The Marshall Center is hosting the European Security Seminar – South (ESS-S 18-06) from March 19 to 23. (Marshall Center graphic by Dr. Stan Jones)
Dates: March 19 to 23, 2018
Focus: Demographic Change and the Youth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region – Issues of Human or National Security?
Seminar Description: This one week seminar is designed to examine the threats to Europe emanating from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and to develop appropriate responses to regional security challenges. The European Security Seminar – South (ESS-S) 2018 is about the implications of demographic change in the MENA region on the youth, and it investigates into the impacts on human, national and regional security. 60 per cent of the MENA population is under the age of 30. It is clear that the future of the region belongs to them. They inherit the economic, political, cultural, security environment from the preceding generation. The Arab uprisings in 2011, largely organized by this young generation, for the first time brought to light their demands for a future in dignity, most importantly an economic future, and political participation. Seven years later, these demands still remain on the table. Far worse, youth in war torn societies like Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, is a lost generation which will find it hard to rebuild their countries.
Course Director: Dr. Ralf Roloff
Class Composition: There are 64 participants from 33 nations. Of the executives, 57 are male and seven are female. There are 30 military participants and 34 civilian. Fourteen of the participants have attended a Marshall Center resident course previously.
Origins: The first European Security Seminar South was held in 2016. The success of this seminar and its counterpart European Security Seminar East is the catalyst for a one-week seminar examining the Arctic Region this year.
Last Time Held: June 19 to 23, 2017
Dr. Ralf Roloff discusses the European Security Seminar-South
In this video, Prof. Dr. Ralf Roloff, Marshall Center's deputy dean for Resident Programs and ESS-South director, talks about how this one-week seminar is designed to examine the threats to Europe emanating from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and to develop appropriate responses to regional security challenges.