Week Long Seminar Provides Participants a Deeper Perspective of the Regional Security Environment
By College of International and Security Studies
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
GARMISCH–PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Nov. 5, 2021) - The Marshall Center conducted a Balkans Regional History and Analysis Seminar with 17 officers and civilian staff from U.S. Army Europe and Africa and V Corps from Nov. 1-5. Developed at the request of U.S. Army Europe and Africa, the course enhanced participants’ preparation for planning and engagement with allies and partners in Southeast Europe by deepening understanding of the enduring impacts of history, culture, and related factors on the regional security environment.
In addition to readings and presentations from Marshall Center faculty, participants were able to engage in interactive discussions with the serving U.S. ambassadors to Albania, Montenegro, and North Macedonia; a former German ambassador to Bosnia-Herzogovina; and leading experts from Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia, and the United Kingdom. Seminar working groups developed follow-on recommendations based on further analysis of key themes.
The course’s director, Dr. Matthew Rhodes, commented, “Southeast Europe is an area of particular strength for the Marshall Center. The seminar was a great example of a highly relevant, responsive, rigorous program in collaboration with the involved commands. The ability to run it in-person in Garmisch added to the value and team-building among participants.”