The role and prospects of Defense Institution Building in the South Caucasus

This policy paper, produced by the Regional Security in South Caucasus Working Group, explores the relationship between Defence Institution Building (DIB) and regional stability in the South Caucasus as well as in Ukraine.

Mongolia completes crucial milestone in defense education transformation Featured

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.  

John Kane honored for exemplary service

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.

Foreign Terrorist Fighter Networks: Threats, Challenges, and Responses Tabletop Exercise, May 30-31, 2017 - Final Report

This policy paper contains recommendations based on input from sixty participants from international governments, civil society, the private sector, and multilateral bodies, who successfully tested a synergistic, whole-of-society, multi-stakeholder table top exercise (TTX) module to address and respond to foreign terrorist fighter threats and challenges. The TTX developed robust analytical and practical insights into efforts that address the full spectrum of international security threats related to violent extremism and the increase in returning FTFs.

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.

Montenegro’s Upcoming NATO Membership – Internal, Regional and International Implications

Executive Summary of Recommendations:
• Political parties from Montenegro: calm down the NATO accession issue after the elections – be politically as transparent as possible and stick to
the democratic rules in line with the Montenegrin Constitution.
• Governments from South East Europe: enable more cooperation between the regional intelligence services in the fight against organized crime and
• EU and NATO: use the dynamics in the NATO enlargement process to initiate a security dialogue between Belgrade and Priština/Prishtina.
• Belgrade and Priština/Prishtina: see such a security dialogue as a chance to substantially improve the security environment.
• NATO: use tools from the PfP to enhance the cooperation with Kosovo, even before its membership in the PfP.
• NATO: enhance the cooperation with Serbia in the scope of PfP.
• NATO: take a pro-active stance to overcome Macedonia’s hurdles to become a member country.

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