Youth Atlantic Treaty Association Newsletter 2014-‐1 February 06, 2014
Dear all, In this newsletter, the Executive Board would like to share with you what has been going on over the last two months, since the Board was elected. As stated in the official Board Update on January 14th, our first meeting has taken place on the 16th of January. We then spoke about the country updates, from all the Chapters we have spoken to, and we would like to thank you all for your cooperation! We also spoke about the international calendar, upcoming events, new Chapters being built, cooperation with the ATA, the usage of social media, the website and the creative new initiatives to strengthen the YATA network brought forward by specific Chapters. We are building a database with all the information from the Chapters, and have an up to date contact sheet with all the addresses and websites handed to us. If you ever need any information on a Chapter or a specific contact person, please let us know. Unfortunately, we are still waiting for the website to go live, there are some issues remaining with the IT company. We hope that these issues will be resolved swiftly, in order for us to bring our website live again this month, with our new design. Ilija Djugumanov will be in charge of the content of this site. If you have any update, article or activity you wish to share on the website as of next month, please contact him. For Facebook posts, you can contact Francisco Costa. All the important messages will be communicated to you over the next couple of pages within this newsletter, but one thing I would like to highlight here in the introduction still: we spoke during the General Assembly in December on organizing a half year meeting for YATA members, to meet once again and talk about progress. I am happy to announce that this event will take place during the 2BS Forum, in Montenegro, 29-‐31 May 2014. Miss Bojana Antunovic, project coordinator for the Forum, has been so kind as to give us conference rooms for our separate meetings on the 29th of May. We can then discuss all the updates within the YATA network, and do workshops and discussion sessions to strengthen our Chapter cooperation. On the 30th and 31st of May, the present YATA delegates will join the 2BS Forum program. I have asked all the Board members to reach out to their contact Chapters, to ask if they will be able to send someone (travel expenses will not be covered – accommodation is available for a specific number of YATA delegates) and how many people will come. We hope to see many YATA Chapters present, to facilitate a great and functioning half year meeting. For now, I wish you all the best in your endeavors for YATA, and look forward to seeing you all again soon, Rowinda Appelman – YATA President
Looking back at previous YATA events of 2013
1. General Assembly -‐ 09/11 December The 18th General Assembly that was held between the 9th -‐ 11th of December in Brussels, during the NATO Post 2014 Conference, brought to the YATA network a new Executive Board after the resignation of the former President. The timetable for YATA participants was divided into two parts. The First part, was the formerly mentioned YATA General Assembly that also had the mission of electing the new Executive Board and also a YATA held activity about the youth unemployment and the economic difficulties that has hit the young the most. The Panel was produced together with two youth targeting organizations – Think Young and the European Youth Forum and presented different barriers that the young professionals of Europe are facing. The new Executive Board was unanimously elected by the Assembly with the President Rowinda Appelman of YATA Netherlands. After the conclusion of the YATA General Assembly, that has proven to us that the youth section can effectively hold panels and produce information that effects the YATA network, the attendees of the Assembly joined the NATO Post 2014 conference that was held by the ATA mostly in the World Trade Organization. Several high level diplomats and professionals have talked about the future relationship within NATO and the relationship between the EU, NATO and the US. The end note of the conference is that in order to survive and have effective power projection the relationship between these three organizations and countries will have to start working together better and reestablish the transatlantic link. The panelists were looking forward to the Wales Summit that will show us how this relationship will be evolving. 2. YATA Macedonia Event -‐ 18/21 December
NATO Partnership Policies – Addressing Insecurities and Creating Security The Euro – Atlantic Council of Macedonia and YATA Macedonia organized the event “NATO PARTNERSHIP POLICY – ADDRESSING INSECURITIES AND CREATING SECURITY” for young leaders and professionals from the 18th to the 21st of December. The event was held in Berovo, within the Republic of Macedonia and the focus of this project was the future of the NATO Partnerships, with a special emphasis on Operational commitments, milestone contributions and the political significance of NATO Partners in international relations. Further information about this event, the simulations and the outcomes can be found through the following.link: http://issuu.com/djugumanov/docs/berovo_brosura_finalna
Upcoming YATA events: highlighted
1. Round the NATO-‐EU Roundtable discussion in Estonia, 04-‐06 April 2014
