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  • Partnership for Peace Consortium’s Emerging Security Challenges Working Group Leads Conference on Hybrid Threats in Skopje
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    SKOPJE, Macedonia,  September 12-13, 2018 – The Partnership for Peace Consortium’s (PfPC) Emerging Security Challenges Working Group and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia Institute for Geostrategic Research and Foreign Policy co-organized a conference entitled, “Stabilizing Effects of Euro Atlantic Integration:  Working Together Against Hybrid Threats.

    SKOPJE, Macedonia (12-13 September, 2018) – The Partnership for Peace Consortium’s (PfPC) Emerging Security Challenges Working Group and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia Institute for Geostrategic Research and Foreign Policy co-organized a conference entitled, “Stabilizing Effects of Euro Atlantic Integration:  Working Together Against Hybrid Threats.”

    The opening session featured remarks by the Vice Prime Minister/Minister of Defense of the Republic of Macedonia, Her Excellency Radmila Sekerinska.  She explained how crises do not occur because of a single threat but due to several types of threats.  “The current and general atmosphere is difficult for civilians to make a difference between real and fake news.  [In Skopje], we are facing one of the biggest challenges in our history – the referendum.  Citizens should take a decision on the removal of the final obstacle on the road to full-fledged NATO membership and accelerated EU integration.” 1
    His Excellency Viktor Dimovski, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs argued how hybrid threats are used to destabilize countries, governments, and institutions, requiring structures to contend with these threats through partnership, coordination, and dialogue.  Mr. Michael Gaul, Co-Chair of the PfPC Emerging Security Challenges Working Group, reminded the audience of PfPC’s long-standing cooperation in the Balkan region, and reiterated that deterring hybrid threats requires close cooperation with allies, partners, and international institutions.  Mr. Stevo Pendarovski, National Coordinator for NATO Accession emphasized that countering hybrid threats requires a spectrum of tools that uses partnerships, as well as involving a new way of thinking.

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    The keynote presentation was provided by NATO Assistant Secretary General, Emerging Security Challenges Division, His Excellency Ambassador Antonio Missiroli.  The Ambassador built upon earlier themes by describing how emerging hybrid threats can be the result of synergizing new technologies to bring desirable benefits, but they also open avenues to unintended dangers.  This is why, “countering hybrid threats is a team sport that requires the cooperation of states as an important factor for success.”

    The two-day conference brought together 130 government officials and security experts from 17 countries to examine the evolution of hybrid threats by using a comparative approach, as well as to underscore the importance of a multinational and whole-of-government response to such threats.  

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    4Discussion panels provided detailed analysis of current and prospective hybrid threats across different regions and domains.  PfPC co-chairs, Dr. Jean-Marc Rickli and Mr. Michael Gaul guided these presentations and discussions.  Mr. Gaul provided a fundamental analysis that in emerging hybrid threats, “the best way to defend is to be aware, alert, and to anticipate, such as the timeliness of this conference with respect to the upcoming referendum.”  Dr. Rickli illustrated that part of being aware of a new context of hybrid threats is to realize that “you cannot build a wall around you to protect yourselves—this belongs to the past.”  Instead, Dr. Rickli emphasized that an active resilience is the basis to effectively counter future hybrid threats. Established in 2012, the PfPC Emerging Security Challenges Working Group seeks to bring together international experts to analyze the most emergent security concerns, world-wide.

  • Policy Recommendations from Foreign Terrorist Fighters Challenges and Responses Tabletop Exercise 2016

    This paper contains policy recommendations that were developed as a follow-up to the June 2016 Migration Crisis: Foreign Terrorist Fighters Challenges & Responses Tabletop Exercise that was conducted by the PfPC's Combating Terrorism Working Group at the George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch-Parkenkirchen, Germany.

  • Senior defense educators and experts convene to discuss partner nation capacity building
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    Varna, Bulgaria (July 6, 2016) - From 28 June to 1 July, a 58 person strong team of defense education and defense institution building leaders from 19 countries and 41 institutions convened at the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy of Bulgaria for the fifth annual NATO Functional Clearing House, and concurrent meeting of the Education Development Working Group (EDWG).

    From 28 June to 1 July, a 58 person strong team of defense education and defense institution building leaders from 19 countries and 41 institutions convened at the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy of Bulgaria for the fifth annual NATO Functional Clearing House, and concurrent meeting of the Education Development Working Group (EDWG).

    This annual programmatic review provides the experts and country team leaders an opportunity to discuss the status of their programs, evaluate progress, and reach out to other members of the group and their networks for support. At the heart of the program is the mission to support partner nations with the modernization of their defense education institutions.

    Deputy Minister of Defense of Bulgaria, Mr. Dimitar Kyumyurdzhiev, welcomed the team of experts, and highlighted the importance of their mission. “As part of the activities of the Partnership for Peace Consortium, the Defense Education Enhancement Program is aimed at professionalization of the officer and NCO corps and defense officials of partner countries, making their defense education institutions compatible with NATO defense education standards and values. The strategic goal is through military education to develop a common military culture and perception in the neighboring regions, thus contributing to the regional security and stability. The DEEP combines in a unique way the Alliance multilateral framework with the advantages of the direct bilateral school-to-school cooperation. Initiated in 2007 the DEEP now has 13 beneficent partner countries on 3 continents.”


