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Senior Executive Seminar (SES)


As the last event in a three-year series of thematically aligned Senior Executive Seminars on Transatlantic Security Cooperation – Facing the Challenges Together, Senior Executive Seminar (SES) will focus on the future of our partnerships in an era of persistent strategic competition combined with multiple other interconnected and concurrent global and transnational challenges, including widespread instability, the enduring threat of terrorism, a dramatically changing technological landscape, and man-made as well as natural risks. To succeed in this ever-more demanding and volatile environment, the Euro-Atlantic community and its partners will need to find new ways of political dialogue and practical cooperation based on mutual interest and benefit across a broad spectrum of policy areas. 

Senior Executive Seminar (SES) will provide a timely opportunity for U.S., German and other Allied and partner decision makers to explore concrete and actionable steps towards such new partnerships in a holistic fashion, both regionally and functionally. To this end, the Seminar will address the specific situations and requirements in selected regions, including the Black Sea, the Western Balkans, Africa, and the Indo-Pacific. This will encompass political, diplomatic, informational, economic and military elements so that the key security issues of our time and their regional and international impacts can be effectively approached.


  • Assess the transatlantic community’s strategic challenges and opportunities.
  • Identify areas of commonality and divergence and understand the respective underlying interests.
  • Develop concrete and actionable ways to deepen existing and forge new partnerships in and for an era of strategic competition and global challenges.
  • Help shape transatlantic and partner agendas to this end.

Participant Profile

The Senior Executive Seminar (SES) is intended for senior government officials at one-star level or above (deputy and junior ministers, policy advisors, policy planners, security policy directors, ambassadors and flag officers), with bilateral or multilateral experience in the Euro-Atlantic area. Participants should be conversant at the strategic level and familiar with the risks and challenges posed by strategic competition, emerging security challenges, and the protection of the rules-based international order.

Participants should reflect a “Whole of Society” approach to security challenges and opportunities.

Language Requirement

The Senior Executive Seminar (SES) is offered in English only and the required ECL is 80+ or the equivalent level ALCPT, NATO STANAG, TOEFL, CEFR or university courses.  If ECL testing is not possible given COVID-19 restrictions, GCMC can waive the ECL and will accept verification of oral proficiency from the Embassy.

Course Details

George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
How to Register

For application and deadline information, contact Marshall Center Registrar, your ministry point of contact, or the U.S. or German Embassy in your capital city.

Course Director
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Rear Admiral (PL) Piotr Nieć, Polish Armed Forces
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