23-27 January 2017 / Course language: English & Russian

European Security Seminar - East 17-03 is entitled "Hybrid Threats and Resilience Building in the Eastern Flank" This one-week seminar is designed to examine the current security environment in Europe and Eurasia and to develop appropriate responses to regional security challenges. ESS-E 17-03 it takes place from 23-27 Jan 2017 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. ESS-E will examine, rethink and develop the topic with mid to senior officials from Europe, Eurasia, and US and thus building a network of security practitioners. The open exchange of perspectives and the development of policy recommendations are particular features of the new seminar concept.


The seminar covers IV parts:

  • Part I: Understanding hybrid threats
  • Part II: The new dynamic in the Eastern flank
  • Part III: Assessing policy responses and best practices to resilience building
  • Part IV: Policy Recommendations

Conference Report: Elements of a strategy for sustainable resilience


  • To engage a range of partners in better understanding conflict dynamics in Europe's eastern flank.
  • Brings together mid to senior level security practitioners from Euro-Atlantic and MENA:
    • to highlight spectrum of policy-practitioner thinking across Europe, Eurasia, and US regarding Hybrid Threats
    • to explore current and future strategic implications for US; NATO; EU; and European Partners (5 WG final presentation focus)
  • The focus on hybrid warfare on Europe´s Eastern Flank provides the opportunity to highlight challenges to Euro-Atlantic states, institutions, identity and values and to understand better how Russia's behaviour challenges the eastern partners and how Euro-Atlantic space might respond better to mitigate unintended consequences for these neighbours.
  • To that end, we identify current Euro-Atlantic vulnerabilities and how they can be exploited while building resilience.

Expected accomplishments

This course will be taught by subject matter experts from the Marshall Center along with adjunct professors and guest lecturers from national and international European and Euro-Atlantic security organizations. It will invite representatives from: the EU Eastern Partnership and NATO PFP; Eastern EU/NATO members (Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Rumania, Bulgaria, and Croatia); the Western Balkans (Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania) and non-aligned or neutral states (Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and Austria).

The course is structured and designed in such a way to be able to capture the insights from these representatives as to how the EU and NATO can formulate new strategies towards Russia.

  • By Shaping Security Policy Debates:
    • GCMC stakeholders e.g. German MoD, US DoD, EU (MC, CMPD), NATO, EUCOM, …
    • GCMC Alumni community via ESS-E participants, GCMC Outreach, GlobalNet and TW
    • Invited speaker institutions e.g. …
  • Security Insight – Conference Report
  • Curriculum Development:
    • PASS Elective Reading
    • Seminar discussion for PASS, SRS, SES …
    • MISS / Rapporteur Presentation at UNiBW Munich Seminar on International Conflict

Indicators of achievement

The primary indicator of achievement will be that the ideas and outputs from the course help inform EU and NATO strategic thinking, as well as understanding in those countries invited, with regards to Russia and the neighbourhood. On that basis, we can widen sponsors of the course for its FY17 to FY18 iteration by securing additional EU and German funding.

A secondary objective will be to suggest alternative policy options and strengthen the GCMC's role as incubator of and honest broker within a Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian community of strategic experts and institutions.

Main activities

ESS-E addresses the topic by providing three different platforms for discussions, exchange of ideas, networking and strategy development: the first platform includes conference-style format of lectures, panels and plenary discussions; the second is outcome-oriented and product-driven topical workshop format (five topical workshops led by SMEs, supported by a rapporteur with input by SMEs and guest speakers); the third, "night owl" sessions held in the format of a DV "fire side chat."

The course is five days all inclusive (in on Monday, out on Friday); 4 academic days; 50 participants in mid-to-senior level positions, 5 working groups; 6-8 guest speakers; Date: 23-27 January 2017.

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