Youth Mediterranean Dialoge - VI EDITION
SEPTEMBER 8TH - 14TH 2019 IN MADRID (SPAIN).
In this year’s edition, the fee will not be reimbursed, since it covers the organizatinal expenses. There is the chance to win the free coverage of the fee by entering our essay contest! Stay tuned to our social media! (the application will need to be completed in both cases).
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During the event participants will be divided in 4 different workshop groups, each workshop will discuss one topic. At the end of the YMD each group will provide with policy recommendations (by choosing one of the preferences below it does not mean you will ensure your spot in that workshop).
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WK GROUP 1 : The evolution of threats to International Security
The changing nature of security has brought to the top of NATO’s agenda two important threats: cybersecurity and climate change.

• In the cyber domain, which are the principal consequences of cyberattacks for the Alliance? How NATO should improve its cyber defence policy and subsequent action plan? What is NATO’s Cyber Coalition doing to transform the means and capabilities for confronting this threat? Has the 5G race any impact on NATO’s structures?

• On the other hand, in terms of climate change, what is the action plan of the Alliance to increase strategic awareness in this area? Is it possible the implementation of renewable energies in the military field?

WK GROUP 2: NATO’S strategy in Baltic region regarding Russia’s actions
The region will test NATO’s flexibility in strengthening defence ties among its members and crucial partner states. The Baltic states broadly welcomed the deterrence measures agreed at NATO’s Wales Summit in 2014 to form the Readiness Action Plan (RAP).

In signaling to Russia that there are no divisions within NATO that it can exploit, it is important that the various components of RAP are sourced from a broad group of Allies. NATO’s plan for Baltic States Baltic Air Policing mission. Contradiction between increasing the strength of NATO and engaging with Russia? Increase in Russia’s military activity near NATO’s borders. INF

WK GROUP 3: International terrorism. Toward a new wave of Jihadist terrorism?
• Loss of power in MENA region?
Since its eclosion at global scale, Jihadist terrorism represents one of the main threats to international security and peace. After the loss of territorial power in the Middle East, specially in Siria and Irak, and part of the Sahel and Magreb regions; Jihadist organizations have expand its activity across cities of European States, also Member States of the Atlantic Alliance.
• No-go zones in NATO Member States. Jihadist enclaves in European cities
Certain marginal quarters of European cities have suffered the Jihadist invasion becoming «no-go zones» or Jihadist enclaves, governed by Islamic law and habits. The Jihadist terrorism phenomenon and «no-go zones» represent one of the main challenges in terms of International Security.

• NATO’s counter-terrorism policy: Three main pillars
NATO’s Counter-Terrorism Policy Guidelines focus Alliance efforts on three main areas: Awareness of the terrorist threat; Capabilities to prevent, protect against and respond to terrorist threats; Engagement of NATO Member States.

WK GROUP 4: Future of the MENA region: NATO’s strategy for the next decade.
The instability of this region has put pressure over the international community. The challenge before NATO now is to identify ways to encourage and assist further positive change in the region. This will help MENA countries to be able to address their own security and the security of the Mediterranean Sea.

• Should NATO take the leadership of Operation Sofia to ensure stability in Libya and the Mediterranean Sea?

• Indeed, the Alliance should pursue a further deepening of current partnerships. It would be possible to implement an enlargement of the Mediterranean Dialogue, expanding the membership to other African and Middle Eastern countries? Which implication has China´s increasing role in the MENA region? what does it entail for NATO?

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