Salient - Youth Conference

Interdisciplinary youth conference. Enabling critical dialogue among young professionals. Fostering practical skills for addressing 21st century challenges.

MUN / EDU MUNSC Salient is a youth conference that supplements the traditional Model United Nations (MUN) experience with educational content in the form of interactive lectures, roundtables, workshops and group exercises. ONE THEME / MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES Each year we choose one overarching theme that is then used to simulate various international bodies and organise high-quality educational activities featuring experts from diverse issue-related fields. STEP BACK / DIVE DEEPER This way we want to take a step back from the power-driven interplay defining most classic MUN simulations, instead offering our participants an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of issues and challenges making up the overarching theme.

The fourth day of Salient as the sessions entered their final stages!

But was there enough space for compromise or were the delegates disunited in their pursuit for conclusive answers to bridge the transatlantic divide? 🤔

The fourth day of Salient as the sessions entered their final stages!

But was there enough space for compromise or were the delegates disunited in their pursuit for conclusive answers to bridge the transatlantic divide? 🤔

Delegates have a specific set of points and motions they favour above the rest. Motion for an unmoderated caucus. Point of personal privilege. Right of reply. And the evergreen Motion to suspend the meeting for the coffee break. While some attempts are more successful and others less, everyone has been very successful at discussing this year's most salient topics - The Masters of Transatlantic Relations 👑

Delegates have a specific set of points and motions they favour above the rest. Motion for an unmoderated caucus. Point of personal privilege. Right of reply. And the evergreen Motion to suspend the meeting for the coffee break. While some attempts are more successful and others less, everyone has been very successful at discussing this year's most salient topics - The Masters of Transatlantic Relations 👑

Salient 2019: Day 2

From panels discussions to committee proceedings. The second day of this years conference lifted off as delegates assumed their positions! But will they have to brace for impact or enjoy a smooth landing down resolution lane? Follow us to find out! 🚀

From panels discussions to committee proceedings. The second day of this years conference lifted off as delegates assumed their positions! But will they have to brace for impact or enjoy a smooth landing down resolution lane? Follow us to find out! 🚀

Študentski kampus is also one of our major partners. We truly appreciate its contribution that helped us with the organization and an approriate venue.

Salient Youth Conference is also sponsored by the Mestna občina Ljubljana. We are very thankful for their support and for the possibility to hold our Closing Ceremony in the Ljubljana Town Hall.

1️⃣ day, 3️⃣ exciting panel discussions! And we have more good news for you... This was only the beginning of this year’s conference!

We would like to thank all of you who have participated in the discussion, but above all the panellists who made this event truly special with their insightful and inspiring contributions! 🙏

📷: Luka Klarič

Even if the weather is a bit gloomy, there’s no shortage of smiles all around as the mood is cheerful at the opening sessions of Salient! 🥳

"Introduction of social media had huge consequences on the timing of responses. If I had to list the positives and negatives about social media, there would be more cons. We always have to react quickly and there is no time for preparing a strategy or planning the response."

Ambassador of the French Republic, H.E. Ms. Florence Ferrari outlines the demands of 21st century diplomats.⏳📱

"There is public diplomacy, but there is also diplomacy that should stay behind closed doors. Some negotiations must be held behind the scenes, because some things have to stay hidden in order to succeed."

Ambassador of the Italian Republic, H.E. Mr Paolo Trichilo gives an honest insight into the cunning of diplomatic success.

It's called the art of diplomacy for a reason. It is not simply about formal attire, kind words and protocol. Moreover, diplomacy has developed in the 21st century. Now, digital diplomacy has become an everyday part of diplomats everywhere. Has the diplomatic profession adapted to these changes?

Secretary-General of Bled Strategic Forum, Peter Grk spoke to ambassadors about Diplomatic styles in transatlantic relations.

"Thirty percent of Iran’s trade is now with China. What is significant here are the circumstances under which Iran has began exporting oil to China. Oil trade between the countries is not conducted in U.S. dollars but in Chinese yuans. The U.S. is very sensitive about this fact, which is strongly contributing to the US-Iran tensions."

Former Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr. Jožef Kunič ponders the complex developments of Iran's foreign relations.

"Iran has the key to the Middle East. It has a crucial geopolitical position. It has a vast amount of natural resources. It has nuclear potential. It has alternative means of warfare in the form of Hezbollah and Hamas. That makes it a key regional actor, which has been strengthened by the US invasion of Afghanistan. It effectively erased their biggest regional competitor and paved the way for Iran’s regional dominance."

