Youth Ministerial Meetings

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Call for Applicants


Atlantic Treaty Association- Association du Traité AtlantiqueMay 11-13, 2015: Calista Resort in Belek, Turkey


The ATA is recruiting exceptional rising leaders between 25 and 35 years old from both NATO Member and NATO Partner Countries to participate in the unique Youth Ministerial Meeting. On this occasion we are seeking emerging leaders from a wide range of backgrounds including young professionals with connections to elected officials, military experts, journalists, academics, PR professionals, legislative staff, and other mid-career professionals in a position to help drive the debate on security and transatlantic relations.

The aim of the YMM is to give emerging young professionals an opportunity to learn first-hand what it means to be a world leader. The participants will have the privilege to meet senior diplomats and experts in the field and develop their knowledge and skills by engaging in discussions and workshops with key stakeholders working within the field of security and defense.

The call for applications is open until 17th of April 2015, with interviews being held on the 22nd and 23rd of April 2015.


Building on our previous years of success in convening Youth Leadership Summits alongside NATO Summits such as the Future Leaders Summit in Wales (2014), Young Atlanticists Summits in Chicago and Bratislava (2012), GLOBSEC Young Leaders’ Forum and various Youth Summits alongside NATO Summits in Lisbon (2010), Bucharest (2008) and Riga (2006), ATA is launching the YMM program to connect and empower rising leaders who will shape and magnify the innovative impact and outreach that the Ministerial Meeting can have among a transatlantic audience of future leaders. Thus, YMM will serve as an essential link between NATO and the young professionals of NATO nations currently working in security and defence by providing greater transparency of the Ministerial Meeting and foster a better understanding of the Alliance’s objectives and missions among young citizens in NATO member countries. This year YMM will introduce several new features, side-events and special formats outlined below, which are designed to increase the overall success of the meetings.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in an off-the-record discussion with Ministers of Foreign Affairs and senior NATO representatives on the key issues of the Ministerial Meeting. Furthermore, they will be given the possibility to engage in a closed discussion forum, where they can develop leadership skills and policy expertise through advanced panel discussions, “one-on-one” conversations, policy workshops, and substantive engagement throughout the conference.


The YMM is a central pillar of NATO and ATA’s mission to promote constructive youth leadership and help bridge the generation gap by building enduring relationships between senior level officials and young professionals working in the fields of security and defense. The young professionals will commit to attending the full schedule of YMM and engage in the NATO-ATA Alumni network for young professionals. Criteria each applicant will be evaluated on will be as followed:

  • A strong passion for international engagement and transatlantic relations
  • Well positioned to contribute substantively to YMM
  • In a position to influence policy and/or public opinion
  • Proven leadership experience and potential to become a senior leader in the field
  • Well positioned to contribute to future ATA initiatives
  • Interest in long-term engagement with their national Youth Atlantic Treaty Association Chapter
  • Must hold citizenship to at least one NATO member or partner country.
  • Engage in online activity over an extended period of time
  • Between 25 and 35 years of age

The ATA Youth Ministerial Meeting is open to rising leaders, including both students and professionals, working in fields with a direct connection to international relations, global security, foreign policy and defense. Eligible applicants must submit the following material via the online application form order to participate:

  • CV
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Writing Sample on the following topics (750 words maximum):
    • Readiness Action Plan
    • Threats at NATO’s South Eastern Flank
    • Resolute Support Mission
    • Crisis Management

Please submit your application through this form

The ATA will cover the transportation, accommodation and catering expenses for all delegates selected to attend. The group of selected leaders will be regionally balanced, largely representative and predisposed to constructive discussion.