Friends of Europe hosting Debating Security Plus to brainstorm contemporary security topics - register online now Featured

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.

DCAF explores intelligence with integrity in Budapest

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.

Yield to emerge stronger: reinventing global resilience

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.

E-learning specialists help partner nations to enhance defense education capabilities

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.

Partnership for Peace Consortium's Executive Director offers a doctrine on asymmetric warfare fitting to the times

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.

New Cybersecurity curriculum now available

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.

Top level support in Albania for exercise on countering violent extremism Featured

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.

Military justice experts gather in Kyiv to launch dialogue on reform

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.

New Counterinsurgency (COIN) curriculum will be available to defense educators in 2017 Featured

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.

Senior defense educators and experts convene to discuss partner nation capacity building

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).

Whole of society tabletop exercise produces policy recommendations for countering foreign terrorist fighters Featured

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.

Partner nations meet to discuss strategies for implementing new e-learning technology

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.

Cyber experts complete cybersecurity curriculum

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.

NATO and Partner Nations collaborate on developing professional NCO corps

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).

Maintaining society’s resiliency in the face of asymmetric warfare

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.

Ukrainian Ministry of Defense innovates classroom learning methods

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.

New counterinsurgency (COIN) curriculum to serve as vital defense education tool in modern era

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.