The event will provide the perfect opportunity to discuss NATO & the EU within an international environment. The official deadline for participants to enlist has been closed. We are happy to see so many YATA representatives from different Chapters join! For further information or questions on the event, don’t hesitate to contact the Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association at: email@example.com or +372 6840 681. 2. Model NATO Youth Summit – The Youth Mediterranean Dialogue, 07-‐12 April 2014 The Dialogue is a forum of cooperation between NATO and seven countries of the Mediterranean: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia. Focused on this initiative, and celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Spanish YATA Chapter COAJE strongly believes that it is time to call the new generations to take their seats at the Youth Mediterranean Dialogue. This program seeks to give information and education about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, its history, its values, its principles, its tasks and its decision making process through an intensive and comprehensive academic program, but mainly, it aims to raise awareness on the major political and security issues that our world faces today, demonstrate the need of working together as one, and finally, determine the young generation to get involved in finding solutions for building peace and stability. FORMAT A. Academic conferences chaired by professors, officials and politicians: educational sessions in which experts responsible of relevant international topics will train and stimulate participants. B. Committee debate: simulation of the decision making process of NATO in which delegates must defend the interests of a country in a Committee presided over by two chairpersons. There will be three committees in which different topics will be discussed. a. NAC (North Atlantic Council) i. NATO’s Narrative for the Post-‐2014 Era ii. The Action Plan Against Terrorism (PAP-‐T) b. Political and Partnership Committee i. Enlargement of the Alliance and Evolution of Partnerships ii. Capabilities Gap and defense budget difficulties c. Security Committee i. Syria, a conflict that may threaten global stability in 2014 ii. The instability of the Sahel and Northern Nigeria
C. Excursions: we will be organizing excursions to public institutions, military bases, and other public places of interest. PARTICIPANTS This program is designed for beginners with strong interest in diplomacy and international relations. Citizens of a NATO member states, partner countries, as well as members of the Mediterranean Dialogue, ages ranging from 17 to 22 years old are eligible to apply for this program. Furthermore, there will be a selection process that will choose the 100 most capable candidates. After accepted, the student will be required to pay an academic participation fee. OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THIS PROGRAM English. The debates will be entirely in English. The organization will address all delegates in English. Further information on the application process will be provided on the YATA Facebook page soon, or can be received by contacting the COAJE through the following contact options: Consejo Atlántico Juvenil Español - Twitter: @coajesp - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 3. Norsec, 24 -‐27 April 2014 This annual event will once again be hosted by the Norwegian Army Military Academy, providing participants with accommodation and meals throughout the program. Participants will arrive on the night of the 24th, and will depart on Sunday the 27th of April. Transportation costs will be covered up to 150 euros, on a case by case basis. The registration process will open up most likely on the 14th of February. Further information will be provided on the YATA Facebook webpage soon. 4. 2BS Forum Montenegro -‐ YATA half year meeting, 29 – 31 May 2014 As stated in the introduction to this newsletter, the half year meeting for this year will be organized during the 2BS Forum in Montenegro. The event will take place on the 30th and 31st of May, but YATA representatives will have their own day on the 29th of May, to discuss current issues within the network, and Chapter and cooperation updates. Please let your Executive Board contact person know how many representatives your Chapter would like to send, and the Board will be in contact with Miss Bojana Antunovic about the accommodation places. Transportation costs will not be reimbursed. For further information on the event, visit www.2bs.me.
Upcoming YATA events: international calendar We hereby present you with an overview of the upcoming international events. We will update this calendar whenever we receive new information, and actively ask the organizers of the events to keep us updated whenever new information or date changes arise. We will also post the announcement whenever registration opens up for one of the mentioned events. Please contact the YATA Chapters of the specific countries for any further information on the events. Date Event Country 4 – 6 April NATO – EU Roundtable Estonia 7 – 12 April Model NATO Youth Summit Spain 24 – 27 April Norsec Norway 12 – 16 May GYM-‐NATO Italy 14 – 16 May Globesec (25-‐35 year olds) Slovakia 29 – 31 May 2BS Forum / YATA half year Montenegro meeting Mid June Croatia NATO Summerschool Croatia 30 June – 6 July DAYS Denmark Last week of July PAYS Portugal 4 – 5 September NATO Summit Wales, UK Beginning of September Riga Conference Latvia September Balkan SAYS Slovenia November NATO Parliamentary Assem-‐ Netherlands bly with YATA involvement November / December General Assembly -‐ unknown -‐ NB: The Parliamentary Assembly Session in the Netherlands will be attended by the Members of Parliament from the 36 countries involved within NATO. YATA President Rowinda Appelman is now in a far stage of negotiations to provide access to this event for YATA representatives. Further information will be provided on this event in the upcoming months.
