Below is a listing of Background Papers that the Partnership for Peace Consortium has written on various subjects related to defense education, defense institution building, and international security.
In the last decade, NATO has shown keen interest in integrating gender in military operations as well as empowering women throughout its operations and internal structures, led by the advances in women’s integration in some of its key militaries. This paper highlights key NATO documents addressing gender in defense education.
Educating the military on gender issues has emerged in recent years as a new and important priority for NATO states and partners. This paper presents findings on defense education methods to teach gender to the military.
Educating the military on gender issues has emerged over the last seven years as a new and important priority for NATO states and partners. This paper presents findings on defense education activities of the Security Sector Reform (SSR) and Defense Education Development Working Group (EDWG) of the Partnership for Peace Consortium in partnership with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).
A key aspect of how to integrate gender in military structures and operations is gender education and training for the military. Both the Security Sector Reform (SSR) and Defense Education Development Working Group (EDWG) of the Partnership for Peace Consortium have engaged on the topic of gender in military education within their respective activities in recent years. Building on this activity, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), collaborated with the EDWG and partnered with the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies to host a workshop dedicated to the topic of teaching gender to the military.
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.
This background paper is based on a presentation during a partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) Combating Terrorism Workshop held in Brussels April 23-25, 2014 on the topic of foreign fighters. The paper discusses reasons driving the phenomenon and highlights some legal responses taken by Western European states to stem flow of foreign fighters to Syria and to reduce any potential disruptive activities upon return to their countries of departure.