Understanding that a lack of trust and dialogue between Russia and the West is a significant obstacle to Euro-Atlantic Security, NTI and several partners in 2014 launched a unique capacity-building initiative designed to develop and foster a new generation of leaders equipped to tackle global challenges fueled by historic animosities: The Younger Generation Leaders Network on Euro-Atlantic Security (YGLN).
The network was designed as a trust-building platform to help future generations learn to communicate with one another so that they may avoid making the same mistakes that have plagued previous generations in addressing the region’s security issues.
Today, the YGLN includes 80 young professionals in their 20s and 30s from 27 countries across the Euro-Atlantic community. They come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, and they include specialists in economics, law, public policy, journalism, and business. The YGLN divides its members into four working groups: security, economics, civil society, and rule of law. Each group is tasked with facilitating dialogue on relevant policy issues related to the Euro-Atlantic region. The YGLN does not seek consensus; rather it promotes understanding through a broad exchange of diverse views and opinions.