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Follow the Rhythm: Security JAM

Follow the Rhythm: Security JAMOne of the largest cyber discussions on global security and transatlantic relations kicked off several hours ago. From March 19th to 23rd, the 2012 Security Jam offers a week long platform of discussion, allowing world experts and non-experts to debate, interact, and present ideas on emerging security threats and trends.

The 2012 Security Jam is composed of eight forums each sponsored by a think tank: future capabilities and technologies; international cooperation in capacities (wherein I am one of the facilitators); strategic partnerships; crisis management; facing the cyber-challenge; transnational and hybrid threats; object-lesson: Libya; and object-lesson: Afghanistan. Each forum allows experts to ask questions as well as commenting on each other’s work. These Follow the Rhythm: Security JAMweeklong discussions undeniably offer an aperçu on the themes that will be addressed at the upcoming NATO meeting in May. Furthermore, some of the themes and discussions will be used in order to shape policies and future strategies.

Each day, a number of VIPs such as ministers, members of parliament, diplomats, officials, soldiers and so on are leading specific discussions. For example, Cristina Gallach, Solana’s spokesperson, will be leading a chat tomorrow at noon on the topic of “rape as a weapon of war.” JAM offers a unique opportunity to directly interact and ask questions to top experts and policy-makers.

This unique platform is quite an opportunity and should be a priority for anyone willing to discuss and learn about important security questions. I will report at the end of the week with my selections of the most important trends and ideas. Until then, good ‘jamming.’

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Maxime H.A. Larivé

Maxime Larivé holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and European Politics from the University of Miami (USA). He is currently working at the EU Center of Excellence at the University of Miami as a Research Associate. His research focus on the questions of the European Union, foreign policy analysis, security studies, and European security and defense policy. Maxime has published several articles in the Journal of European Security, Perceptions, and European Union Miami Analysis as well as World Politics Review.