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European Security Seminar South begins today, May 9. This poster was created by Army Specialist Christopher Green.

Background:  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 these regional security challenges.  This course was developed following U.S. Department of Defense direction and Germany Ministry of Defense guidance to the Marshall Center to focus on instability along Europe’s southern flank. 

Dates:  May 9-13, 2016

Course Director:  Prof. Dr. Ralf Roloff


  • Engage a diverse group of participants to better understand security challenges and conflict dynamics and their root causes in Europe’s southern flank in the Middle East and in Africa.
  • Review how security challenges and conflict dynamics have increasingly impacted neighboring states, institutions and identities in the Middle East and Africa.
  • Review and asses challenges and opportunities for effective crisis prevention and response on the Southern flank and how they are addressed using a networked approach in the context of NATO MED dialogue, EU-African Partnership and African Peace and Stability Architecture.
  • Review and assess the vulnerabilities and challenges for Euro-Atlantic space and how they are effectively addressed through the use of a range of policy tools and networks.
  • Publish a conference report that can be shared to U.S., German, EU, and NATO stakeholders to inform them on strategic insights.

Guest Speakers:

  • U.S. Ambassador David Satterfield, Charge d’Affaires to Egypt
  • Gen. Michail Kostarakos, Permanent Chairman of the European Union Military Committee
  • Ambassador Gabor Iklody, Director of Crisis Management and Planning Directorate of the EEAS
  • Jennifer Gavito, U.S. Consul General Munich
  • Laurence Aide Ammour, Research Fellow, CIDOB Barcelona and Bordeaux Institute for Political Science
  • Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Visiting Fellow at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik
  • Daveed Gartenstein Ross, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Jasmina Rupp, Secretary General of the Austrian-Algerian Society
  • Rene Rieger, Chairman of MEIA Research
  • Andreas Jacobs, NATO Defence College Middle East Faculty.
  • Tobias Schumacher, Chair in European Neighbourhood Policy, European Interdisciplinary Studies Department, College of Europe
  • James Derleth Gray, Senior Interagency Training Advisor, Joint Multinational Readiness Center

Last Time Held:  This is the first time this resident course has been offered.

Next Time Scheduled: June 19-23, 2017

Seminar Demographics:

There are 50 registered participants from 30 nations. Ten of the participants are Marshall Center alumni.  The following charts provide more data about the resident course.

The following charts provide more data about the resident course (Tip: Click on chart to resize it):

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