April 24 - May 17, 2019 / Course language: English & Russian


This three week course focuses on European regional security challenges that are driving European political agendas and public discussion.  Central to this course is the examination of multiple regional conflicts along European borders, past and ongoing, which will allow participants to enhance their ability to analyze and propose resolution.

The regional focus of this course acknowledges that too often local and national conflicts pose considerable threats to neighboring states and possibly to an entire region.  Given these considerations, conflict management and resolution require many partners including regional and international help.  Conflict management and resolution of regional crisis is not complete without addressing the interwoven dimensions of civil society and gender.


Course Description

The Seminar on Regional Security is broken down into three modules, each building upon the lessons learned in the previous module.

During the first module, Marshall Center faculty and guest speakers provide a foundation of common understanding required for the rest of the course. Lecture and discussion topics provide a framework of definitions and concepts of security, conflict, and crisis management, as well as associated regional implications.

In the second module, participants develop insights into past regional conflicts such as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Syria, and Libya. Subject matter experts provide presentations on regional and international conflict management organizations and mechanisms, including the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the European Union, African Union, the United Nations, and contributions from civil society. These insights are then transferred into lessons learned for management of future crises.

Previous guest speakers include:  Oksana Syroyid, Vice Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament; Geoffrey Pyatt, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine; Dr. Antonio Missiroli, Director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies; Russia GenLt (retired) Evgeniy Buzhinsky, Chairman of the Executive Board of the PIR Center; Ihor Dolhov, Deputy Defense Minister, Ukraine; Georghe Balan, Moldovan Vice Prime Minister for Reintegration; Wolf Dietrich Heim, OSCE Special Advisor to the Chairperson-in-office; James Pettit, U.S. Ambassador to Moldova; Herbert Salber, European Union Special Representative to the Southern Caucasus and Georgia; Martin Schelleis, Lieutenant General and Chief of German Joint Support Service; and Dr. Marian Staszewski, Deputy Head of Mission, Office of the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for peace talks on the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Participants improve their negotiation skills and practiced them in a capstone peace negotiation exercise during module three.  Participants will assume the role of a regional actor involved in a crisis and apply what they learned during the course.

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Seminar Participant Requirements

SRS aims at intermediate and senior level military and civilian government officials, as well as NGO representatives, who have:

  • A relevant background in conflict management;
  • Will be deployed to a crisis region;
  • And/or consult (or advise) their institutions in matters of crisis analysis and conflict management.

Participants should have a clear professional interest in and background knowledge of regional or transnational and international crisis management. This course strives for a balanced gender participation and encourages applications from women.

The success of this course depends on participants who are prepared and willing to describe and explain how international assistance is perceived in their countries.

Course Objectives

Course participants will be enabled to:

  • Analyze current security crises.
  • Understand their impact on regional security
  • Identify patterns of conflict management
  • Consider the gender dimensions of conflict & conflict management
  • Practice negotiation techniques
  • Join a network of over 200 former SRS participants – reaching from the US and Ireland to South Korea, from the Baltic States to Turkey.
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For application and deadline information, contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., your ministry point of contact, or the U.S. or German Embassy in your capital city.