The 2016 Security Jam got off to a roaring start with Dutch Foreign Minister Koenders and 15 other leading personalities. Over 500 ideas were posted within the first 4 hours, three live-chats dove deep into individual topics, and #SecJam16 trended on Twitter.
Day 1 of the Jam highlighted some of the main challenges ahead, laying the groundwork for the development of concrete solutions in the coming days. Some key themes included:
- Leaders: stop playing firefighter
It’s often difficult to catch policymakers’ attention before it’s too late, and the short-term too often gets in the way of longer-term solutions. How can strategic vision stay at the top of leaders’ priorities?
- It’s complicated
Jammers argued for more cross-domain cooperation, for multi-actor and multi-level dialogue processes, be it in cybersecurity, early-warning and strategic foresight or peace-building. Can more cooperation make our societies more agile and resilient?
- Show me the money
The financial constraints of burden-sharing took centre stage in discussions on foreign military engagements, and Jammers indicated that any Middle East security architecture would be dictated by the region’s economic future. Should a Middle East economic association come first?
TODAY’S VIP JAMMERS WILL INCLUDE:
Canadian Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion, Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist, Médecins sans Frontière International President Joanne Liu, former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt, Russian MFA Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, and many more.
15:00 CEST / 9 am EDT: The International Criminal Court and Africa with the Institute for Security Studies – ISS Africa
20:30 CEST / 2:30 pm EDT: Radicalisation and terrorism in West Africa with WATHI, Senegal
22:30 CEST / 4:30 pm EDT: Youth, radicalisation and social media with YPFP
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