The Senior Executive Seminar (SES) is an intensive eight-day program that offers policymakers a forum for exploring a current international security issue in depth. The goal of SES is for participants to return home with a deeper awareness of key issues that influence national, regional and international security, the factors that shape security strategy, and the components of cooperative security in an interdependent world. The seminar includes presentations by senior officials and recognized experts followed by discussions in seminar groups.
Participants include high-level government officials, general officers, senior diplomats, ambassadors, ministers, and parliamentarians. Many members of this community are in the position to guide their nations in the coming decades. Graduates share the experience of a thought-provoking, intellectually challenging program that will enrich their future decision-making ability and strategic thinking.
2013 Senior Executive Seminars
Senior Executive Seminar 13-1: Central Asia After ISAF Transition:Regional Challenges and Cooperative Responses (Jan. 15-23)
The transition of responsibility from NATO’s International Security Assistance Forces to Afghanistan National Security Forces for counter-insurgent combat operations is underway. The transition will continue through its conclusion in late-2013. But NATO’s commitment to Afghanistan does not come to an end with the draw-down of combat forces.
NATO’s enduring partnership with Afghanistan shifts to a new phase as increased international effort from all stakeholders is devoted to common problems and common solutions through a regional lens. The Marshall Center SES brings together the world’s leading governmental ministerial leaders, diplomats, military and security sector specialists in a week of open and frank dialogue. The goal of the seminar is to examine cooperative measures with an aim to deter violent extremists movements, counter transnational traffic in narcotics and human beings, promote cooperation among the region’s leading military and civil security sector specialists, and identify steps to enhance bilateral and multilateral cooperation to safeguard infrastructures in energy, communications, natural resources and power.
SES 13-10: The Global Shift of Power: Challenges, Opportunities and Security Implications for the U.S., Europe and the World (Sept. 9-13)
Emerging economic powers like China, India, and Russia are increasing their political weight and have become major players in the international security system. Their rise offers new opportunities for the creation of enhanced cooperation and partnerships, but at the same time the new actors may also challenge the global dominance of established powers and impact traditional patterns of Euro-Atlantic policies. The seminar will focus on reflecting the future of power in the 21st century. Subject matter experts will present their analyses of China, India and Russia and their strategic interests and potentials, focusing on the rise of China and the Asia-Pacific Region. Participants will assess the impact of the countries on the regional and global international system, define areas for cooperation and partnerships, identify security challenges and threats, and determine how this might cause shifts in terrorism and violent extremism. They will also look at how stronger global partnering will help counter illicit trafficking, and address weapon of mass destruction challenges and their security impacts. A specific focus will be to analyze consequences for NATO and the Euro-Atlantic Partnership, creating interesting scenarios for a new multi-polar world.
Seminar Leaders will illuminate future prospects in the newly-established area, and discuss with the participants how to create and foster enhanced cooperation and partnerships with the new worldwide players.