Ideas Factory-Atlantic Treaty Association Discussion on “The Future of Transatlantic Relations in a Multipolar World: What Challenges Ahead?”

the Ideas Factory and the Atlantic Treaty Association organised a debate on “The Future of Transatlantic Relations in a Multipolar World: What Challenges Ahead?”, on Tuesday 13 November 2012.

Discussions were kicked-off by Mr Fabrice Pothier, Head of the Policy Planning Unit of the Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Mr Ellis Mathews, Deputy Head of Division, United States and Canada, European External Action Service (EEAS).

Call for papers: Future of Europe

The Ideas Factory is putting together a publication on the future of Europe in the changing world, consisting of a series of articles, written by members of Ideas Factory. The publication will reflect on the thoughts, fears and hopes of the younger generation of Europeans.

The Ideas Factory team will select between 10-15 papers, which will be published as part of an Ideas Factory publication. The publication will be published at the Annual Conference of 2012, and distributed widely to policy-makers and other relevant stakeholders in Europe.

Format: 1-2 pages (800-1500 words)

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Deadline: 15 October 2012

Ideas Factory - FutureLab Europe Pub quiz

The Ideas Factory and FutureLab Europe organised a pub quiz on European affairs on 19 September at Old Oak.

Mixed Ideas Factory - FutureLab Europe teams of 4, constituted at random, competed for the (slightly tongue in cheek) title of 'Most Knowledgeable Europeans'

The Rise of Chindia and Its Impacts on Europe’s Values and Growth

The Ideas Factory organised a debate with other young professionals on ‘The Rise of Chindia and its Impacts on Europe’s Values and Growth’ on Thursday 12 July 2012, from 18.00 to 20.00.

The discussion was kicked off by Ms Gauri Khandekar, Researcher and Head of the Agora Asia-Europe Programme at the Brussels Office of the Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE) and by Mr Josef Janning, Director of Studies at the European Policy Centre (EPC).

Euro-Mediterranean Youth Dialogue and Mobility after the Arab Spring

This Ideas Factory Discussion Forum on 4 April focused on the Euro-Mediterranean Youth Dialogue and Mobility after the Arab Spring events.

The discussion was started by Bilal Benyaich, from the EuroArab Forum, and aimed to address questions like:

Has the Arab Spring set up a precedent for youth mobilisation in Europe? To which extent will political change in the region translate into a new Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in the most relevant issues for the youth of both sides? What can the EU and its young generation gain from opening up to those countries and what are the challenges ahead?

The gap between young Europeans and politics: narrowing, growing or just changing?

The Ideas Factory Annual Seminar discussed the gap between young Europeans and politics, and whether it is narrowing, growing or just changing. The discussion took place at the Résidence Palace, in Brussels, on Monday 5 March from 17.45 to 20.00.

The participants had the opportunity to discuss with MEP Emilie Turunen, Ben Borges, member of the Indignados Movement and with the members of the Ideas Factory network, what is their relationship to Europe's politicians and politics!

Are young Europeans becoming disillusioned with politics and politicians? What would be your message to national and European policy-makers in the middle of this crisis? Do you trust that the political leaders can meet the needs of young Europeans? To what extent and how effectively can social media and social movements promote more participatory democracy? What are the best ways to engage young people in European politics and get their voice heard?

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