Robert E. Berls Jr., PhD
Senior Advisor for Russia and Eurasia
The sixth meeting of the Younger Generation Leadership Network on Euro-Atlantic Security was held in Warsaw, Poland, on
April 2-6, 2017, and was attended by 56 participants. The meeting consisted of a mix of working
group and roundtable discussions and plenary meetings. Among the topics
discussed were the rise of populist regimes, generational differences in global
values, policies that may damage the current economic system, reforming the
international economic system, enhancing strategic stability in Europe,
NATO-Russia relations, and regional security challenges. Joining the working group and roundtable
discussions were senior Polish policy experts who addressed the agenda topics
from the Polish perspective.
At the two plenary meetings special attention was devoted to
the need to develop a plan for the future of the YGLN so that over time it can
become an independent organization with its own small administrative staff and
long-term funding sources. Adam
Hitchcock will chair a committee of YGLN participants that will take on the
task of transforming the YGLN into a permanent organization.
The next meeting of the YGLN will be held in the fall of
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Over 50 young leaders from more than 20 countries gathered in Minsk to focus on topics such as Ukraine and the relationship between Russia and the West.
Members of the Younger Generation Leaders Network on Euro-Atlantic Security held their fifth meeting in Helsinki from September 4-7, 2016.
The fifth meeting of the Younger Generation Leadership Network (YGLN) on Euro-Atlantic Security will take place on September 4-7, 2016 in Helsinki, Finland.