WPL at Debating Security Plus


The Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL) will participate as a partner at Debating Security Plus, the 5th global online brainstorm organised by Friends of Europe from 26 – 28 September 2017.

This brainstorming fits into the work of the WPL Council on Peace & Security Council. WPL, in cooperation with Friends of Europe, is intensifying its efforts to further increase the proportion of female decision-makers in  foreign and security policy processes.

According to UN Women, in peace processes between 1992 and 2011, women were only 9% of Negotiatiors; 2% of Chief Mediators, and 4% of Witnesses and Signatories.

Debating Security Plus will be held entirely online and is hosted on a specifically designed platform to help facilitate the participation of thousands from around the world.

Past editions have gathered up to several thousand senior international participants and security experts: civilian and military, journalists, Members of Parliament, representatives of international organisations and civil society.

Recommendations from previous security brainstorms fed into the policy thinking that shaped NATO’s Strategic Concept in 2010 and the EU’s Global Strategy in 2016.

This year, the topics will be:

  • how to counter the growth of radicalisation and global terrorism,
  • the new challenges posed by hybrid and asymmetric warfare,
  • nuclear proliferation,
  • cyber defence and deterrence,
  • realigning security and defence
  • and the impact of climate change on conflict and mass migration.

Members of the European Parliament Marietje Schaake and Ana Gomes are among the featured speakers.

More information here.


Confirmed VIP speakers to date include:


  • Alison August-Treppel Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) at the Organization of American States (OAS)
  • Paul Carroll Director of Programmes at the Ploughshares Fund
  • Patrick Costello Head of Division at the EEAS Directorate for Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • Koen Doens Director, East and Southern Africa at the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO)
  • Mary Fitzgerald Journalist, contributing author of ‘The Libyan Revolution and its aftermath’ and European Young Leader
  • Solange Ghernaouti Professor at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and Director at the Swiss Cybersecurity Advisory and Research Group
  • Ana Gomes Member of the European Parliament and Trustee of Friends of Europe
  • Camille Grand Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
  • Pekka Haavisto President at the European Institute of Peace
  •  Kathleen H. Hicks Senior Vice President; Henry A. Kissinger Chair; Director, International Security Programme at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  •  Fabrice Leggeri Executive Director at the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (FRONTEX)
  •  Sam Makhudu Gulube Secretary for Defence and Military Veterans, South Africa
  • Stefano Manservisi European Commission Director General for International Cooperation and Development
  •  Denis Mercier Supreme Allied Commander Transformation at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
  •  Kunio Mikuriya Secretary General at the World Customs Organization (WCO)
  •  Housam Najjair Author of the book Soldier for a Summer
  •  Trita Parsi President at the National Iranian American Council (NIAC)
  • Marietje Schaake European Parliament Vice Chair of the Delegation for Relations with the United States, Founding Member of the Intergroup on the Digital Agenda and Trustee of Friends of Europe
  • Jamie Shea Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Division at NATO and Trustee of Friends of Europe
  • Maria-Cristina Stepanescu Head of Mission at the European Union EUCAP NESTOR Somalia Mission

  •  Rob Wainwright Director at the European Police Office (Europol)
  •  Lassina Zerbo Executive Secretary at the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization