topic4_DEThe fourth Security Jam took place online from 25 to 28 April 2016. Close to 50 VIPs and thousands of security, defence, human rights and development experts from over 131 countries got together for a four-day brainstorm on global security challenges.

The four-day debate, organised by our partner think tank Friends of Europe alongside a coalition of 60 other organisations, resulted in some 2,500 posts detailing ideas and suggestions for improving global security.

As with the previous Security Jam, a priority list of ten recommendations to be made to policymakers has been prepared. Let us know what you think about the recommendations below!


1. Create a global early-warning mechanism

One of the most common proposals was the need for greatly improved early warning mechanisms. Europe has been caught unaware by too many recent challenges: from the Arab Spring, to the Russian annexation of Crimea, to the migrant crisis. Jammers argued that better systems need to be developed to monitor emerging crises, whether they be natural disasters or man-made conflicts.

2. Improve big data analysis for early action

There is a massive amount of data available but a lack of tools for analysis. The Jammers suggested that better tools needed to be developed to turn the sea of information out there into early action, allowing for faster response. They recommended better use of open source data and social media for monitoring and early response, though many cautioned that there are important ethical issues on surveillance and privacy.

3. Develop an integrated concept of security and defence

Jammers argued that replacing the narrow defence (external) and security (internal) concepts with a wider definition of security could facilitate international cooperation against hybrid and non-conventional threats. They recommended providing a clearer definition and measurement of spending and efficient use of resources, arguing that this would encourage specialisation and help avoid duplication, and improve focus on forward planning and prevention.

4. Build trust in the Middle East through cooperation on non-security issues

Participants suggested building trust and reconciliation by focusing on areas of common interest to overcome conflict in the Middle East, such as climate change, food security, and energy security. Many wanted to see the development of non-governmental channels to promote better cooperation and reconciliation.

5. Strengthen women’s role in conflict prevention and resolution

There was support for better enabling women to play a key role at every level of conflict prevention and resolution, from bringing new perspectives in international leadership to spearheading grassroots community initiatives. Participants argued that greater involvement of women as actors of change was the key to ensuring lasting peace and stability.

6. Strengthen internal security cooperation in Europe

Jammers wanted to see greater coordination among security agencies in Europe, viewing this as essential for more efficient countering of transnational threats such as organised crime, trafficking and terrorism. Some argued that a strengthened European agency would raise the EU’s profile, giving it greater international role and greater credibility with citizens.

7. Mainstream climate change into the security debate

Jam participants argued that the impact of climate change needed to be taken into account when discussing future security threats. Pressure on resources, related natural disasters, and changing environments can all lead to conflict, and security planners need to consider this.

8. Incorporate the fight against organised crime and corruption into broader security policy

Organised crime presents a real security risk, fuelling instability, eroding the state and offering opportunities to terrorism. Gun-runners, drugs gangs, and human traffickers all pose security threats, and corruption undermines public faith in political system. Homicide is currently the highest global cause of death rather than war or terrorism.

9. Promote grassroots counter-radicalisation initiatives

Jammes argued that the most effective counter-radicalisation efforts would be based on local, grass-roots initiatives. Civil society and community based initiatives have more legitimacy, more trust, greater effectiveness and sustainability. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions, and local initiatives can provide adapted local solutions.

10. Reach out to civil society to build trust between citizens and security forces

Participants suggested that working with grassroots organisations might improve relations between security forces and local communities at home and abroad, reducing the risk of conflict and boosting awareness of local conditions.

Which of these 10 suggestions would help make the world safer? Should policymakers consider these suggestions and take them on board? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below, and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions.


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What do YOU think?

  1. avatar
    George Yiannitsiotis

    1. Instead of wasting EU tax-payers’ money to military equipment, better to wokout relations with Russia and the USA to create a common north hemisphere security belt from Bering straights (Vladivostok) to the heart of Europe and back to the Bering straights (Alaska)
    2. Mechanic data analysis can not replace human intelligence
    3. Correct. However, nation-states have also to care for “old-fashioned” national security concerns (e.g. Greece has to deal with the economic assault against it by Germany and the ECB-EU-IMF gang or the Turkish threats against its territorial integrity)
    4. Obviously the man who wrote this lacks understanding of the Middle East completely
    5. Ancient target (since Aristophanes Lysistrata – ΑΡΙΣΤΟΦΑΝΟΥΣ, ΛΥΣΙΣΤΡΑΤΗ) never achieved. Worth trying it!
    6. Good idea that may include threats against the territorial integrity of the EU (not excluding Greece and Cyprus) that are not met by NATO
    7. Very important parameter
    8. Right!
    9. Radicalization roots in poverty. How the EU that promotes poverty via its assault against the periphery (debt crisis mismanagement) can overturn this trend? By waisting EU tax-payers money to NGOs? Not at all. Better alleviating the debt burden that turned most citizens of the periphery to debt slaves and follow a socially-friendly financial & fiscal policy!
    10. This is impossible in “multicultural” societies. However, one more obstacle lies in the role of security forces in the handling of the EU debt & economic crisis.

