Bratislava will yet again become the hub of security and foreign policy-making as top government, military and diplomatic officials as well as business and NGO leaders gather for the 9th annual GLOBSEC 2014 Bratislava Global Security Forum. On this occasion, we are seeking to engage exceptional young professionals within the framework of the GLOBSEC Young Leaders' Forum 2014 - the CALL FOR APPLICANTS is now open until 2 March, midnight CET.

Deadline: 2 March 2014
Open to: Young leaders from the fields of international relations, defense, security, journalism, international business, NGO, and academia. 
Date and place: 14-16 May 2014, Bratislava, Slovakia

Global power shifts, NATO's military capabilities, privacy and cyber security issues in the wake of the NSA spying scandals, Putin's fight for legitimacy, the rise of euroscepticism and new EU members' performance will be the focus of GLOBSEC 2014, the largest foreign policy and security conference in Central Europe.

The ninth annual GLOBSEC Forum will explore changes in the 21st century balance of powers, the ability and political will of NATO member states to intervene in conflicts, the consequences of the latest spying allegations, and many other topical questions.

In the words US veteran analyst Zbigniew Brzezinski, GLOBSEC has grown into a "global operation" that attracts each year over 800 participants from more than 60 countries.

Held a short time before the European Union's parliamentary elections and NATO's Summit, GLOBSEC 2014, organized by the Slovak Atlantic Commission, will offer to policy-makers and stakeholders from all four corners of the globe an opportunity to discuss regional and global matters.

According to Damon Wilson of the Atlantic Council of the United States, "GLOBSEC sets the gold standard" and "the Slovak Atlantic Commission has built it into a major platform to generate ideas and shape policy not only in Slovakia but also in Central Europe and increasingly in the transatlantic community."

GLOBSEC 2014 will be an excellent opportunity to launch a broader Visegrad prime ministerial initiative, led by prime ministers of Slovakia and Hungary. Meanwhile, Central Europe's top defence executives will discuss possibilities of moving forward in the V4 defence cooperation, following on the EU's 2013 CSDP Summit and building the groundwork ahead of the upcoming NATO Summit.

GLOBSEC 2014 will continue its nine-year tradition and hold traditional panel formats as well as keynote speeches and GLOBSEC chats, night owl sessions, break-out dinners and a plethora of side events and bilateral meetings. 

Eligibility

The aim of the GLOBSEC Young Leaders' Forum is to give emerging influencers and future decision-makers the opportunity to contribute new ideas to the debate on security, foreign policy and economy, improve their policy-making skills and engage in networking with their peers and senior stakeholders. We are looking for 30 inspirational young leaders between the age of 25 and 35, with diverse professional and academic backgrounds. In the past, participants have included elected officials, business leaders, legislative staffers, academics, and military personnel. 

For those selected, accommodation and board subsidies will be available to help offset the participation cost. Travel grants may be available on individual basis.

Applicant Requirements

We are seeking applications from exceptional young professionals, aged 25-35, particularly from the fields of international relations, defence, security, journalism, international business, NGO, and academia. Ideal candidates are passionate about international relations and have demonstrated leadership abilities. Other conditions include:

- Age between 25 and 35

- NATO or PfP country citizenship, Mediterranean Dialogue, or partner (Australia, Japan)

- Past experience related with : security or defence policy, business, economics, international law, international energy policy, journalism, electoral politics, humanitarian issues, or any other fields of relevance to the transatlantic partnership

- Excellent written and spoken English

- Willingness to engage in regular online activity over an extended period of time

- Interest in the activities of the Slovak Atlantic Commission and willingness to cooperate on issues pertaining to transatlantic relations on a long-term basis

Applicants who have previously participated at the GLOBSEC Young Leaders' Forum 2013 are not eligible to apply

To be considered for this program, interested parties should submit the online application  and include the following materials:

- Up-to-date CV, including nationality and age

- Proposed topic for GLOBSEC 2014 main sessions, including its title, short synopsis and three questions for discussion

*Please note that recruitment will be conducted on a competitive basis. 

For further information, please visit the official website.