We are currently seeking applications to join the GLOBSEC Young Leaders Forum Working Group with the aim to unite emerging leaders from countries of NATO and beyond, with the vision of creating a vibrant dialogue, building networks, and encouraging future collaboration on issues pertaining to NATO, transatlantic relations but also other pressing global economic and political challenges.
In April 2013, Bratislava will yet again become a hub of security and foreign policymaking as top government, military and diplomat officials as well as business and NGO leaders will gather for the leading foreign policy and security forum in Central Europe, the annual GLOBSEC Forum. On this occasion, the Slovak Atlantic Commission is seeking to engage leading young minds in the 2013 GLOBSEC Young Leaders Forum and the preceding online activities that build on the tradition of the highly-successful Young Atlanticist Summit organized jointly with the Atlantic Council of the United States of America in 2012.
To develop an enduring conversation on the issues that will be discussed at the Forum, we will convene a global, non-partisan Working Group of talented professional leaders (ages 25-35) to take part in a substantive, forward-looking dialogue about transatlantic and global security issues, and to form a community of peers. Participants of the Working Group will have access to private web and phone conferences with leading experts, and have the opportunity to participate in a high profile GLOBSEC YOUNG LEADERS FORUM on April 18-20, 2013, held in conjunction with the GLOBSEC Forum
We are currently seeking applications to join this Working Group from exceptional candidates from all NATO and Partnership for Peace (PfP) countries, as well as Mediterranean Dialogue members, and other NATO partner countries.
The GLOBSEC YLF Working Group will engage its members through a unique platform:
Private dialogue and best practices sharing via Facebook Group
Content preparation prior to face-to-face interaction with leaders at the Forum
Create a citizens journalism assignment in the selection process of the Forum
Attendance at the GLOBSEC Young Leaders Forum: April 18-20, 2013
Establish professional contacts with peers and senior stakeholders
For those selected, accommodation and board subsidies will be available to help offset the participation cost. Travel grants may be available on individual basis. The forum delegates will be selected from the working group using a merit-based incentive structure that will award a variety of related activities including, but not limited to:
Sustained participation in an ongoing dialogue held within a private Facebook group
Collaborative published work authored by 2 or more working group members
Published media mentions of program activities
The GLOBSEC Young Leaders Forum Working Group will be represented at the GLOBSEC YLF 2013 by selected 10 Slovak delegates, and 20 International delegates. GLOBSEC brings together nearly 500 key security and foreign policy figures from both sides of the Atlantic, and has become the leading annual Forum on foreign policy and security in Central Europe. It has acquired a stable position in the calendar of major European conferences as the only annual forum of its kind in Central Europe.
For more information about the GLOBSEC YLF 2013 program timeline and the application requirements, please see the pdf CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
where you will find the online application form link. As well as the form, interested parties should submit two essays on the following topics: 1) Please describe why you are applying to participate in the 2013 Globsec Young Leaders Forum and your qualifications for the program, with a particular emphasis on your leadership experience (500 words). 2) What is the most overlooked security challenge or threat facing the transatlantic community, and how should the next generation of leaders address it? (750 words).
Deadline for the applications: March 3, midnight CET