More than 40 young leaders from Europe, Russia, Ukraine and the United States gathered in Brussels on Feb. 29-March 3 for a meeting of the Younger Generation Leaders Network on Euro-Atlantic Security. During the three-day meeting panel discussions were held that focused on prospects for peace and development in Ukraine in 2016, the challenges Europe faces from the terrorism and mass migration, relations between the European Union and Russia, and the complex relationship between NATO and Russia. Participating in these discussions were senior officials from the European Commission, ambassadors to the European Union and NATO and representatives from major international and nongovernmental organizations.
Speakers to the group include Vladimir Chizhov, Russian Ambassador to the EU; Alexander Grushko, Russian Ambassador to NATO; Jiřί Šedivý, Czech Ambassador to NATO; Yehor Bozhok, the head of the Ukraine Mission to NATO; and Alexander Vershbow, Deputy Secretary General of NATO.
NTI established this capacity-building initiative in 2014; this will be their fourth meeting. It is designed to foster dialogue among young professionals from the United States, Russia, Ukraine and Europe on contemporary challenges facing Ukraine and the Euro-Atlantic region. It currently consists of 47 young leaders from 16 countries.
The network has been supported in partnership with Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the European Leadership Network, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Kennan Institute, Latvian Institute of Internatioanl Afffairs, Munich Security Conference, Polish Institute of International Affairs and Russian International Affairs Council.