with the cur¬≠rent nume¬≠rous thre¬≠ats and the resul¬≠ting secu¬≠ri¬≠ty chal¬≠len¬≠ges. But strength alo¬≠ne is not enough: ¬ĽEuro¬≠pe must act,¬ę empha¬≠si¬≠zed the spea¬≠kers. Again this year, Rus¬≠sia has been repeated¬≠ly in the focus. Against this cur¬≠rent back¬≠ground, the ple¬≠na¬≠ry lis¬≠tened very atten¬≠tively to the words of Rus¬≠si¬≠an Depu¬≠ty For¬≠eign Minis¬≠ter Alex¬≠an¬≠der Grush¬≠ko, who, unsur¬≠pri¬≠sin¬≠gly, pre¬≠sen¬≠ted his government‚Äôs view.

In addi­ti­on to Euro­pean secu­ri­ty and regio­nal sta­bi­li­ty and the rela­ti­ons­hip bet­ween EU and NATO, the Medi­ter­ra­ne­an Sea and North Afri­ca, PESCO and the EU Defen­se stra­te­gy, Arms Con­trol, and many other issu­es have been addres­sed. In the panels, 10 altog­e­ther, more con­cre­te chal­len­ges and initia­ti­ves as well as tech­no­lo­gy, rese­arch, deve­lo­p­ment and pro­cu­re­ment have been dis­cus­sed.

It was an extra­or­di­na­ry oppor­tu­ni­ty for inte­res­ted YATA mem­bers to fol­low up on poli­ti­cal, indus­tri­al but also mili­ta­ry insights of the inter­na­tio­nal secu­ri­ty and defen­se dis­cour­se and to net­work with some experts.

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