5-9 June, 2017 / Course language: English

The Senior Executive Seminar (SES) is an annual program focusing on a critical security issue of our time. This seminar is tailored to meet the needs of national ministers, ambassadors, legislators, admirals, general officers, and senior government officials.

SES 17-10 will focus on “International Migration and Global Security.” The five-day executive seminar  will seek to develop more effective strategies to respond to the challenges of mass migration, while strengthening the professional networks of leaders and opinion makers from around the world.

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FY17 Program Objectives

The objectives of this senior seminar on international migration are:

  • Provide participants with up-to-date analyses of international migration flows and the threat this presents to global security.
  • Critically assess existing efforts to cope with the flow of migrants.
  • Facilitate discussion among senior decision-makers in order to identify best practices and find effective solutions to the challenges of international migration.
  • Establish networks based on mutual understanding and the shared political will to enhance global security in a coordinated and internationally supported manner.
  • Identify emerging trends and likely future developments in order to anticipate and prepare in advance for challenges ahead.

Primary Audience

The Marshall Center Senior Executive Seminar (SES) is an intensive five-day program tailored to meet the specific needs of national ministers, ambassadors, legislators, admirals, general officers and senior government officials who must address the critical issues of our global and transnational security environment. Participation is open only to senior government officials. The SES is the pinnacle program and more than 72 senior executives from 41 nations will attend SES 17-10.

Course Format

The SES will be organized as a four-day conference-style course. The core of the SES will be six sessions with mixed panels (senior government officials/practitioners, scholars, and journalists from different countries at the senior working/professional level) as well as discussions in the plenary followed by topical workshops that participants will select according to their interests.

This structure is intended to enhance interaction and networking amongst the participants. These seven core sessions will be framed by high profile keynote speakers opening and concluding the course.

  • Session I: Global Migration in Perspective - A Growing Crisis
  • Session II: Migration as a Security Challenge
  • Session III: Regional Focus - The Middle East and Africa
  • Session IV: Regional Focus - Western and Southern Europe
  • Session V: Long Term Integration - Challenges and Recommendations
  • Session VI: Towards Sustainable Solutions - What the International Community Needs to Do
  • Final Plenary: Reflections and Recommendations / Keynote Speaker



For application and deadline information, email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., your ministry point of contact, or the US or German Embassy in your capital city.