June 10 to 14, 2019 / Course language: English & Russian

European Security Seminar - East 19-03 is titled "Screening Countermeasures to Fight Security Challenges in Europe and Europe´s Eastern Flank."

This one week seminar is being held for the fourth time. It was designed to examine and analyze a major recurrent matter on the European and Euro-Atlantic security agenda. In 2016, ESS-East addressed broader security issues related to Europe’s Eastern flank. In 2017, it dealt with hybrid warfare and resilience-building. Last year, it featured strategic communication. This year, ESS-East will take place from June 10 to 14, 2019 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

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ESS-East 19-03 aims to examine more than the current security environment in Europe and Eurasia. It wishes to elaborate the various responses taken by actors from the international community to counter hybrid warfare measures by Russia. The Kremlin’s ongoing occupation of a part of Ukraine, its role in protracted conflicts and multi-facetted attempts to disturb political landscapes even in established Western democracies, did not remain unanswered. Transatlantic actors did inter alia react diplomatically; troops moved to Poland and the Baltic States and economic measures were introduced to counter Moscow’s agenda.

Hence, this seminar intends to integrate sanctions, economic tools, political response and military show of force into a wider understanding of security cooperation and economic interdependence. ESS-E will exchange views on the different measures. It will take a look on the impacts for both sides. Which coercive measure has worked? Which did not? Are they congruent? The seminar will also address how the Euro-Atlantic community uses these tools vis-à-vis the Russian Federation. How do neighboring nations cope with the confrontation? And given that the EU maintains sanctions since five years ago, how do supra-governmental institutions cope with the challenge.

The seminar will provide valuable insights from involved actors from the public as well as the private sector. It brings together mid to senior level security practitioners from Europe, Eurasia and the US to build a common understanding of the economic, political and security dynamics in the east, especially since 2014. The event will generate a network of professionals for continued interaction, dialogue, and cooperation.

The seminar covers four parts:

  • Part 1: Understanding the theatre / Understanding the response tools. The seminar kicks off with presentations; one view explaining Washington’s perception how the relations between the US and the Russian Federation deteriorated in this decade and one insight on how Moscow attempts to restore its former standing. Then, participants will gain familiarity with the impact of coercive measures featuring sanctions against perceived spoilers. An in-depth discussion of this tool in international relations will follow in seminars. 
  • Part 2: Assessing national reactions (case studies). Subject matter experts will enlighten the seminars with short insights on the political and economic impact of sanctions and disrupted trade relations in affected states. The seminars will then develop recommendations for the selected governments on how to pursue on sanctions and trade relations.
  • Part 3: Assessing private sector and multilateral security sector responses. A view on how a private sector actor regards the changing environment to trade with the Russian Federation will be provided. The EU maintains the sanctions since five years. Is this an example how a supra-governmental institution copes with the challenge?
  • Part 4: Conclusions (final screening of the political, economic and security tools). At the end, seminars will assess the spectrum of counter-measures (political, economic, fiscal, military and diplomatic). Findings will be presented in a panel format, followed by a final discussion.

Objectives and Outcome

The seminar wishes to embrace Europe´s Eastern Flank and the Euro-Atlantic community as a whole jointly countering the aggressor’s behavior and to stress diplomatic, political, military, economic and fiscal resilience among partners and allies.

George C. Marshall Center academics along with guest lecturers from national and international European and Euro-Atlantic security organizations, as well as from relevant private sector actors, will conduct this seminar. It will invite representatives from the EU Eastern Partnership, NATO PFP, Eastern EU/NATO members and Nordic partners. The Center will strengthen a network of Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian strategic experts and institutions.

Indicators of achievement

The principal indicator of achievement is that the ideas and recommendations from the seminar inform EU and NATO strategic thinking and the understanding of the new regional order and its impact. The secondary objective is the inclusion of socio-politico-economic contexts into a wider understanding of security. Lastly, the final objective is for George C. Marshall Center’s role as facilitator and honest broker within the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian community of strategic experts and institutions be strengthened. 

Main activities

ESS-E addresses the topic by providing three different platforms for discussions, exchange of ideas, networking and strategy development. The first platform includes conference-style lectures, panels and plenary discussions; the second platform is an outcome-oriented and product-driven topical workshop format; the third platform is a “night owl” sessions held in the style of a DV “fire side chat.” The seminar is five days all inclusive (in on Monday, out on Friday), with four academic days, approximately sixty participants from mid-to-senior level positions, five working groups, and up to ten guest speakers. The projected dates are 10 - 14 June 2019.

Introducing the Lead Team

The course is five days all inclusive (in on Monday, out on Friday); 4 academic days; 60 participants in mid-to-senior level positions, 5 working groups; up to 10 speakers (guests and in-house; Date: June 10 to 14, 2019.



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