A unique forum
The SDA gathers NATO and EU officials, parliamentarians, government representatives, industry leaders, academia, journalists, NGOs and think-tanks to stimulate discussion on the future of European and transatlantic defence and security policies. Common to all event formats is an emphasis on topical, lively and innovative debate, enabling SDA members to voice their opinions on a range of topics and issues.
Roundtables include a networking lunch for members. These give SDA members a chance to speak with roundtable panellists, chat with other members, listen to guest speakers and comment on the roundtable's contents with policymakers, business leaders, the media and other relevant stakeholders.
SDA members are invited to exclusive members-only events with the SDA's co-presidents and members of the SDA's Advisory Board. These lunch and dinner events offer unique opportunities to discuss key issues with the sector's decision-makers.
Regular information on the key issues
SDA members receive copies of all publications, including regular discussion papers and expert reports on a variety of topics, as well as full reports of all events. Members also receive a subscription to Europe's World, the only pan-European policy journal. Europe's World includes a regular security and defence section with contributions from key senior stakeholders.
SDA debates bring together all the players involved the defence and security arenas. Member support is widely recognised in event documentation, on our website and in SDA publications.
The SDA constantly strives to reinvent its debate formats through the use of new and innovative technologies. In February 2010 the SDA organised the Security Jam, an online brainstorm on topics ranging from crisis management to climate change and development to relations with Russia and China. Some 4000 participants logged on from 124 countries across 7 continents to post thousands of contributions. Members are invited to associate themselves with and/or participate in such initiatives.