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.
Riga, Latvia (May 2, 2016) -- The Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Working Group, sponsored by the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) at the George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch, Germany, met from 25 - 27 April 2016 in Riga, Latvia. This workshop meeting, graciously hosted by the Latvian National Defence Academy, saw approximately 40 participants from 14 countries in attendance.
Lopota, Republic of Georgia (April 28, 2016) – With high-profile cyber attacks on major corporations and governments routinely making headlines, perpetrators of such attacks have soberly reminded the world that nearly any network, regardless of perceived security, is vulnerable to attack by capable, determined adversaries.
Tbilisi, Georgia (April 28, 2016) – NATO and Partner Nation defense education representatives are gathering from 25-29 April in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, to collaborate on development of professional Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Corps in Partner Nations, under the framework of the Defense Education Enhancement Program (DEEP).
VIENNA, Austria (Apr. 22, 2016) – The Diplomatic Academy of Vienna held its 12th Annual Student Conference on 22 April, with the theme “Hackers, Contractors and Drones: Warfare in the 21st Century.” Dr Raphael Perl, Executive Director of thePartnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC), participating in the conference as an opening speaker and panel moderator, examined asymmetric warfare in the broader context of hybrid warfare, offering policy recommendations to help nations address threats posed by asymmetric warfare.
Kiev, Ukraine (March 4, 2016) – As part of a collaborative Defense Education Enhancement Program (DEEP) effort, the National Defense University of Ukraine (NDUU) hosted a workshop from 29 February to 3 March, focusing on faculty development and innovative learning.
Potsdam, Germany (Jan. 28, 2016) – As part of a multinational effort to better educate national leaders on the nature of counterinsurgency (COIN), the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) is nearing completion of a COIN Curriculum, envisioned to find its way into classrooms of national defense universities worldwide.
Yerevan, Armenia (January 30, 2016) – Armenia held a grand opening ceremony for its new National Defense Research University (NDRU) on January 28. The opening of the NDRU culminates seven years of close cooperation through the Defense Education Enhancement Program (DEEP) and represents a major milestone in the transformation of the Armenian Armed Forces.
Astana, Kazakhstan (Jan 14, 2016) – Since 2007, Kazakhstan has been transforming its military education system through the Defense Education Enhancement Program (DEEP). In their latest milestone under DEEP cooperation, the Kazakhstan National Defense University has announced that starting in 2016, a course on logistics support will be added to the graduate level studies curriculum.
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (21 December, 2015) – On 11 December, Mongolia graduated the first class of the Mongolian Staff Officer Course (MSOC), a significant milestone in Mongolia’s defense education cooperation with NATO and partners.
Geneva, Switzerland (December 17, 2015) - Security sector reform (SSR) is an increasingly important topic on the agenda of international development, and peace and security communities. SSR opens a window of possibility to transform security policies and institutions, and provides opportunities to integrate gender issues. The Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF)'s recent publishing of a Gender and Security Sector Reform Toolkit in Spanish greatly increases the reach of this important toolkit.
Yerevan, Armenia (November 16, 2015) – From 10 - 13 November 2015, 45 experts across 14 countries conducted a workshop to review state-of-the-art electronic learning technologies as part of an ongoing effort to assist partner nations in the implementation of such technologies. In addition, the Armenian Ministry of Defense, along with other partners, pledged to support development of a new NATO language training course, to be taken online by deploying forces in support of NATO operations.
Doha, Qatar (November 2, 2015) – Perhaps now more than ever, international security depends on closer cooperation between Western and Arab nations. With this in mind, the Partnership for Peace Consortium used the 27-28 October Doha International Strategic Policies Forum (DISP 2015) as an opportunity to formerly announce the availability of defense education curricula in Arabic.