The Younger Generation Leaders Network on Euro-Atlantic Security (YGLN) is a capacity-building initiative that is designed to foster dialogue among emerging leaders from the United States, Russia, Ukraine, and Europe on contemporary challenges facing the Euro-Atlantic region.
The YGLN will hold its sixth meeting in Warsaw, Poland from April 2-6.
As in the past, the network’s four working groups – civil society, rule of law, security and economics – have prepared a robust agenda. Among the topics the YGLN will discuss are the rise of populism, challenges to the rule of law and independent judiciaries under populist regimes, generational differences in global values, policies that may damage the current economic system, reforming the international economic system, enhancing strategic stability and security in Europe, and regional security challenges.
These and other issues will be viewed and debated from the diverse viewpoints of the YGLN participants and from the local perspective in Warsaw where significant changes are taking place as a result of policies introduced by the new government. In fact, the meeting has been extended by a day to allow members to spend more time with our Polish colleagues and outside experts discussing the challenges facing Poland’s domestic and foreign policies and learning more about the rich culture and history of this critically important country in the heart of Europe.
To better understand the YGLN, we recently surveyed a subset of members. In our last Atomic Pulse post, they discussed why they joined the YGLN. Here, they address what they view as the most pressing security challenges facing the region and how they believe the YGLN can help address these challenges.
Pavel Kanevskiy, associate professor of political science and vice dean at the Lomonosov Moscow State University and expert at the Russian International Affairs Council:
Our generation’s biggest challenge is to reinvent a common vision and global values, based on the ideas of progress and enlightenment that would lead the world away from new conflicts, isolationism, nationalism, mistrust. Many historical lessons remain unlearnt today, that’s why our generation needs a lot of knowledge to avoid systemic traps. There is no simple recipe for doing that, hence the challenge must be taken seriously and realistically.