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Friends of Europe hosted its sixth worldwide online security forum Debating Security Plus (DS+) in June. The global online brainstorm brought together a unique coalition of over a thousand stakeholders from all over the world with the aim of crowdsourcing policy recommendations to the world’s security threats. A thread running throughout this year’s brainstorm is the strain on the liberal and rules-based world order undermining Western democracies. With the multiplicity and interconnectivity of threats that know no borders, there is a need for collaborative responses from the world’s leaders.
Launched at our Annual Security Summit “A brave new world: Adapting to a changing security landscape” that took place on 20 September, the DS+ report brings together our top 10 recommendations addressing practical policy goals, which are underpinned by a realistic roadmap for implementation.
Recommendations from previous Debating Security Plus reports have impact in ongoing policy discussions, for example on strengthening Europe’s legal migration options to counter human trafficking or recalibrating NATO’s defensive deployment to its Eastern neighbourhood. Last year’s call to strengthen Europe’s defence capabilities toolkit has been reflected in the rapid development of the European Union’s Permanent Structured Cooperation in defence (PESCO).
Building on these, the 2018 recommendations include:
- Creating an international code of conduct on the military use and security implications of AI
- Building a credible and effective cyber-deterrence framework
- Promoting an OSCE-type body for the Middle East
- Including both nuclear and non-nuclear states to guide the process of tangible denuclearisation
- Using criminal rehabilitation programmes as a model for re-integrating violent extremists back into society
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