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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.

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

Ukraine
Commentary

Young leaders’ perspectives on Europe’s security crisis

The ELN’s Younger Generation Leaders Network on Euro-Atlantic Security (YGLN) has intensified its convening since the Russian invasion of Ukraine and has held weekly meetings, every one of which has been attended by Ukrainians, Russians, other Europeans and Americans alike. Through these meetings, all parties involved have engaged in fruitful and frank dialogue and have retained their commitment to engagement even in the toughest of times. Below, we discuss some key takeaways from our first three months of meetings.

30 May 2022 | Daniel Shapiro
Cyber
Commentary

Collective cyber defence and attack: NATO’s Article 5 after the Ukraine conflict

The cyber side of conflict has become a prominent topic in recent years, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has made the discussion of this topic all the more relevant. In this commentary, Michael Klipstein and Tinatin Japaridze argue that NATO should consider and create policy for collective cyber defence, and potentially offense, under Article 5 of the NATO Charter.

Commentary

The US-Russia military hotline in Europe: Key principles for risk reduction from the US-Russia deconfliction measures in Syria

Despite diplomatic channels between Russia and Western countries narrowing in the aftermath of the invasion, in early March the US and Russia announced that they would establish a hotline to avoid miscalculation or escalation. Juliette Faure outlines key lessons from the US-Russia deconfliction measures in Syria starting in 2015.

17 March 2022 | Juliette Faure

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
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

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