June 24 to 28, 2019 / Course language: English


The Senior Executive Seminar (SES) is an annual program focusing on a critical security issue of our time. This seminar is tailored to meet the needs of national ministers, ambassadors, legislators, admirals, general officers, and senior government officials.

SES 19-14 will focus on "China as a European Power."


FY18 Program Objectives

The objectives of this senior seminar on international migration are:

  • Create/deepen awareness among international stakeholders on Chinese goals and strategy beyond the Far East with an emphasis on Europe.
  • Improve understanding of Chinese interests, goals, and policy in Europe and other areas beyond its region and how it uses indirect and asymmetric approaches to reach them.
  • Identify trends and commonalities in Chinese bilateral and regional initiatives in Europe in order to better understand Chinese intentions including competition short of armed conflict.
  • Compare how European and other nations perceive and react to Chinese diplomatic, international, economic, and military initiatives.
  • Establish networks based on mutual understanding and shared political will to enhance security in a coordinated and internationally supportable manner.
  • Identify emerging trends and likely future developments in order to anticipate and prepare for challenges ahead.

Primary Audience


The SES will be organized as a five-day conference-style course. The core of the SES will be eight sessions with speakers and mixed panels (senior government officials/practitioners, scholars, and journalists from different countries at the senior working/professional level) as well as discussions in the plenary.

This structure is intended to enhance interaction and networking amongst the participants.

These eight core sessions will be framed by high profile keynote speakers opening and concluding the course.

 

Course Format

The SES will be organized as a five-day conference-style course. The core of the SES will be seven sessions with speakers and mixed panels (senior government officials/practitioners, scholars, and journalists from different countries at the senior working/professional level) as well as discussions in the plenary.

This structure is intended to enhance interaction and networking amongst the participants. These seven core sessions will be framed by high profile keynote speakers opening and concluding the course.

  • Initial Plenary: Welcome/Keynote Speaker
  • Session I: US and European Views on China: Compare and Contrast
  • Session II: Chinese Strategic Communications in Europe
  • Session III: The Means of Chinese Influence in Europe Part I - Chinese Economic Policy in Europe
  • Session IV: The Means of Chinese Influence in Europe Part II - Understanding the 16+1 and Belt and Road
  • Session V: China's Increasing Footprint in Africa
  • Session VI: Lessons Learned and the Way Ahead
  • Final Plenary: China as an Emerging Global Power/Keynote speaker
 

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