Security Jam is a bi-annual digitally held Conference of Security Community professionals. Two thousand three hundred participants from 129 countries met in October 2014 to debate security challenges and issue recommendations for Institutional action. Security Jam’s format was established in 2012 and the Conference was previously organised in Brussels by the Security and Defence Agenda, now integrated into Friends of Europe, a European think tank.
Security Jam 2014 produced ten recommendations that identify urgent issues and inform institutional actors of what the Community considers effective solutions.
1. The new EU & NATO leaders should update their organisations’ security strategies, coordinating more closely to ensure greater coherence and mutual reinforcement in shaping the security environment.
2. EU & NATO governments’ strategic communications efforts must be made more coherent and effective so as to counter hostile narratives and underline universal values of democracy and self-determination.
3. NATO, the EU and the OSCE should stimulate the creation of an Organisation for Security and Cooperation in the Middle East with countries in the region.
4. NATO’s Defence Planning Process should be faster and more innovative to spur nations and industry to deal more effectively with rapidly changing threats.
5. NATO should build resilience to absorb asymmetric threats and unconventional attacks by coordinating the work of its Centres of Excellence to this end.
6. The EU should set up and maintain an up-to-date and public common picture of migration, asylum and human trafficking flows and operations to ensure an integrated, comprehensive and coherent approach, just as ReliefWeb does for disaster response.
7. EU & NATO gender-inclusiveness efforts should be, in the context of UNSCR 1325, strengthened by substantial increases in the number of women in the forces on the ground engaged in intelligence and information operations.
8. The UN Special Envoy to Syria and others engaged in mediation should reinforce the importance of UNSCR 1325, seeking to ensure that women, including female combatants fighting IS, are fully represented at all stages of the peace and reconciliation process.
9. National and regional cyber security bodies should promote the creation of an international ‘Cyberpol’ cyber security agency supported by major international organisations such as the UN, EU, IMF, World Bank, NATO and the OSCE.
10. The EU, NATO and governments should actively encourage and support universities in cyber security research and education.
The cross-issue, cross-sector, cross-institutional nature of these recommendations contribute to Security Jam’s reputation as a relevant venue for debate and reflection on security policy planning.
More information may be found at http://www.friendsofeurope.org/event/security-jam-2014-brainstorming-global-security/