Debating Security Plus is looking for motivated junior researchers or M.A./PhD students to facilitate discussions during this year’s online brainstorm, which takes place from 26 to 28 September 2017. Junior moderators interact directly with VIPs from around the world and with thousands of experts from the security, human rights and development community. Junior moderators will be mentioned by name in the Debating Security Plus report, to be presented at high-level events in Brussels and around the world and distributed in electronic and print copies to tens of thousands of security stakeholders and decision-makers globally. Our brainstorms have impact: recommendations from previous events fed into the policy thinking that shaped NATO’s Strategic Concept in 2010 and the EU’s Global Strategy in 2016.
What is Debating Security Plus?
Debating Security Plus is a massive online brainstorm organised by Friends of Europe, held from 26-28 September. It gathers several thousand participants from across the world who interact virtually to develop concrete and innovative solutions to global security challenges.
What does it mean to be a junior moderator?
We are looking for junior researchers, MA or PhD students from around the world specialising in international relations or one of the six Debating Security Plus themes, with an excellent written command of English. Each theme will be moderated by senior experts from leading think-tanks in Europe, the U.S., Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Junior moderators work in 3-hour shifts during which they follow the discussions and ask questions to steer the discussion towards concrete recommendations. Their role is to support senior moderators by identifying new and interesting ideas which will feed into top recommendations. In addition to being mentioned by name in the Debating Security Plus report, each junior moderator will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the event.
The six themes of Debating Security Plus are:
- Countering radicalisation and global terrorism
- From hybrid to asymmetric warfare
- Nuclear proliferation and other nuclear threats
- Cyber defence and deterrence
- Realigning security and development
- Climate change, conflict and mass migration
As a junior moderator, you will:
- Receive a 90-minute online training by Friends of Europe;
- Facilitate daily 3-hour shifts from 26-28 September, in pre-determined time slots;
- Write a short, bullet-point summary at the end of every shift to be shared with senior moderators.
How to volunteer?
To apply, please send your CV and tell us which two topics you’d like to help moderate, highlighting 5-10 questions that you think must urgently be answered for each topic (in bullet-point form) to Amanda Rohde (email@example.com).