The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), in collaboration with NATO’s Allied Command Transformation (ACT), organised and led the 2017 Young Professionals Day, which took place on 21 March in Budapest, Hungary.

The Young Professionals Day (YPD) drew together 49 security and defence professionals aged 25–35 from across the Alliance and partner countries. The event provided them with the unique opportunity to engage with senior decision-makers and thought leaders and to help shape the debate surrounding NATO’s transformation agenda.

Increasing complexity in the international security environment continues to challenge the Alliance across the spectrum of its core tasks. The key takeaways from the deliberations of the young professionals fed directly into discussions at the NATO Transformation Seminar, which took place in Budapest immediately after YPD.

Divided into four working groups, the participants discussed four areas at the core of NATO’s transformation agenda:

  • Future Security Environment
  • Projecting Stability
  • Deterrence and Defence
  • Political-Military Implications

Download the report to read about the outcomes of the working groups.