March 19, 2014

Taleen Ananian, 202.778.4993

WASHINGTON The Atlantic Council is now accepting applications to the NATO Emerging Leaders Working Group on the Transatlantic Bond, a unique, nonpartisan initiative to renew and support the transatlantic alliance. 

As heads of state from all twenty-eight NATO nations convene at the NATO Summit in Wales this September, the Alliance is seeking input and proposals from emerging leaders on ways NATO must adapt to twenty-first century challenges and emerging issues. NATO has tapped the Atlantic Council to convene and facilitate the Emerging Leaders Working Group, which will complement two other groups commissioned by NATO.

“With a view to our NATO Summit in Wales, and considering the link across the Atlantic that NATO embodies,” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, “I have asked three groups – the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, a group of experts, and a group of young leaders – to consider how we can strengthen our Trans-Atlantic bond and strengthen our security today and tomorrow.”

Following a competitive application process, fifteen leaders between the ages of twenty-five and thirty-five from NATO member countries will be selected to participate in the working group. The group will travel to Washington, Brussels, and finally Wales, to devise and present recommendations after meeting with high-level leaders from business, government, and civil society. Ideal candidates are professionals working in a field of relevance to the transatlantic alliance who can contribute substantively to the working group and provide innovative recommendations.

The Working Group will consider issues including:

  • How does the transatlantic relationship need to evolve in the twenty-first century?
  • What are the key challenges that the transatlantic community now faces and is it equipped to deal with them?
  • What are the expectations and demands in North America and Europe, and how can the alliance address them to ensure the transatlantic bond is strengthened?
  • How can the transatlantic community engage a rising generation in the task of securing the alliance for the future?

The deadline to apply is April 3, 2014. For more information and the application, please visit


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