“A New NATO for New Challenges” Conference in Berlin, Germany

Deadline:  18 September 2016
Open to: participants between the ages of 18 and 35 years old with an academic background in International Relations and Security Studies, from all NATO and Partnership for Peace (PfP) countries
Venue:  12 – 14 November 2016, Berlin, Germany


On November 14, the German Atlantic Association, the Federal Academy for Security Policy, and the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Berlin co-host an international conference in Berlin addressing the outcomes of the NATO Summit in Warsaw 2016 against the background of rapid changes in the alliance’s security environment. Supported by the Press and Information Office of the Federal Government and NATO, high-ranking politicians, diplomats, military officials, and representatives from academia and civil society, will discuss the implementation process as well as future challenges to the alliance.

In order to foster the understanding of security politics, to establish an international dialogue among the younger generation, and to connect emerging leaders from NATO member and partner countries with senior decision-makers, YATA Germany will host a seminar from 12 – 14 November 2016 focusing on key issues of transatlantic security. In an open and competitive call for panels, the members of YATA Germany chose three topics on the basis of their ideas and expectations through the lens of NATO’s future:

  • “How to deter digital warriors? NATO and the cyberspace”;
  • “In for the long run? NATO’s future role in crisis management”;
  • Enlargement, enablement, entrapment? NATO’s future approach to cooperative security”.  


  • NATO or PfP country citizenship;
  • Between 18 and 35 years of age;
  • Students with an academic background in International Relations and Security Studies and young professionals who have begun a career in a related field;
  • Past experience and/or studies relating to: security or defense policy; democratic transitions; international law; humanitarian issues; or any other fields of relevance to the transatlantic partnership;
  • Working knowledge of English (German is not mandatory).


  •  There is no participation fee for the seminar.
  • YATA Germany will offer travel reimbursements of up to EUR 100/EUR 200 (national/international), provided that participants will choose affordable travel options.
  • Organizers will also provide accommodation in central Berlin from November 12 to 15.


Candidates are asked to send in the following items to yata.ger@gmail.com by 18 September 2016 as a single pdf file:

  • A Short CV (in English);
  • A Cover Letter indicating the candidates’ motivation of participation and a preference for one of the three working groups (Cyber Security, Crisis Management, Partnerships);
  • An Abstract (140 word long) outlining the main arguments of the participant’s essay.

Selected participants are expected to submit their original Essays, reflecting their views on one of the three policy questions outlined above as well as three to five specific policy recommendations for NATO, member states, and partners (5,000 characters), which will be published in a special volume of the conference report and the Atlantic Treaty Association’s “Atlantic Voices” Journal.

Successful applicants will be informed by 23 September 2016 and are requested to send in the final essays by 7 October 2016.

For more information, please check out the official call.

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