Flying in a military aircraft on his way to Turkey, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), Adm. James Stavridis logged on and participated in "Security Jam," an online forum, to discuss challenges to international peace.
The online forum, which started Feb. 4 and continues until Feb. 9, covers such topics as the conflict in Afghanistan, piracy in the Gulf of Aden, with some discussion threads looking specifically at issues such as conflict in a post-Cold War world and NATO's role in humanitarian crisis. The Security Jam is designed to allow thousands of representatives and experts from around the world to take part in an online debate on key issues that govern safety and development. As an online session, it allows participants to log in and log out at their convenience, from anywhere in the world. Even when flying at an altitude of more than 35,000 feet.
In the discussion thread entitled, "What I Worry About," Stavridis noted that his list of current concerns includes nuclear proliferation, cyber disruption, narcotics and other forms of trafficking, unexploded ordnance, piracy and terrorism. "We should pay more attention to trans-border, non-traditional threats, which so often cannot be solved by the simple application of force. We must take a more comprehensive approach that links international, interagency, and private-public efforts -- all underpinned by effective strategic communications," Stavridis wrote in the forum.
Another discussion thread on "The search for a new security concept" looked at how the world landscape has changed in the 21st century in relation to international cooperation and security. Stavridis offered incisive insight, emphasizing some of the major themes he has often broached since taking over as SACEUR in July.
"As we think about the definition of security in today's world, I think it is crucial to realize that we shall not deliver security from the barrel of a gun. Security will require, above all, PARTNERSHIP: internationally, among the various agencies and organs of government, and through private-public partnering. We must develop STRATEGIC CONNECTIONS in those three domains: international, interagency, and private-public. Together, we tend to call this a 'comprehensive approach''in NATO," Stavridis noted.