esss 17 11 poster

ESS-S 17-11 course poster was designed by Marshall Center visual information specialist Stan Jones.

Dates: June 19-23, 2017

Focus: Crisis Response and Prevention on Europe’s Southern Flank – Challenges and Opportunities


  • Engage regional partners in the analysis of conflict and conflict mitigation, as well as in the drafting of policy recommendations for more sustainable solutions.
  • Review how security challenges and conflict dynamics have increasingly spilled over into neighboring states and how they impact on the stability of states, institutions and identities in the Middle East and Africa.
  • Review and assess the vulnerabilities and challenges for Euro-Atlantic space.
  • Assess challenges and opportunities for effective crisis prevention and crisis response on the Southern Flank and how they can effectively be addressed through a networked approach in the context of NATO MED Dialogue, EU-African Partnership, and African Peace and Stability Architecture (APSA).
  • Assess and align Euro-Atlantic policy responses to fit the new realities.
  • Publish the final results.

Course Director: Dr. Ralf Roloff

Deputy Course Directors: Dr. Petra Weyland and Col. John Knightstep

Class Composition: There are 51 participants from 29 nations. Of the executives, 41 are male and 10 are female. There are 30 military participants and 21 civilian. Eight of the participants have attended a Marshall Center resident course previously.

Origins: The first European Security Seminar South was held last year. The success of this seminar and its counterpart European Security Seminar East is the catalyst for a one-week seminar examining the Arctic Region in 2018.  

Last Time Held: May 9-13, 2016




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