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Tech talk

6/8/2018
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The ‘tech talk’, hosted by Friends of Europe, breached upon rapid technological developments and how they could be a key driver for growth in Europe and the MENA region. The event was held on the 22 May as a part of the Young Mediterranean Voices & EYL40 Young Leaders event. Speakers included Abdallah Absi (Founder & CEO of GivingLoop and MENA Young Leader (EYL40)); Julie Foulon (Co-Founder, MolenGeek); Sana Odeh (Founder of Arab Women in Computing; Founder & Chair of the New York...

Duration:01:11:36

Conversation with Sherin Khankan

6/8/2018
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Friends of Europe’s conversation with Sherin Khankan, Denmark's first female imam who has led the foundation of a women-led mosque in Copenhagen. The event was held on the 22 May as a part of the Young Mediterranean Voices & EYL40 Young Leaders event. Sherin Khankan is an activist on Muslim issues including female integration and extremism, and has written numerous texts discussing Islam and politics. The conversation was moderated by Dharmendra Kanani, Director of Strategy at Friends of...

Duration:00:47:38

Building Climate Resilience Event

4/27/2018
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The debate on building climate resilience, hosted by Friends of Europe, explored on how national and subnational bodies can respond to growing irregular risks such as disruptions in food, water, and energy supplies or rising sea levels. The event was held on the 24 of April in Brussels. Speakers included Tessa Kelly (Climate Change Coordinator at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)); Sébastien Maire (Chief Resilience Officer of Paris); Oli Brown...

Duration:01:08:10

The Future of Mobility: Hydrogen and Electric

3/29/2018
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Friends of Europe's debate on the future of mobility took place in Brussels on 27 March 2018, with a focus on hydrogen and electric-based solutions and their role in the quest to transition to low-emission mobility. Speakers included Jean-François Aguinaga (European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation); Greg Archer (Transport and Environment (T&E)) and Michèle Azalbert (ENGIE’s Business Unit dedicated to renewable hydrogen). The debate was moderated by Dharmendra...

Duration:01:01:56

Terror and the City

3/8/2018
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In recent years many of the world’s major cities have had first-hand experience dealing with the prevention or aftermath of deadly terrorist attacks. With improved capabilities and knowledge, most local authorities are becoming better at tackling terrorist threats and dealing with the consequences of such attacks. But with urban terrorism - especially high-profile but low-tech attacks - expected to continue, national and local governments must do more to minimise the risks of lethal...

Duration:01:26:20

Women, Peace and Security

3/8/2018
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National and international peace talks routinely exclude women despite their key role in peace-building and ensuring sustained stability. Despite stereotypical images of women as passive victims of war, women are largely active in the informal spheres, at community and civil society levels, beneath the radar of the international community and the traditional peace and security framework. Although traditional efforts by governments and nongovernmental organisations to combat radicalisation...

Duration:01:26:20

ASEAN - Session - 2

2/27/2018
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ASEAN - Session - 2 by Friends of Europe

Duration:01:02:58

Modern security is more than military spending - Towards a single security budget?

1/26/2018
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European security and defence cooperation has gained fresh momentum, most notably through the recently signed Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), an ambitious binding framework that aims to build a true ‘cooperative security’ approach. To achieve such a holistic approach to security, spending targets could go beyond a strict focus on defence towards a ‘single security budget’ that would include budgets for the police, intelligence services, border guards and counterterrorism, as well...

Duration:01:12:32

Urban responses to refugees

1/26/2018
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Refugee flows, while not new, have sent many systems into shock over the last several years, creating tensions between states and their international obligations, as well as between national and local governments. Indeed, while cities and regions are often able to demonstrate resilience on the surface, issues of finance, governance, integration and urban planning are all linked to local systems which are being tested in ways for which they were not designed. Welcoming remarks by: Hande...

Duration:01:05:38

Balkans Summit 2017: Think local, act regional

12/8/2017
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The final session of Friends of Europe's annual Balkans Summit focused on regional actions: democracy, peace and stability as well economic development, integration and interconnectivity in the Western Balkans do not just depend on the policies and actions of national governments but also on the role of regional, municipal and city authorities.

Duration:01:01:00

Balkans Summit 2017: Business outlook perks up but reforms must continue

12/8/2017
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The second session of Friends of Europe's annual Balkans Summit addressed the business opportunities of the Western Balkans. Growth and employment have increased especially in countries that have made significant progress in economic reforms and improved the environment for domestic and foreign investments.

Duration:01:01:00

Balkans Summit 2017: Peace, democracy and reconciliation

12/8/2017
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The first session of Friends of Europe's annual Balkans Summit focused on peace, democracy and reconciliation in the region. While their membership of the European Union is progressing slowly, countries in the Western Balkans are moving swiftly up the European agenda.

Duration:01:04:34

Security Summit 2017: Looking inwards

11/29/2017
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The second session of Friends of Europe's Security Summit 2017 wanted to answer the following questions: Would clear time frames by the EU or NATO for European governments' catch-up efforts help or hinder the momentum towards improved capabilities? How do states’ defence spending policies impact their abilities to prepare for war, and what new threats must governments take into consideration?

Duration:01:19:05

Security Summit 2017: Looking eastwards

11/29/2017
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The first session of Friends of Europe's Security Summit 2017 wanted to answer the following questions: Faced with evolving geopolitical concerns, is a consensus emerging in the EU or NATO on the need to promote greater dialogue with Russia that would entail listening and not just talking? How should military and civil policymakers adapt the current security doctrine to address the evolving hybrid threats and challenges of the 21st century?

Duration:00:56:50

Security Summit 2017: Looking southwards

11/29/2017
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The second session of Friends of Europe's Security Summit 2017 wanted to tackle the following questions: Are NATO, the US and the EU on the same wavelength on the policies needed to tackle Daesh-related terrorism while stabilising civil societies in the Arab world? The deterioration in both Europe's and America's relations with Turkey is an unwelcome development in terms of Middle Eastern security efforts. What policy solutions are available to NATO, the EU and their member states?

Duration:00:56:16

Housing, social inclusion and economic mobility

11/29/2017
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This event, organised in the framework of the Housing Solutions Platform, focused on identifying and implementing innovative and effective policies to meet current needs presents both a financial and political challenge.

Duration:02:13:48

Innovations in housing finance

11/29/2017
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This event, organised in the framework of the Housing Solutions Platform, focused on the innovative financing instruments and approaches that are being implemented to balance housing supply and demand, tackle inefficient and costly housing markets, and improve housing systems.

Duration:02:07:26

World Energy Outlook 2017

11/22/2017
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In partnership with the International Energy Agency (IEA), Friends of Europe’s annual high-level conference and presentation of the International Energy Agency’s flagship World Energy Outlook, regarded as the gold standard in energy analysis, discusses the rapidly-evolving global energy landscape and its implications for Europe.

Duration:02:01:51

Understanding China's "soft power" and influence

11/22/2017
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Ahead of the 2018 EU-China Year for Tourism, the conference will look at China’s growing soft power and global influence, expanding EU-China cultural ties and people-to-people relations. Its first panel will discuss the role of tourism in promoting cultural understanding, while the second will focus on China and Europe’s soft power, including the global rise of China’s creative and innovative industries and EU-China cultural cooperation.

Duration:02:30:29

Making the digital revolution work better, faster for development

11/8/2017
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Making the digital revolution work better, faster for development by Friends of Europe

Duration:01:24:32