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REPORT | 2016 Security Jam – Beyond conventional security challenges

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Friends of Europe is proud to present the final report of its fourth Security Jam, organised in cooperation with the U.S. European Command, the European External Action Service, IBM and a coalition of over 50 partners. It presents insights from 48 VIPs and close to 2,500 participants from 131 countries on global security challenges, from early-warning and radicalisation to climate change, Middle East security and the future of policing. Read the Executive Summary.

Our co-moderating partners the American Security Project, CIDOB, Eurasia Group, IRSEM, SIPRI, RUSI and USAK offer their conclusions in the full report and the executive summary highlights the top 10 recommendations, the roadmap and polls on future threats.

Among the top 10 recommendations were:

  • the call for an integrated concept of security and defence with a joint budget rather than disconnected internal & external security, humanitarian assistance and development efforts (#3);
  • a demand for including the effects of climate change in all discussions on security and using it to build trust in the Middle East (#4 and #7); and
  • the insistence that confidence between security forces and citizens from Colombia to Afghanistan had to be improved to guarantee interior security (#9 and 10).

Read the Executive Summary below to learn more about the top 10 recommendations and the roadmap:

Browse the full Report below with the contributions of thought leaders from around the world:

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The 2016 Security Jam was co-organised by Friends of Europe, the U.S. European Command (EUCOM), the European External Action Service (EEAS) and IBM. The final report has been drafted on the basis of the four day online discussion among close to 2,500 experts from around the world, under the sole responsibility of Friends of Europe. The views expressed in this report do not represent a common position agreed by all participants, nor are they necessarily the views of Security Jam partner organisations, the Friends of Europe Board of Trustees, its members or partners.

Senior experts from the American Security Project (ASP), CIDOB – Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, Eurasia Group, Friends of Europe, IRSEM – the Institute for Strategic Research – Paris, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and the International Strategic Research Organization (USAK) led the discussions.

Live chats, like breakout sessions at a conference, were hosted by: the Afghanistan Analysts Network, the European External Action Service – Global Strategy, Gateway House – Indian Council on Global Relations, the Igarapé Institute, Hedayah, The Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Institute for Security Studies – ISS Africa, WATHI, Women in International Security (WIIS) and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP).

The 2016 Jam coalition includes: Atlantic Treaty Association, Austria Institute for European and Security Policy, Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Center for a New American Security, Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies, DCAF – the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, Digital Leadership Institute International, European Leadership Network, European Organisation of Military Associations (EUROMIL), FOResight Coordination for Europe, Global Diplomatic Forum, Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy, Il Caffè Geopolitico, Institute for European and American Studies, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy IFSH at the University of Hamburg, Institute for Security and Development Policy, Iraqi Women and Future Organization, Law and Internet Foundation, Munich Security Conference – MSC, Peace Ambassadors for Iraq, SecurePART, SECURITY EUROPE, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences , University of Kent – BSIS, Webster University Athens, Wikistrat and Youth Atlantic Treaty Association.

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