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Welcome to the website of the UN Youth Academic Conference 2014, with the theme NATO's Smart Defenders:

Women as a Valuable Asset within the Security Sector

This year's edition, taking place between 7-9 November, is focusing on two major topics for the current realm of international security, namely Smart Defence and Women, Peace and Security.

Conference call for participants: Young professionals, junior researchers, recent graduates and current students alike are invited to discuss and share their insights on key aspects of international relations, conflict management and security issues, within a vivid academic environment in the capital of Romania, Bucharest. Applications are closed.


The structure of the conference consists in several sessions of the two grand panels: New perspectives on defence. The Smart Defence mindset and its sustainability and Challenges to an obsolete military culture. The gender dynamics and gender inclusion within the peacekeeping forces. Each panel session will require the participation of a chair, who will also be a discussant as well (a person specialized in international security, a scholar etc., capable of delivering a proper feedback on the presented work), 2-3 panelists (researchers or young professionals who conducted research in the field) who will present their work, and the audience made of observers and other panelists, who will have the chance to ask questions and directly get involved in the discussion, within an interactive and thought-provoking environment.

Nevertheless, the conference includes in its program keynote lectures and speeches, delivered by NATO experts, who will share their experience with the participants, scholars and professors from both Romanian and foreign universities and female members of the peacekeeping operations, who will reveal their success stories but also the intricacy of working and dwelling in conflict areas. Accordingly, during the three days of the conference, we shall dwell in a vivid academic environment, where both social and professional networking will be possible.