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Ankara Transatlantic Trends Survey 2014 Launch August 20, 2014 / Ankara

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) pleased to invite you to the gathering for:

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Looking Ahead to Wales August 29, 2014

GMF Senior Vice President Ivan Vejvoda discusses the expectations and context for the upcoming NATO summit in Wales.

Maritime challenges in the MENA region August 22, 2014

CNA Vice President Eric Thompson discusses maritime security challenges in the MENA region and the U.S. role.

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YTN Members Quiz Kathleen Fitzpatrick on U.S. Approaches to Civilian Security across the World December 13, 2012 / Brussels, Belgium


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On December 13th, the Young Transatlantic Network in Brussels hosted Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick, Chief of Staff of Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights at the U.S. Department of State, for a luncheon discussion on U.S. approaches to civilian security across the world.

Ms. Fitzpatrick opened the discussion by explaining the importance of promoting and ensuring civilian security around the world as local issues can, and often, have global impacts. As a result, more strategic transatlantic partnerships and more targeted cooperation with civilian society actors are becoming increasingly crucial as the threats often come from non-state actors and are thus difficult to tackle.

The audience of around twenty five young professionals whose expertise range from politics, business to foreign policy, was particularly interested in how to balance particular geopolitical or national interests with the moral obligations to fight human right violations and ensure civilian security.

During the lively discussion, the focus was also shifted towards how to deal with states that are important international actors, such as China or Russia, but might have different views on how to deal with humanitarian crises.

Topics discussed also covered how the international community should support states in democratic transitions so that the positive changes remain even after the withdrawal of the international actors and how gender perspectives should be enshrined in all actions protecting human rights and democracy.

Listen to a podcast interview with Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick about human rights.

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