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Developments in 3D Printing and Biotechnology may appear to be quite unrelated; in fact they share commonalities. Both have the potential to greatly benefit the societies we live in - from developing new industrial processes through to enabling treatments for diseases and improvements in healthcare unimaginable just a few years ago.

Indeed, developments in 3D Printing mean new techniques can be used positively in Biotechnology, prosthetics, and medical devices. A 3D 'bioprinter' can even be used to produce 'bioprinted' human organs. At the same time, 3D ‘bioprinting’ could also be used by those who wish to inflict great harm on our societies. Both 3D printing and biotech are apt to simultaneously empower many - who would not otherwise have the means - to acquire dual-use technology and their means of production. Such capabilities are likely to be used by states, terrorists and criminal actors, creating new security challenges.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (June 11, 2015) – The Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) is holding their 17th Annual Conference in Vienna, Austria, from 1-3 July. In light of ongoing turmoil in Ukraine and elsewhere, some 120 experts from around the globe are gathering to help make sense of the world’s turbulent times and provide constructive recommendations on how to reduce conflict through cooperation.

Chisinau, Moldova (May 4, 2015) – Whether you are a government agency, a commercial enterprise, or an individual, one thing is for certain: a dedicated cyber criminal has the potential to wreak havoc on the computer networks that bind the world together. With this sobering reality in mind, the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) is developing a Cyber Security Curriculum to help better defend against determined cyber adversaries.

Bucharest, Romania (April 24, 2015) - Computer-based learning has revolutionized the education community and the Partnership for Peace Consortium's Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Working Group is helping to further usher online learning technologies into partner nations' defense education programs.

Kiev, Ukraine (Mar 30, 2015) – The Regional Stability in the South Caucasus (RSSC) Working Group convened an international panel of experts from 26-28 March in Kiev. The meeting was organized under the framework of the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) in collaboration with the Austrian Defense Academy and was the 11th in a series of workshops aimed at promoting regional stability in the South Caucasus.

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas (Mar 12, 2015) – With US and NATO forces drawing down in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and other countries in the region may find themselves playing larger roles in regional security. It is with this realization in mind that Uzbekistan is cooperating with the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) on defense education assistance through the Defense Education Enhancement Program (DEEP).

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Feb. 26, 2014) – The Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) and the Qatar Armed Forces Security Studies Center (SSC) recognize that the international security landscape is vastly different from that of the immediate post Cold War period.   On February 26 the two organizations put this acknowledgement into action and formed a new strategic partnership to mutually address contemporary security challenges.

Hybrid conflicts are complex phenomena that do not readily fit into today’s security policy frameworks. Further aggravating matters is (1) the absence of an accepted legal definition and (2) the use of conventional and nonconventional tools by combatants to achieve their ends often coupled with a blatant disregard for international law. Such practices impede the ability of policymakers to pre-empt and resolve hybrid conflicts within traditional policy frameworks.

Despite difficulties, policymakers can recognize certain characteristics of hybrid conflict, such as the coordinated use of conventional and non-conventional means in conjunction with the use of media and other force-multiplier technologies to reduce the power of state response. When facing hybrid conflicts policymakers would be well served to (1) consider means to enhance human and cultural intelligence, (2) improve early warning and enhance understanding of technological developments and the increased role of social media, and (3) adopt a more comprehensive approach to better enable institutions to respond to hybrid warfare.

The on-going crisis in Ukraine simultaneously distracts and colors perceptions about recent events in the South Caucasus. The international community devotes as much attention on the Ukraine crisis as it has failed to devote on the conflicts in the South Caucasus. While the Ukraine crisis reminds experts of how regional tensions led to full-blown war twenty years ago, Western leaders seem to be oblivious of the fact that yet another frozen conflict is being concocted at Russia’s periphery, between the European Union and the Eurasian landmass. This also means that the West is no closer to a clearer understanding of the tensions in the South Caucasus, as the sources of those tensions recede ever further into the past, making resolution more difficult.
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00

Kazakhstan Leading the Way in Defense Education

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Jan 27, 2015) – If you walk the halls of Kazakhstan’s National Defense University (NDU) you will see a defense education institution amidst a remarkable transformation. The transformation is through the Defense Education Enhancement Program (DEEP), a close collaboration among Kazakhstan, NATO, and the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC).

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