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The Program on Countering Transnational Organized Crime will be held Aug. 7 to 25 at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. (Marshall Center Graphic by VID)

Dates: Aug. 7 to Aug. 25

Language: English Only

Course Description: Held twice a year, the Program on Countering Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC) on how transnational organized crime threatens the national security of countries. Lectures and case studies are used to examine the major methods by which transnational criminal organizations engage in illegal activities. Seminar activities focus on methods to combat this threat through the development CTOC strategies, whole-of-government, and inter-regional solutions.

Course Director Professor Joe Vann

Deputy Course Directors: Special Agent John Fencsak; U.S. Army Maj. Sergey Luzhanskiy

Class Composition/demographics: (As of Aug. 7) 79 participants from 46 countries; 33 military, 46 civilian, 71 males and eight females; 13 alumni. Combatant Commands represented: 13 from U.S. Africa Command; five from U.S. Central Command; 28 from U.S. European Command; five from U.S. Northern Command; 13 from U.S. Pacific Command; and 15 from U.S. Southern Command. Organizations: 15 from Ministry of Defense; two from Ministry of Foreign Affairs; 16 from Ministry of Interior/Internal Security; two from Military of Justice; one of military command; seven from military service; three from academic institutions; one from a commercial agency; and, 13 from other ministries, government institutions, and state and local agencies. 

Origins: Part of the Marshall Center’s transnational curriculum, this will be the sixth iteration of the CTOC program, the fourth under this name. The program was previously titled Countering Narcotics and Illicit Trafficking. This iteration was rescheduled from May 10 to 25 for Aug. 7 to 25, as a result of the U.S. government budgetary process.

Last Time Held: Nov. 30 to Dec. 16, 2016

Next Time Held:  April 5 to 27, 2018

Follow this event on Marshall Center Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag: #IllicitTrafficking #DrugTrafficking

Photos from the course can be found on the Marshall Center Photo Gallery.

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