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For the fifth time since 2010, Friends of Europe brought together a unique coalition of 1700 stakeholders from all over the world - including national governments, international and European institutions, think tanks, media, business and civil society - for a global brainstorm on some of the most pressing security threats. Participants from 122 countries thrashed out fresh and innovative solutions to global security challenges, from hybrid warfare and nuclear proliferation to climate change, conflict and mass migration.
This report brings together our top 10 recommendations addressing practical policy goals and shifts in security thinking, which are underpinned by a realistic roadmap for implementation.
They include :
- Completing the global convention on terrorism including seeking a “common culture” on counter-terrorism and intelligence, for example through the establishment of a “European intelligence academy”.
- Developing and strengthening the European defence capabilities toolkit, through projects such as the recent signing by 23 Member States of a joint notification on the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO).
- Building national, institutional and community resilience to better withstand hybrid threats, for instance by using models based on the recently launched European Hybrid Centre of Excellence.
- Creating a global cyber convention to set international definitions and rules, which would establish norms on transparency and accountability and set standards on prosecuting offences and legalising responses.
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Debating Security Plus is organised by Friends of Europe and supported by the United States European Command (EUCOM), NATO and the European External Action Service (EEAS). It is made possible by our platform partner Civocracy.
We would like to offer our warm gratitude and thanks to our think tank partners: the American Security Project, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, Global Cyber Alliance, Hedayah, and Information Aid Network (IFAnet).