    The Defense Education Enhancement Program (DEEP) provides partner countries with access to expert consulting from senior educators, to build, modernize, and reform their national defense institutions as requested, while also serving as a valuable defense institution building means. The process allows partners to tap-into a vast knowledge base, allowing them to learn from the best practices of other nations, to develop a system that fits their own national objectives for advanced defense education.

    “This meeting is an opportunity for us to directly collaborate with colleagues and elaborate upon the projects we are collectively engaged in -- everyone here can draw upon the expert advice of this team to aide the mission” said Dr. David Emelifeonwu, Defence Education Outreach Director, Canadian Defence Academy. Dr. Emelifeonwu is also the DEEP Reference Curriculum Development Team Leader. A critical aspect of the DEEP program is the development of reference curricula, which are designed to be shared, and tailored to suit the needs of countries seeking to adopt a curricula. “We are currently in the final stages of editing for a new Counter Insurgency Reference Curricula. Earlier this week in Paris, the writers of this curricula met to discuss the layout of the chapters and put the finishing touches on the product. In this meeting some of the [DEEP] country leads indicated this will be a sought after manuscript ” said Dr. Emelifeonwu.

    The event was organized in conjunction with PfPC operations staff, NATO international staff, as well as several Partnership Training and Education Centres (PTECs).

    For more information about the Defense Education Enhancement Program (DEEP) visit: http://pfp-consortium.org/index.php/activities/defense-education-enhancement-program-deep

     

  • Whole of society tabletop exercise produces policy recommendations for countering foreign terrorist fighters
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    Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (June 10, 2016) – Experts from a broad spectrum of society came together at the George C. Marshall Center from 1-3 June to discuss security challenges related to the European migration crisis, including facilitating travel by foreign terrorist fighters to Europe and North America.  They shared perspectives and challenged conventional practices to produce a draft set of policy recommendations on how to best respond to the international secuity environment and counter violent extremism.

    Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (June 10, 2016) – Experts from a broad spectrum of society came together at the George C. Marshall Center from 1-3 June to discuss security challenges related to the European migration crisis, including facilitating travel by foreign terrorist fighters to Europe and North America.  They shared perspectives and challenged conventional practices to produce a draft set of policy recommendations on how to best respond to the international secuity environment counter violent extremism.


    Attendees included subject matter experts from government (including military leaders, diplomats, law enforcement and security sector officials, and legal professionals), business, academia, religious, youth, and civil society communities, representing a diverse cross section of society comprised of 48 people from 19 countries. The event’s Tabletop Exercise (TTX) was moderated by Mr. Irfan Saeed of the U.S. Department of State (pictured below), and explored a 3-part hypothetical scenario derived from actual counterterrorism (CT) cases. The working group examined CT-related challenges associated with the European migration crisis to develop actionable policy responses applicable at all levels, ranging from communities and local government, to recommendations with national, regional, and international application.

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    Before the group began the exercise they received a key note addresses on the topic of “Contemporary Threats and Challenges to International Security” from Mr. Richard Prosen, U.S. Department of State, Ms. Elizabeth Collett, Migration Policy Institute, Dr. Peter Forster,  The Pennsylvania State University, and Dr. Sajjan Gohel, Asia-Pacific Foundation.  This was followed by a panel discussion on “Diffuse Threats and Comprehensive Responses” headed by the CTWG Co-Chair Dr. Peter Forster (Pictured below with CTWG Senior Advisor Dr. Sajjan Gohel and CTWG Co-Chair Mr. Richard Prosen).
    The CTWG is currently producing a report, summarizing the event’s key recommendations in the areas of strategic messaging, policies, and community programs, which will be completed ahead of the Warsaw Summit in July 2016.  
    A follow on TTX will be conducted in September 2016 in Albania.



    For more information on the Partnership for Peace Consortium and the Combating Terrorism Working Group, visit http://www.pfp-consortium.org. For more information on the Marshall Center, visithttp://www.marshallcenter.org.


  • PfPC's Emerging Security Challenges Working Group is underway in Malta, discussing hybrid warfare and hybrid conflict
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    The Partnership for Peace Consortium's (PfPC) Emerging Security Challenges Working Group met in Malta, generously hosted by the University of Malta's Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC). The group discussed hybrid warfare and hybrid conflicts, which focuses on the changing dynamics of warfare and conflict in the 21st century, as seen in the behavior of states and non-state actors alike.

    The Partnership for Peace Consortium's (PfPC) Emerging Security Challenges Working Group met in Malta, generously hosted by the University of Malta's Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC). The group discussed hybrid warfare and hybrid conflicts, which focuses on the changing dynamics of warfare and conflict in the 21st century, as seen in the behavior of states and non-state actors alike. As related to hybrid warfare and conflicts, the group addressed the risks of dual-use technologies, such as 3D printing, which could readily become a weapons manufacturing means for a variety of state and non-state actors. The group benefited from the presence of the Canadian Ambassador to Morocco, Sadra McCardell, who relayed her observations of the final days of the Qaddafi regime, during her time as Canada's Ambassador to Libya. The group's discussions resulted in tangible policy recommendations which will subsequently be published on the PfPC website.

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