11 SEP–20 NOV 2019, Nomination deadline is July 12, 2019

PASS ELEC (English Language Enchancement Course) is 07 AUG-09 SEP

Introduction

PASS is a rigorous ten-week resident course for early- to mid-career security sector practitioners from governments around the globe. Attendees include civilian government officials, military and security service members, and government academics. Offered annually, the program provides graduate-level education in security policy, defense affairs, and international relations. PASS affords participants the opportunity to improve their individual understanding in the field of security and to build a network of security professionals from widely varying cultures and backgrounds.

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Objectives

  • Provide a graduate-level education in security policy, defense affairs, and international relations to a broad range of security sector professionals from governments and NGO`s around the world
  • Provide an opportunity for early-career security sector professionals to create a network of security colleagues from widely varying regions, cultures, and backgrounds.
     

Goals


At the end of the ten-week program, each participant should be able to:
    • Understand the strategic environment in which his/her country/organization is operating
    • Identify the most significant challenges to global and regional peace, stability, and security
    • Discuss and analyze various approaches for addressing current and emerging threats, challenges, as well as opportunities at the national, regional, and international levels
    • Comprehend U.S. and German national security structures and strategy decisions
    • Demonstrate individual capacities for national security strategic development, institution building, and budgeting
    • Leverage the Marshall Center’s international network of security sector practitioners.

Methodology


The PASS course methodology centers on daily plenary lectures—presentations by subject matter experts from an array of backgrounds—and the opportunity to discuss topics in greater depth in small seminar groups. These conversations are facilitated by Marshall Center faculty and governed by the Chatham House Rule. Another key element of the PASS program are electives (see right of page), small colloquium classes which allow for focused study on a topic of interest.

These core elements of the PASS are complemented by expert panels, debates, exercises, and field study trips. Participants also engage in independent study and research and are responsible for delivering several presentations to their seminar groups and writing a research essay.

A wide variety of social events supplement the PASS academic program in order to facilitate the development of lasting relationships among young security professionals with many decades of public service ahead of them.
 

Course Structure

The PASS program is broken down into six modules, each building upon the lessons learned in the previous module:

  1. Security and Insecurity Today:

    The starting module will introduce participants to main approaches to International Relations Theory and provide a common understanding of national and international underpinnings of the current international system.
    • Approaches to International Relations
    • What is Security?
    • Human Security
    • Post-WWII History
    • World Economy
    • Norms and Power (International Law)
    • Diplomacy
  2. Key Actors, Regions, and International Organizations influencing European Security:

    Participants analyze the security policies and priorities of key global powers as well as international and regional organizations and alliances influencing European security.
    • U.S. Security Policy and Implications for the Euro-Atlantic Region
    • Russian Security Policy and Implications for the Euro-Atlantic Region
    • Chinese Security Policy and Implications for the Euro-Atlantic Region
    • Arab Region Security Challenges and Implications for Europe
    • African Security Challenges and Implications for Europe
    • Indian Subcontinent Security Challenges and Implications for Europe
    • United Nations: Key Features and Current Issues
    • NATO: Key Features of the Alliance and Current Issues
    • European Union: Key Features of the Union and Current Issues
    • OSCE: Key Features of the Organization and Current Issues
  3. Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities:

    In this module, participants examine the contemporary international security environment and the most pressing security challenges facing Europe today, including hybrid warfare, terrorism, migration, and cyber.
    • Terrorism
    • Transnational Organized Crime
    • Cyber Threats
    • Media: From Intimidation to Instrumentalization
    • Strategic Communication
    • Migration Challenges
    • Democratic Transformation and its Alternative
    • Climate Change
    • Maritime Security
    • Artic Security Challenges
  4. Strategies and Approaches to Mitigate Challenges:

    In this module, participants investigate and evaluate global and regional responses to contemporary threats and challenges including national-level approaches (e.g. security strategy development and security sector reform) as well as international approaches (e.g. diplomacy, peacekeeping, and coercion).
    • Strategy and Strategy Development
    • Security Sector Reform (SSR)
    • Peacebuilding & Peacekeeping
    • Whole-of-Society Approaches/NGOs
    • Promoting the Rule of Law
    • Gender Mainstreaming
    • Human Rights
    • Negotiations
  5. Application / Capstone Exercise:

    In this module, participants apply what they have learned. Deliverables include presentations to their seminar groups, submission of a research paper, and participation in several exercises, including a Security Sector Reform exercise and a three-day Capstone Exercise in an irredentist scenario that includes a negotiations component.
  6. Analysis / Field Study Trips:

    In this module, participants apply what they have learned. Deliverables include presentations to their seminar groups, submission of a research paper, and participation in several exercises, including a Security Sector Reform exercise and a three-day Capstone Exercise in an irredentist scenario that includes a negotiations component. In this module, participants study and evaluate U.S. and German security policies and strategies. Conversations with senior U.S. and German officials during a week-long field study trip to Berlin as well as a field study trip to the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism provide unique insights into the history, institutions, and approaches of these mature democracies. Specific topics to be discussed include:
    • U.S. Security Institutions
    • German Security Institutions
    • U.S. and German Strategy Analysis

For application and deadline information, contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your ministry point of contact or the U.S. or German Embassy in your capital city.