The global security landscape is in flux. From increased tensions between NATO and Russia and ongoing difficult Brexit negotiations to China’s more assertive global stand under the consolidated leadership of President Xi Jinping, new challenges are continuously putting into question global security frameworks and approaches. Rapid technological developments and changes in the nature of warfare are creating an environment characterised by complex, global and interconnected challenges ranging from cyber-threats, climate change, global terrorism, mass migration and nuclear proliferation that cross and blur borders.
In this globalised but also more confrontational and complex world, we put peacebuilding as a core aim of our work, which can only been achieved through stronger cooperation at the European, transatlantic and global level. This cooperation must be encouraged at all levels of government and society, fostering resilience to ensure constant adaptation to new vulnerabilities and emerging threats.
The overall objectives of our Peace, Security & Defence Programme is to make sense of changes in the global landscape; reinforce the importance of transatlantic relations; assess Europe’s cooperative, preventative and peacebuilding agenda, especially in relations to its southern and eastern neighbourhood; improve diversity in perspectives, particularly of women as leaders and peacebuilders, and of the value of involving younger generations; further a whole-of-society approach that engages citizens, experts and policymakers; and mainstream our peace, security and defence agenda across all our activities, recognising the interconnectedness of the world we live in.