Thursday, July 3, 2008

Back at DAYS

The scene: Aalborg, the northern part of Denmark. At a military airbase 40-50 young people from the YATA network is gathered for a week of the well-known seminar, DAYS (Danish Atlantic Youth Seminar). I have the pleasure of being here for the second time as part of the staff. I know some of you have been here - those who have not is probably eager to go.
The participant arrived yesterday and after a night of traditional danish (heavy!) food and some good exercise (Danish folk dance) the participant went to bed to be ready for the first lectures today.
The topic of the first lectures: Afghanistan. The most important NATO operation and a topic that has been and will be on the lips of everybody for a long time.
Setting the standard was Professor Christopher Coker from LSE, as always entertaining and highly polemic.
Following a short coffee-break Thierry Legendre from the private office of the Sec Gen, Japp de Hopp Scheffer, gave a presentation of the official views of NATO on Afghanistan. Mark Draper from the US Embassy in Copenhagen gave an american perspective on the developments in the area, and now, it is time for a guided tour of Aalborg Old Town, by our house entertainer Mogens, who have been at DAYS since the beginning 23 years ago.
We'll be back for BBQ in the yard tonight and the famous dancing contest "GREASE-style".

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