The Director of Centre for European Perspective - CEP, Ms. Katja Geršak outlines Iran's present-day role in the Middle-East.

Is The Iran deal: Beyond salvageable? Can we bring it back? Who has backed out and who still believes in it? What are the circumstances affecting its future? 🤔

All of these questions and many others have been discussed in today's second panel, which was moderated by Ms. Meliha Muherina (Centre for European Perspective - CEP).

"Understanding the term capability is important. And we need to understand it in light of military systems, which are worth billions. European states do not see European military integration as competition to the alliance. We see it as an enhancement. Our national defence depends on the defence of NATO. European military integration is an extension of the capacity to ensure national defence needs."

Head of NATO division, Uroš Lampret (Ministrstvo za obrambo RS/Slovenian Ministry of Defence) discussing the relationship between increasing European military integration and NATO.

"The question of investing resources is a longstanding question and it remains an ongoing question. If you look at the formation of NATO, the debate on 2% contributions has been consistently present from 1945. This has been a firm position of the United States throughout the past decades. NATO partners have been gradually increasing their commitments towards this target."

Mr Gautam Amrat Rana (U.S. Embassy Ljubljana) reflects on the consistent challenge of NATO member states meeting contribution targets.

"We should increase security awareness in the European continent and understand what kind of toolkit is available to defend ourselves. Moreover, in terms of national security we need to have an informed understanding of what we already have in light of what we want to have."

Dr. Vladimir Prebilič (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences) on the importance of communicating the role of military organisations to the public.

This year's Salient is officially under way! 🎉

Our first panel, The future of NATO: Between integration and enlargement has engaged the participants into a multi-level discussion on what are the prospects of the largest global military alliance.

The panel was moderated by Mr. Faris Kočan (Centre of international Relations)

We deeply appreciate the willingness of our sponsor Pošta Slovenije to support this conference. We thank them for believing in our potential! #Salient2019

Since this year's topic is revolving about the future of the transatlantic relations, we were kindly supported by the U.S. Embassy in Slovenia. The transatlantic relationship is arguably the most significant relationship in the international system. Europe and the United States have the largest concentration of individual and combined political and economic power, making the European Union and the US each other's most important partner worldwide. Common values, culture, and history make them obvious political partners and in economic terms, the EU and the US are recipients of around one half of each other's Foreign Direct Investmens, which means that transatlantic investment sustains roughly ten million jobs.

Just one day left until the beginning of #Salient2019! Euro-Atlantic Council of Slovenia as one of our partners is contributing to the content quality of our first panel tomorrow -The future of NATO: Between integration and enlargement. See you soon!

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences also this year is one of our major partners. We truly appreciate the continuous support and contribution that dramatically help us proceed with our vision. #Salient2019

One of our major partners is the Centre for European Perspective - CEP, that is fully dedicated to improve the quality of our panels. On the following link you can read more about the panel that is organized in cooperation with CEP. Be there! #Salient2019
https://www.facebook.com/events/359045531372592/?active_tab=about

With great pride and pleasure, we announce that this conference is organized under the honorable patronage of the President of the Republic of Slovenia. #Salient2019

We are pleased to announce that Bled Strategic Forum is our main partner, with strong commitment to help improve the quality of this year's conference. #Salient2019

It's time to introduce the #Salient2019 Organising Team!
Before we present the Salient 2019 Panels, meet the team that prepared the Panel Day and is going to take care of the PR.
📷 Luka Klaric

It's time to introduce the #Salient2019 Organising Team!
Meet our Delegate Service whose job is to answer all the questions the Delegates might have, inform them about the logistics of the conference and be there whenever delegates need them.

📷 Luka Klaric

It's time to introduce the #Salient2019 Organising Team!
Meet the Logistics Team who took care of the Acommodation, Lunches, Coffee Breaks and most importantly Social Events.
📷 Luka Klaric

It's time to introduce the #Salient2019 Organising Team!
Meet the Content Team who made sure that you have a great Study Guide to read before the conference! And also the Crisis Team who will spice up the debate during the conference.

📸 Luka Klaric

docs.google.com

Salient 2019 - The Transatlantic Divide Delegate Application Form

Applications of #Salient2019 close tonight! So in case you haven't applied yet, you NEED to hurry up.. believe us, you don't want to miss this year's edition of Salient 😊⏳

Apply here 👇🏼
https://goo.gl/forms/WvW5Lsv2y2481fbi2

docs.google.com When and where: 15-19 May 2019 / Ljubljana / Slovenia Final Round Participation Fee: 60,00 EUR (includes conference materials, lunch, socials, and coffee breaks) Accommodation: Not included (we will provide you with a list of partner hostels once accepted) Available councils: UN Security Council / N...

