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

The YGLN is composed of more than 100 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.

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. View a list of its members here:

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The East-West Coffee Shop

Welcome to the East-West Coffee Shop! This format, embracing podcast episodes and videos, is brought to you by the Younger Generation Leaders Network (YGLN). Pour yourself a coffee and join our discussions on some of the most pressing challenges and threats for the Euro-Atlantic region, and what can we do to confront them.

Latest ELN publications by YGLN members

Outside Palais
Commentary

The YGLN annual gathering: An invaluable venue for dialogue between young leaders from Russia and the West

In this critical period, the ELN’s Younger Generation Leaders Network on Euro-Atlantic Security (YGLN) held its annual gathering from 13-16 June in Switzerland, sponsored by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Members met with the French and Norwegian Permanent Representatives to the United Nations Office in Geneva, as well as representatives from the Swedish, German, and Dutch Missions and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR).

12 July 2022 | Daniel Shapiro

YGLN in the Media

Media coverage

YGLN Members Mourn the Loss of Mentor and Friend Robert E. Berls, Jr.

With the passing of Robert E. Berls, Jr., the YGLN and its members lost a valued mentor, friend, and role model. Bob Berls passed away on November 10, 2021. Bob Berls, who was a senior advisor for Russia and Eurasia at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, was one of the bright minds who brought...

29 November 2021
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Media coverage

ELN Policy Fellow Katarina Kertysova interviewed by Euractiv

ELN Policy Fellow Katarina Kertysova was interviewed by Euractiv about a recent NATO survey looking at how citizens perceive the principles of collective defense, increasing funding, or working with the EU, Russia or China. She argued that the government and ministries in Slovakia must...

23 July 2021
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Media coverage

ELN Policy Fellow Katarina Kertysova quoted in Voice of America News

ELN Policy Fellow Katarina Kertysova spoke to VOA's Henry Ridgwell about the Arctic Council Ministerial, Russia's climate strategy, and the militarisation of the Arctic, which continues to undermine regional cooperation on areas of mutual interest. The article can be found here.

20 May 2021
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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.

YGLN Funders

YGLN Team