Over 50 young leaders from more than 20 countries gathered in Minsk, Belarus on Sept 2-6 2017 for the 7th Plenary Session of the Younger Generation Leadership Network on Euro-Atlantic Security (YGLN). The network brings together young professionals from across the Euro-Atlantic region, including the United States, Russia, and Europe, to discuss contemporary policy issues facing the region. Its sponsors are the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the European Leadership Network, the Russian International Affairs Council, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Latvian Institute for International Affairs, and the George Kennan Institute.
The Minsk meeting focused on topics including the crisis in Ukraine, prospective relations between the Eurasian Economic Union and the European Union, relations between Russia and the West, as well as the political, economic, rule of law, and civil society landscape in Belarus. Prominent speakers included the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Oleg Kravchenko, Belarusian Parliamentary leaders, and representatives of Belarusian civil society and academic institutions.
The plenary meeting also focused on the long-term sustainability of the network. The network adopted a sustainability plan to transition the network to a self-governing organization in 2018.The next YGLN plenary session will be held in the spring of 2018.