  2. avatar
    Michelle Maria

    it seems you’ve put forth what to do with problems, rather than looking to prevent them in the first place

    • avatar
      George Yiannitsiotis

      One can not prevent an existing problem! He should solve it and then, undertake preventive measures not to witness its re-occurence!

  3. avatar
    Andrej Němec

    Mandatory Tracking devices for convicted people or with a criminal record.
    Hidden CCTVs in all Hotspots.
    Increase the number of police officers.
    Cross-border information exchange.
    SOS devices for abused children.

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      Obey big brother, citizen!

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      Tarquin Farquhar

      @Vinko Rajic
      Politicians harm society!

  4. avatar
    Joao Antonio Camoes

    Just one: nationalized weaponry industry. If it is private owned you have to sell, you have to profit and managers are focused on sales and bonus. You have to lobby, you have to spread wars in order to sale. You gave to creat fear and spread anger in order to sell. Just look around and you will understand how the whole thing works. Many leaders and more recently Pope Francis they have spoken about this issue.

  5. avatar
    Fabio Ferrari

    All good suggestion. Maybe I’m biased but I say this is of paramount priority:
    Incorporate the fight against organised crime and corruption into broader security policy

    Which comprehend most of the other. Mafia, the finest exemple of organised crime, is a multinational conglomerate of legal and illegal activities: (its fighting) requires an integrated concept of security and defence, a strenghtened internal security cooperation and, most importantly, rebuilding the trust between citizens and security forces.
    Because organised crime pollute and choke the economy, the democratic process and the security efficiency. Last but not least O.C. menage the smuggling of humans being and weapons, actually fueling humanitarian crisis

  6. avatar
    Wendy Harris

    Castration of paedophiles
    Western version of Koran with all reference to harming “infidels” removed
    Compulsory integration into host country’s culture
    Complete embargo of all weapons to the Middle East
    Policy of complete non-interference with the development of third world countries and that includes withdrawing aid.
    Until we wake up to the fact that no matter how good our intentions we always mess up, we will keep on messing up.
    Let’s just try butting out for once and letting them sort themselves out.

  7. avatar
    Nando Aidos

    There are other measures, but just to answer the question, these first in this order:
    #1 – 5. Strengthen women’s role in conflict prevention and resolution
    #2 – 9. Promote grassroots counter-radicalisation initiatives
    #3 – 7. Mainstream climate change into the security debate
    #4 – 8. Incorporate the fight against organised crime and corruption into broader security policy
    #5 – 4. Build trust in the Middle East through cooperation on non-security issues

  8. avatar

    Nice “blend” but I don’t fall for it. Once you put equal (=) between homegrown terrorists, Putin’s nukes and ” corruption undermines public faith in political system” you lost me. None of above justifies bulk phone tapping of European citizens.

  9. avatar
    catherine benning

    Can you please explain why Europe feels it is the European citizens business to be interfering in other countries and paying for that policy? They are just as mature as we are and can work out for themselves the way they need to go in order to become a country they can live happily in.

    We are not the policeman of the world or the nanny of it come to that. When did the EU ask the citizens to vote on how their money is spent outside their borders.

    If the Americans want to do this, then it is up to each of the countries concerned to deal with them directly. And, for the American people to give permission for their country to make such a move.

    We have enough problems of our own to deal with and which are ongoing and being ignored as well as neglected. So, none of the above is acceptable without a referendum on such matters.

    The UK will have its referendum on 23rd of June for in or out and if they are smart they will reject the unelected EU with its appointed Presidents, all four of them. Then start to look to itself to make it work for them under their own steam.

    And, yes, we take note of the threats from the IMF and the US heavy boys, that should we get the hell out of it, we will be forced to suffer like Cuba. However, unlike Cuba we are a practical and self organising people who will kick back.

    We want our country back.

    The madhouse we have today. All because of the being in the EU and NATO.

  10. avatar
    catherine benning

    Here is what I believe is the basis for our European national separations.

    To remove our right to a direct democracy, or even to fiddle with the ones we have, are not the purpose for EU leaders. The aim for a united Europe was built on the principles of trade among those in the club not an all inclusive organisation with an aim to absorb the planet.

    What you have written above is for the purposes of the war machinery put forward by NATO. Now that is an out of date organisation that has long needed an overhaul. It is no longer representative of our collective needs. It is a self perpetuating group, clinging to its position by initiating what it pretends it is protecting us from. The old protection racket that makes sure you are never without need of them as they make sure world wide chaos is promoted.

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      Westphalian souvereignty, although a good concept in general, did not prevend all the European wars between 1648 and 1945. European cooperation did. We should not abandon that.

