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National security through the eyes of youth in DE, PL and UA National security through the eyes of youth in DE, PL and UA

11 Jul 2018 10:08

National security through the eyes of youth in DE, PL and UA


Conducting a thorough study of the attitude of youth from Germany, Ukraine and Poland on security issues. The project involves the presence of 3 interconnected elements:

1) the formed focus groups in the capitals, as well as the border areas, will allow to analyze and establish the essence of the concept of "security" and its components in the understanding of young people;

2) analysis of youth activity in different security groups in social networks;

3) research on educational programs in higher education institutions in the context of security issues

The project raises an important question of understanding security issues at the youth level of the three countries. The innovation in this study is that young people aged 18-25 years will be engaged in reforming the various spheres of public life in the future. So, depending on the results of the research, analysis of the groups dealing with the issues of security in social networks  will be explored which components, according to opinion of young people, are included in the concept of "national security" (cross-border, military, economic, energy, ecology, information, human and cybersecurity components as well as understanding the concept “nation-state” and “territorial integrity” and influence the Memory policy and politics on the security issues). The governments of Ukraine, Germany and Poland will be informed on the research results so that they can predict the potential changes and challenges that can come soon.

Conducting a thorough study of the attitude of youth (age group 18-25 years) from three countries - Germany, Ukraine and Poland on the security issues will provide an opportunity to comprehensively assess not only the components of national security by the eyes of youth, but also to understand their thoughts about personal security, as well as to see the values that can have effect on these concepts. The project involves the presence of three interconnected key elements:

1) the formed focus groups in the capitals as well as the border areas will allow to analyze and establish the essence of the concept of "security" and its components in the understanding of young people (capitals - Warsaw, Berlin, Kyiv, border cities - Lublin, Wroclaw, Lviv, Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Bonn, Hamburg);

2) analysis of youth activity in the different groups dealing with the issues of security in social networks (Facebook, Twitter, blogs);

3) research on educational programs in higher education institutions in the context of security issues (Universities in Warsaw, Berlin, Kyiv, Lviv, Lublin, Wroclaw, Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Bonn, Hamburg).

The results of the project throughout its implementation will be displayed in the corresponding infographics, as well as will be presented during the security forums of the selected countries in the form of publications, participation in the conferences and presentations.