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YGLN


The Younger Generation Leaders Network on Euro-Atlantic Security (YGLN) brings together nearly 80 emerging leaders of 28 nationalities throughout Europe – including Russia and Turkey – and the United States to discuss the most pressing Euro-Atlantic security challenges of the 21st century.

About the Younger Generation
Leaders Network

The most significant obstacle to Euro-Atlantic security is the lack of trust between Russia and the West. This lack of trust has both contributed to, and been exacerbated by, the crisis in Ukraine and the widening differences on important political, security, economic issues. This in turn undermines the capacity for cooperation, increases tensions, raises costs and threatens to draw a new dividing line through Europe.

The Younger Generation Leaders Network on Euro-Atlantic Security (YGLN) works to bridge this divide, bringing together nearly 80 emerging leaders of 27 nationalities throughout Europe – including Russia and Turkey – and the United States to discuss the most pressing Euro-Atlantic security challenges of the 21st century.

The YGLN initiative responds to an urgent need for fresh thinking and a renewed discussion on the future of Euro-Atlantic security among rising leaders from all sides.

Given the centrality of the developments in Ukraine for the European security, the YGLN is working to identify practical steps relating to Ukraine while also addressing the broader regional challenges that have contributed to this crisis. While the YGLN will be focused on strengthening the security environment in the Euro-Atlantic region, it will also explore the broader economic, political and structural issues that have contributed to the current divide.

It is essential that future generations learn to communicate with one another and ultimately learn from both the successes and failures of previous eras. This will not be an easy or quick process. But given the gravity of what is at stake, it is imperative that there is platform for slowly rebuilding trust – such that future leaders can learn to work together to manage disputes and address common challenges.

YGLN Meetings

The YGLN aims to meet on a bi-annual basis in order to introduce the network to policy makers from around the Euro-Atlantic area, exchange ideas among themselves, and to determine the future development of the YGLN.

Latest YGLN publications

Media coverage

ELN Policy Fellow Alice Billon-Galland in De Volkskrant

On the day of the second ministerial meeting of the European Intervention Initiative (E2I) in the Netherlands, Alice Billon-Galland spoke to Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant about what is at stake for France and what E2I means for European security.

20 September 2019
European Defence
Policy brief

Outlines for future conventional arms control in Europe: A sub-regional regime in the Baltics

Deteriorating relations between Russia and NATO and the increasing capacity for rapid deployment and concentration of forces increases instability and the risk of military escalation, namely in the Baltic region. Against this background, the countries concerned could be interested in a conventional arms control regime that helps to prevent destabilising build-ups of forces and to enhance maritime security.

3 September 2019 | Evgeny Buzhinskiy and Oleg Shakirov
Euro-Atlantic Security