The project on Generational Perspectives on National and International Security aims to offer an audible voice to the next generations of leaders, in order to develop an inclusive definition of “security” while fostering dialogue and mutual trust within and across generations regarding domestic and foreign security challenges. The project objective is to provide young people with the opportunity to develop effective international collaboration on contemporary security issues and to better understand how perception informs reality. It is a "self-directed and self-initiated" undertaking.
The historic distinction in obligation and response to regional security challenges has been leveled by the continuous rise of transnational threats to peace and security. Today, non-state actors, social media and corporations overwhelmingly influence geopolitics while migration flows instrumentally shape political discourse and responses to democratization challenges – all of which complicates the search for appropriate answers to contemporary security challenges. Through direct engagement of the young and digitally connected generation, the project intends to amplify their individual perspectives, garnered from their experiences and exposure to new technologies. The project content will span questions regarding how digitalization and artificial intelligence may affect future economies, to questions about social media’s effects on democracy and international relations.
By bringing together young adults – independent of gender, race, belief, socio-economic and other backgrounds – throughout OSCE territories, the project intends to highlight security trends that may not be apparent to the elites that predominate throughout these contexts. Fundamentally, the Generational Perspectives Project is a response to today’s polarization of basic communication and aims to empower a new cohort of young people to better reach out to their peers and overcome security vacuums in their own communities.