As you all know an amazing crisis is an essential part of every Salient and #Salient2019 will be no different in this aspect! 😄 Paweł, our Crisis director Amanda and other members of the crisis team will make sure that this year's crisis will be better than ever. 🙃💥💣

Apply here 👇🏼
https://goo.gl/forms/WvW5Lsv2y2481fbi2

The second panel at #Salient2019 will be focusing on diplomatic styles in transatlantic relations. If you don't want to miss your chance to learn, you have to apply for Salient! Hurry up the applications close on March 31! ⏳😄

Apply here 👇🏼
https://goo.gl/forms/WvW5Lsv2y2481fbi2

Read more about the panels 👇🏼
http://www.salient.si/panels

This year at #Salient2019 we decided to have a whole day of Panel Discussions. One of them will focus on the topic of the future of NATO: Between integration and enlargement. ☺️

Apply here 👇🏼
https://goo.gl/forms/WvW5Lsv2y2481fbi2

#Salient2019 is the perfect opportunity to discuss very important issues with your fellow delegates from all over the world, explore Ljubljana and have some fun. Applications close on 31 March! 😊

Apply here 👇🏼
https://goo.gl/forms/WvW5Lsv2y2481fbi2

Today we are sharing some throwback photos, this time from Salient 2017! ⏱️
We had loads of fruitful discussions, great roundtables and amazing social events and this year it will be even better 😊🎉

Apply here 👇🏼
https://goo.gl/forms/WvW5Lsv2y2481fbi2

Today we decided to share some throwback photos from Salient 2018 with you. 📸 If you want to experience an amazing conference and spend some quality time in Ljubljana from 15 - 19 May, you have to apply for #Salient2019! ☺️🎉

Apply here 👇🏼
https://goo.gl/forms/WvW5Lsv2y2481fbi2

You know that one of the most important components of every Salient is our amazing crisis, so this year it won't be any different! 💣💥 This year our crisis will be managed by our Mistress of Mischief Amanda 😊!

Apply here 👇🏼
https://goo.gl/forms/WvW5Lsv2y2481fbi2

More #Salient2019 good news! 😄 Due to plenty of requests to extend the application process, we have reopened our applications for the #FinalRound!

You have until 31 March to apply! 👇🏼
https://goo.gl/forms/WvW5Lsv2y2481fbi2

The applications for #Salient2019 close today! And with that in mind, we are presenting you with our third chairing pair, Anna and Pablo, who will be chairing the EC! 😊🇪🇺

Apply here 👇🏼
https://goo.gl/forms/WvW5Lsv2y2481fbi2

The next member of the secretariat we are presenting to you is our lovely Editor-in-chief Ana! 😊💬📰 She will be taking over the news reports at #Salient2019 😁

Apply here 👇🏼
https://goo.gl/forms/WvW5Lsv2y2481fbi2

Today we are presenting our second chairing pair to you! 😁 Stijn and Francisco will be chairing this years NATO at #Salient2019! 😊

Apply here 👇🏼
https://goo.gl/forms/WvW5Lsv2y2481fbi2

Still need some motivation to apply? Here is our first lovely chairing pair, Elizabeta and Rizqi, who will be chairing UN SC at #Salient2019! 😄👌🏽

Apply here 👇🏼
https://goo.gl/forms/WvW5Lsv2y2481fbi2

We are thrilled to announce that the Main Partner of #Salient2019 will be none other than Bled Strategic Forum!

With the help of #BSF we have set out to organise four amazing panel discussions which are set to take place on May 15 and will be open to the public free of charge.

We are set to reveal more about each of the four panels next week - in the meantime you can read more about this year's main theme and the 1+4 format at: http://www.salient.si

theguardian.com

Trump administration downgrades EU's status in US, without informing Brussels

Are EU-US relations something that sparks your interest? If you wish to discuss the future of EU-US relations, you should most certainly apply for a role in EC at #Salient2019! 🇪🇺🇺🇸🔮

Apply here 👇🏼
https://goo.gl/forms/WvW5Lsv2y2481fbi2

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/08/trump-administration-downgrades-european-union-status

theguardian.com Downgrade of diplomatic role seen as a snub reflecting a general antipathy to the EU in the Trump administration

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