The 2016 Security Jam organised by Friends of Europe with a coalition of 60 partners has created what is arguably the most comprehensive global snapshot of security threats and possible responses. In all, there have been some 2,800 posts on the Jam platform during the four-day debate, and they painted a detailed picture of concerns and the instabilities spreading around the world, and about Europe's shortcomings and unpreparedness for dealing with them.
The need for more strategic thinking and greatly improved early warning mechanisms was stressed by many Jammers, not least by Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders. The way EU countries were taken unaware last summer by the refugee and migrant crisis ensured that intelligence-gathering was widely seen during the Jam as important to counter-terrorism.
The distinction between security and defence policies also looked increasingly problematic to a number of Jammers. They drew attention to the way that asymmetric threats now range from jihadism to cyberattacks and from pandemics to state-sponsored terrorism, and asked whether budgets to counter these should be earmarked as overall security spending.
Jammers were drawn from 130 countries and represented a Who's Who of the security world - former NATO chiefs like Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and Javier Solana - who as the EU's first High Representative wrote its 2003 Security Strategy - were joined by a dozen serving and former ministers and a host of specialists and experts from international think tanks.
Some of the topics discussed were predictable, like the increasing importance of climate change as a destabilising factor that demands ever-closer attention by the military as much as by humanitarian aid and economic development NGOs. Others unexpectedly provided much food for thought; the idea of Russia's involvement in a wider pan-European security framework - perhaps even NATO - was raised by the Russian Academy of Science's Institute of Europe. Although unlikely to be accepted by a number of alliance members, it nevertheless pointed to the need for a wider and less confrontational approach to Europe's security problems.
Digesting the concepts and the problems thrashed out by this year's Jam can't be done overnight. As with the three previous Jams, a priority list of ten recommendations to be made to policymakers will be prepared over the coming weeks. Judging by this week's on-line conversations, it will offer a rich diet of new thinking endorsed by a wide variety of Jammers.