CANADA (7 December, 2017) - Yesterday 7 December during Members' Statements, the Hon. Wayne Easter rose to get the Canadian House of Commons to recognize the PfP Consortium, after he participated in the Security Sector Reform Working Group workshop we held on Intelligence Reform and Best Practices, in Budapest Hungary, alongside our colleagues from DCAF.
CHISINAU, Moldova (23-25 November, 2017) - From 23 to 26 April, the Advanced Distributed Learning Working Group (ADL WG) held its first workshop of the season in Chisinau, Moldova. The workshop emphasized the progress made by nations and institutions comparatively new to ADL, and also focused on the provision of a better user interface using state-of-the-art video embedding technology, sustainment of the PfP Consortium ADL WG’s website by integrating into the GlobalNet framework and application to language training.
REICHENAU, Austria (12 November, 2017) - Berlin-based think tank Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC), jointly with Goettingen University and the Austrian Ministry of Defence and Sports have increased their partnership and cooperation to support the 9-12 November 2017 workshop of the PfP Consortium’s Study Group on Regional Stability in the South Caucasus (RSSC SG at https://pfp-consortium.org), championed by the Austrian National Defence Academy.
SKOPJE, Macedonia (9 November, 2017) – The Republic of Macedonia, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and the United States Embassy in Macedonia co-hosted the Partnership for Peace Consortium’s (PfPC) Combating Terrorism Working Group (CTWG). The CTWG led a cutting-edge simulation exercise entitled “Foreign Terrorist Fighters: Promoting Prevention and Resilience,” from November 7 to November 9, 2017.
Garmisch Partenkirchen, GERMANY (July 21, 2017) - George C. Marshall European Center German deputy Dean Sven Gareis traveled to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 5-12, for the final review of the first phase of Mongolia’s Defense Education Enhancement Program (DEEP) made possible through the Partnership for Peace Consortium, NATO and the Marshall Center.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (27 June, 2017) - PfPC Operations Manager John Kane was honored for his longstanding and exemplary service to the PfPC at the June 27th meeting of the organization's governing board (Senior Advisory Council) held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Kane, who also serves as the PfPC's Defense Education Enhancement Program (DEEP) Coordinator, has been instrumental in helping partner nations pursue defense education tranformation initiatives which are an important part of partner nations' overall defense institution building efforts.
Debating Security Plus is a global online brainstorm that aims to yield concrete recommendations. It builds on Friends of Europe‘s experience with other online debates and gathers several thousand experts around the world. The 2017 event will bring together senior international participants from the military, government and multilateral institutions along with voices from NGOs and civil society, business and industry, the media, think tanks and academia.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (29 May, 2017) - John Le Carré, celebrated espionage author, once said that “the secret service remains the true reflection of the society it aims at protecting.” The PfP Consortium’s Security Sector Reform Working Group, led by defense insitution building experts at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF, Geneva), aims at transforming and reforming security institutions to better strengthen society in that spirit.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (29 May, 2017) - The metaphor is apt; resilience is the way a branch may bend, but not break, and even spring back violently as if a whip. A workshop was held to examine this concept by the Advanced Distributed Learning Working Group (ADL WG), co-chaired by Greta Keremidchieva (Rakovski Defence College in Bulgaria) and Paul Thurkettle (NATO ACT in Norfolk, VA). PfP Consortium partners Global Challenges Forum Foundation and the National Defense University hosted the workshop “Shock, Stress, Innovation: Reinventing Global Resilience in the Information and Knowledge Age”, 15-16 May 2017, at National Defense University, in Washington, DC.
Tbilisi, Georgia (28 November, 2016) – The Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL)/Technical Standards Working Group conducted its latest workshop in Tbilisi, Georgia from 15 – 17 November 2016. This event brought together 40 experts from 16 countries to review modern e-learning standards and technologies, to share their national accomplishments and discuss opportunities for defense education and defense institution building cooperation.
GARMISCH PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Nov. 10, 2016) - Raphael Perl, Executive Director of the Partnership for Peace Consortium shared his perspectives on asymmetric warfare in a speech titled "Asymmetric Warfare: A Doctrine to Fit the Times" at a gathering of European security officials at the Stefania Palace in Budapest, Hungary, Nov. 9.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (November 9, 2016) – A newly published Cybersecurity Curriculum is now available for institutions interested in implementing cybersecurity defense education programs, in order to better protect their networks from cybersecurity threats.
Durres, Albania (September 16, 2016) – To address the challenge of Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF) and countering violent extremism, 85 practitioners and researchers from over 30 countries gathered in Durres, Albania for the "Foreign Terrorist Fighters and Irregular Migration Routes: Prevention and Resilience" tabletop exercise (TTX) from 13-15 September. The TTX incorporated scenarios from emerging security challenges to engage participants and develop actionable recommendations regarding FTF recruitment, travel, and return.
Kyiv, Ukraine (8 September, 2016) Today the PfPC in conjunction with the Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) - known for expertise in defense institution building - completed the first iteration of an academic exchange program focused on the establishment and enhancement of effective military justice systems. Participants from throughout the region attended, and frank discussion ensued on the societal and institutional challenges still prevalent in post-Soviet systems.
Paris, France (Jun.24, 2016) – As part of a multinational effort to enhance defense education and provide leaders in partner nations with world class course materials, the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) is nearing completion of a Counterinsurgency (COIN) Curriculum envisioned to find its way into classrooms of national defense universities worldwide.
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).
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.