The Security Jam 2014 brought almost 2,300 participants from 129 countries together for a massive three-day online brainstorm. We’re excited to announce that the following top 10 recommendations will form the basis for the roadmap to be presented to the new EU and NATO leadership:
- The new EU & NATO leaders should update their organisations’ security strategies, coordinating more closely to ensure greater coherence and mutual reinforcement in shaping the security environment.
- EU & NATO governments’ strategic communications efforts must be made more coherent and effective so as to counter hostile narratives and underline universal values of democracy and self-determination.
- NATO, the EU, the OSCE and ASEAN should stimulate the creation of an Organization for Security and Cooperation in the Middle East with countries in the region.
- NATO’s Defence Planning Process must be faster and more innovative to spur nations and industry to deal more effectively with rapidly changing threats.
- NATO should build resilience to absorb asymmetric threats and unconventional attacks by coordinating the work of its Centres of Excellence.
- The EU should set up and maintain an up-to-date and public common picture of migration, asylum and human trafficking flows and operations to ensure an integrated, comprehensive, and coherent approach, just as ReliefWeb does for disaster response.
- EU & NATO gender-inclusiveness efforts should, in the context of UNSCR 1325, be strengthened by substantial increases in the number of women in the forces on the ground engaged in intelligence and information operations.
- The UN Special Envoy to Syria and others engaged in mediation should reinforce the importance of UNSCR 1325, seeking to ensure that women, including female combatants fighting ISIL, are fully represented at all stages of the peace and reconciliation process.
- National and regional cybersecurity bodies should promote the creation of an international ‘Cyberpol’ cybersecurity agency supported by major international organizations such as the UN, EU, IMF, World Bank, NATO, and the OSCE.
10. The EU, NATO and governments should actively encourage and support universities in cyber security research and education.
The full report will be launched in the coming weeks. The Jam was organised by the Security & Defence Agenda, now part of Friends of Europe, and IBM, with the support of the European External Action Service, the U.S. European Command*, the government of Turkey, and with The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, International Strategic Research Organization, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute & Polish Institute of International Affairs.
*Sponsorship of this program does not imply United States Department of Defense endorsement of the forum host or other participants.