Formed in 2002 under the patronage of Javier Solana, Chris Patten and
George Robertson, the Security & Defence Agenda (SDA) was launched as a
neutral meeting point for defence and security specialists from NATO and
the EU. The SDA has since developed into an important forum for the discussion of defence and security policies. With the rapidly evolving nature of our security
environment, the SDA champions dynamic new ways of consulting global
opinion on security issues, including the world’s first
mass-participation online security policy event, the Security Jam,
involving 4,000 participants from 126 countries.
The running of our events, formulation of discussion papers and publication of reports is run by our professional and international team.
Security and defence issues – and the solutions for them - are increasingly linked to a wide range of factors including development as well as socio-economic, environmental, energy, civil, legal and cultural policies. That’s why we’re excited to announce the Security & Defence Agenda (SDA) is officially joining forces with its sister think tank Friends of Europe as a means of expanding our depth and reach. The SDA will now become the sixth pillar in the organisational structure of Friends of Europe.
As a leading Brussels-based think tank on key global and European political challenges, Friends of Europe includes extensive list of Trustees including top current and former European leaders from different political colours and walks of life. It is chaired by Etienne Davignon, Belgian Minister of State and former Vice-President of the European Commission. And it is part of Europe’s World Group, a new umbrella entity which includes the influential journal Europe’s World and the online citizens’ platform Debating Europe.
By merging Friends of Europe with the Security & Defence Agenda, and our broad expertise in those fields, we will leverage our forces to drive debate and offer solutions for the multi-faceted challenges facing Europe and the rest of the world, strengthening and raising our common profile at a global level.
“I look forward to SDA playing an ever more important role in a holistic debate of geopolitical issues, joining up the dots between the various policy areas,” said Jaap De Hoop Scheffer, former NATO Secretary General and Co-President of SDA and now a Trustee of Friends of Europe.
“Having represented both Europe’s diplomatic and defence efforts, I see this merger extending the influence and reach of both SDA and Friends of Europe in debating the challenges facing Europe today,” said SDA Co-Chair Javier Solana, former EU High Representative for Common Security and Foreign Policy and former NATO Secretary General, and also a Trustee of Friends of Europe.
“Having SDA on board will allow Friends of Europe to expand its programme of activities and publications which are highly important in these uncertain geopolitical times, building significantly on our role as an influential global think tank for Europe and beyond,” said Mr. Davignon.
And stay tuned for a new website soon and an exciting programme of activities!