“Defensa y Yo 2.0.” is a program jointly carried out by the Embassy of the United States in Spain and esglobal. This project aims to raise awareness of the concept of “culture of defense”. In order to do so, a series of debates are conducted in a set of Spanish universities, which also partake in the developing of the aforementioned project. Attendees can afterwards participate in a contest whose final prize is a trip to Brussels. The goal is to let winners get to know first-hand the functioning of NATO and the main institutions involved in security matters.


  • Being registered and attend to at least one debate is a mandatory requirement in order to participate.
  • Only students enrolled in any of the participanting universities can take part in the contest.
  • Should a contestant be selected as one of the winners, it is highly advisable that s/he owns a B2 level in English in order to make the most of the experience.

The topics that are going to be discussed in each university are listed below:

Countering Russian Disinformation (online event, February 22nd, 16:00) – University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) and University Pablo de Olavide (UPO)

NATO, Russia, China, and the International Order (hybrid event, March 3rd, 16:30) – Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and Pompeu Fabra University (UPF)

A conversation with Wendy Sherman, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State (hybrid event, March 7th, 10:30) – Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM)

Global Security Challenges Facing the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps (online event, March 15th, 16:45) – CEI International Affairs.

Advancing Peace and Security: Insight from Women in the Field (online event, March 30th, 16:00) – University of País Vasco (UPV/EHU) University of Valencia (UV) and Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM)

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