Letter of Recognition: official YATA Chapter If you need a letter of recognition, to show that your YATA Chapter is the official YATA organ within your country, please let us know. The ATA Secretariat and YATA President Rowinda Appelman will then help you receive one of these letters, to use when you contact government agencies and other institutions. Please keep in mind that it might take 1 day to conduct and send this letter, so please do not send requests last minute.
Introduction of YATA Multilateral Briefs, initiated by YATA Hungary In December, YATA Hungary sent out word to other Chapters and the Executive Board about a new proposal they had come up with: YATA Multilateral Briefs (MBs). The series will serve as a tool for the thematic and regular exchange of ideas and experience among YATA Chapters, without putting much strain on any team, and still providing thought provoking ideas for discussion that can be carried on via existing online forums. Any given issue of the YATA MBs would compromise of 5 questions on current and relevant issues, which will be answered with a short a precise answer by 5 YATA members from different Chapters. The Executive Board has discussed this proposal with YATA Hungary over the last month, and has taken into consideration the feedback from other Chapters on the document, which was sent via email. The Board thanks YATA Hungary for taking the initiative to further communication between the different YATA Chapters, and supports the proposal, knowing that YATA members will speak on personal behalf, not representing the views of their YATA Chapter or government. YATA Hungary will now proceed with setting up the first MB, and will reach out to 5 YATA members to answer the discussion topics. The Board kindly asks you all to cooperate in this great initiative. For further questions, please contact Tamas Csiki.
Introduction of the North-‐American Action Group As discussed during the General Assembly, there is a strong need to stronger incorporate our YATA Chapters across the Atlantic Ocean within our YATA network. The Executive Board has therefore started a North-‐American Action Group, to help facilitate this process. Under the lead of Executive Vice-‐President Daniel Fazlic, a group of selected young representatives will look into the issues at hand, and how to strengthen the Chapters within the North-‐Atlantic region. The ATA Secretariat and the Executive Board applaud this development, and will happily report on progress with this project throughout the following months. Contact person per Chapter: 1. Rowinda Appelman: UK, Belgium, Finland, Spain, Armenia, Austria 2. Daniel Fazlic: Portugal, Canada, USA, Iceland, Lithuania, Turkey 3. Juxhina Sotiri: Georgia, Slovenia, Denmark, Bulgaria, Poland, Russia 4. Francisco Costa: Greece, Italy, Albania, Urkaine, Germany, Romania 5. Vladan Balaban: Macedonia, Croatia, Norway, Estonia, Slovakia, Hungary 6. Ilija Djugumanov: Montenegro, Serbia, Latvia, Azerbeidjan, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Bosnia
Further Information: funding and publications 1. Funding The Board would like all Chapter to know that NATO PDD has another deadline coming up for project funding in March. Further information can be found through the following link: http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/87998.htm The deadline is part of NATO’s Science for Peace and Security program. Deadlines for grant applications in 2014 are 1 March, 1 July and 1 October. Applicants should keep in mind that it can take up to 9 months before they receive a final offer. For further information on a quicker process, NATO PDD can be contacted directly, for special projects involving the youth. As of the next newsletter, the Executive Board will provide an overview of internships and traineeships for every period. These positions will be relevant for YATA delegates, and touch upon Security, NATO, International Relations, the European Union and Political Science. If you come across any interesting position, please inform the Executive Board. 2. Publications The December Edition of Atlantic Voices, called “Lebanon in the Middle East: The Struggle for Democracy and Human Rights” can be found through the following link: http://issuu.com/atlantic_treaty_association/docs/vol._3__no._12__december_2013_ Please keep in mind that Atlantic Voices is always seeking new material. If you are a young researcher, subject expert or professional and feel you have a valuable contribution to make to the debate, please get in touch with the Executive Board. A new issue of the SEE Review will be released this upcoming month as well. The issue will be published on our YATA Facebook page.