02 Oct JDI Youth Dialogue 2015: Young Professionals Panel

The third conference panel  – Young Professionals Panel – is called “Reflection of Preventive Diplomacy in the European Context and aims at assessing the challenges of and limits to European preventive diplomacy by using examples from case studies. The speakers will tackle the question of whether the current migrant crisis can be understood as a failure of preventive diplomacy and how the European engagement in the Middle East, particularly in Yemen, can be evaluated. In the context of the Ukrainian crisis the European Neighbourhood Policy will be analysed too.

Jitka Znamenáčková, Director of the EU Policies and Structural Funds Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic will moderate the panel. Among the panelists will be Evelien Borgman, a research fellow at The Clingendael Institute where she develops training programmes for diplomats and other international relations professionals with a focus on diplomacy and international security. Previously, Ms. Borgman also worked for International Organization for Migration in New York. Another young professional is Benedetta Berti, foreign policy and security resercher based at Ben Gurion University and Israeli Institute for National Security Studies. Her areas of expertise include human security, internal conflict, integration of armed groups, post-conflict stabilization and peace-building, as well as crisis management and prevention. Third speaker of the panel will be Václav Lídl, secretary of the Association for International Affairs (AMO) and a research fellow at the AMO Research Center. In his research he focuses on Russian foreign and domestic policy, political developments in the post-Soviet area.

More information about each of panelists can be found in the short profiles on the conference website. To find out more about the conference’s topic the following publication is recommended: Is there a preventive action renaissance? The policy and practice of preventive diplomacy and conflict prevention.