      For NATO I would agree to some extent. If Trump wants to get out of NATO, Ukraine and Russia could replace the Americans and we could start reducing our huge armies. That would set free enough money to better finance the educational system, the health system, a housing program for the poor, streetworkers for problematic ghettos, immigrant integration helpers, …

  11. avatar

    The world would be a lot safer if the United States of America, NATO and others of its allies would stop sending weapons to Islamic terrorists and other groups that are fighting against governments etc.
    Action should also be taken to act against the very bad influence of Saudi Arabia on muslims worldwide. It is shocking that a country like Saudi Arabia that treats women the way it does, it does not give minorities Freedom that this country can have good standing on the international political scene, at the same time Venezuela which is a Christian country which gives women Freedom yes they’re socialists but again they’re not cutting off heads in public like Saudi Arabia right that this country would be sidelined but the wahabi slamic extremists are held high I mean these are not good people.

  12. avatar

    Are you seriously telling us that the people that will have a large input into the future security of the World have called themselves the Jammers ? Sounds like guys who turn up down the pub with their banjo’s.

    To make the World safer jobs have to be found for all (reduce automation )

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      That’s just bonkers!
      We need to INCREASE automation so NO ONE NEEDS a “job”.

  13. avatar
    Piotr Motyka

    Together is the answer for everything.” I care about you, everyone ( country , the world).”

    To change anything you need to understand. ….

  14. avatar
    Gyorgy Gajdos

    Besides an EU army we need two EU intelligence organizations or centers too. Like the FBI and CIA in the US. We need these on a EU level with powers all over the EU to catch the jihadists in the EU and to uncover foreign secret services in the EU.

  15. avatar
    Philip M.

    Hi. The way to make the world a safer place is for politicians to stop creating a western-devised scare-tactic fear-based ideology and for newspapers and media to rethink their level of journalism that relies on sensationalism as their high-end material.

    Reason is that this article seems an awful lot like some kind of new world order being proposed. And such systems of control are often fear-based. I don’t think fear is a good base for any system of living.

    Security is important but not to the level of suffocating people with warnings day in and day out. And who exactly would end up presiding over matters of world security exactly? How do I know that the politicians who get to preside over world security are people worthy of being trusted with that power?

    The world has always been a dangerous place. Such is life. Yet, one of the biggest dangers are overly power-hungry bureaucrats, and politicians not under the thumb.

    There is nothing wrong with the way things are, in terms of security. The problems in the world have been growing because of huge political mistakes in the past. The world needs to deal with the things of today and stop worrying about tomorrow. Stop ISIL. Help the refugees. Today. Make plans, sure. But without planning to sink the world into a cave of subterfuge, paranoia and secrecy (lying). That world is a far scarier prospect than even the one we live in today.

  16. avatar

    To prevent violent conflict, build safe life.
    We believe that peace building requires certain basic conditions, we are committed to create a new environment, make:
    The people supreme in conflict prevention and transformation and construction play a positive role in the process of peace
    People can through fair and effective way, eliminate the conflict of discontent and inequality
    Influential people can play a role, and promote social justice and peace, etc.
    These are not the sufficient condition of peace, but we think it is especially important to achieve peace.A safer world is willing to work with partners to contribute to these conditions.
    I hope that everyone in the world can live a peaceful and happy life, stay away from fear and insecurity.

  17. avatar
    Dr Vidhya

    I applaud you on this brilliant intention especially as it is one of collaborative leadership.

    I can show you how to accomplish ALL of these and more.

    The key is raising awareness through • educating the global society
    • at every level
    • with a focus on empowering & educating vulnerable groups such as women and children (especially girls)
    • and mandatory results-based sentence-dependent rehabilitation programmes for those in a life of crime focusing on healing (my work as NHS Mental Health Director highlighted the correlation between poor mindset, low awareness and high crime
    • by education I mean the core is MINDSET & AWARENESS OF HUMAN VALUES AND HUMAN RIGHTS and then the practical strategies as well, not about collecting qualifications for the wall (I have plenty of those too as a Medical Doctor and University Lecturer and Published Author).
    • increasing basic literacy for every single person ensuring they can read, write, understand and have access to good education, would solve this problem.
    • Fortune 500 companies and equivalent to buddy up with a developing state including sponsoring children and villages and help to improve the robust safeguarding structures, and to make the recipient villages sustainable, profitable and scalable for every individual with a focus on children and women. The Company could receive an incentive such as significant tax deduction/rebate which in turn keeps this model sustainable.
    • focus on root cause not the band aid solution

    I spoke about a lot of this on my recent TED interview and articles in The Times, Fox News and more.

    I can show you how to do this.

    Dr Vidhya
    Doctor | High Performance Executive Success Coach (Proctor Gallagher Consultant) | NHS Clinical Director | TEDSpeaker | Published Author | CEO | Entrepreneur

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