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Younger Generation Leaders Network on Euro-Atlantic Security (YGLN): Developing a new generation of leaders

The YGLN is composed of 90 members in their early careers who are rising stars and specialists in security policy, economics, journalism, law and civil society. Formed in 2014 in reaction to the Ukraine crisis, the YGLN was created to bridge the divide between Russia and the West and establish a much needed platform for understanding and dialogue at a time when relations between major powers were becoming toxic.

Membership

Consisting of 29 nationalities, the YGLN continues to provide a secure forum for future leaders to build trust and dialogue on the most pressing security challenges facing wider Europe and North America.

The membership works across four working groups: Security, Civil Society, Economics and Rule of Law. Each working group facilitates dialogue on relevant policy issues related to the Euro-Atlantic region.

Latest ELN publications by YGLN members

Commentary

Why Europe and the US need to talk about sanctions

The first 100 days of the Biden administration have shown that the US is keen to continue using sanctions as its default foreign-policy tool, notably against Russia, writes Agathe Demarais. However, America’s enthusiasm for sanctions on Moscow comes with serious risks for the transatlantic alliance.

7 May 2021 | Agathe Demarais
Media coverage

Roger Hilton: “A ‘burn’ on the Ukrainian border”

YGLN member Roger Hilton discusses the raising tensions in Russia-Ukraine border in his new article for New Europe, "A 'burn' on the Ukrainian border". He argues that Russian President Vladimir Putin has mishandled the situation while destabilising Eastern Ukraine could only make things worse...

19 April 2021

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.