On Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 6 p.m., various participants gathered in the rooms of the International Institute for Peace (IIP) to discuss the topic of cooperative security in Europe. The event was organized by two think tanks with young political enthusiasts, Ponto and Shabka, and by the FES Regional Office for Cooperation and Peace in Europe.
The motto of the evening was “Melange in the parlour”. The group of participants was divided into small discussion groups of about 5 people, who then exchanged views on two questions from the survey of the Cooperative Security Initiative for 15 minutes each. The most important discussion points were documented.
The questions ranged from “What is your vision for European security in the next 5 to 10 years” to “On which challenges that cannot be met alone must states work together?” There was agreement on some issues, but for many, opinions diverged quite clearly, and a consensus was not reached. The discussions were partly emotional, but they were always conducted on a constructive basis. For example, some participants saw European security closely linked to a stronger cooperation with Russia, while others wanted to strengthen the role of NATO.
At the end of the event, all participants could meet again over wine and empanadas to exchange the results of the discussion.
The FES Regional Office for Cooperation and Peace in Europe would like to thank you for your participation, as well as for the cooperation with Ponto and Shabka and the IIP for the premises.