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Minister Herbert Salber, deputy permanent representative of Germany, Permanent Mission to NATO, speaks to the graduating participants of the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies. (DOD Photo by Karlheinz Wedhorn/RELEASED)

GCMC public affairs Staff Report

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany -- The premier counterterrorism course helmed by the Department of Defense and the German Ministry of Defense graduated March 21, wrapping up four weeks of study on terrorism its origins and more.

At a ceremony held in the center's large plenary hall, the 70 participants from 46 countries received graduation certificates completing the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.

These graduates add to a network of more than 10,000 Marshall Center alumni across the globe.

“Reaching more than 10,000 alumni in 20 years represents the heart of our mission, and it’s a good reminder on why we are all here (at the Marshall Center), which is to develop a network, ” said Dean Dwigans, chief of the Marshall Center’s alumni program. “There’s no better example of that network than the PTSS program.”

The graduates hailed from Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cameroon, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Korea, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, Uganda and the United States.

PTSS gathers counterterrorism and security professionals from across the globe. The four-week course is designed for military officers, government officials and police administrators currently working in mid- and upper-level management positions of counterterrorism organizations throughout the world.

“Throughout this course, these graduates studied the nature and magnitude of today’s transnational threat of terrorism, discussed solutions to combat terrorism and established contacts within the counterterrorism community,” said U.S. Army Col. Joseph King, PTSS course director.

The mission of the Marshall Center is to create a more stable security environment by advancing democratic institutions and relationships, especially in the field of defense; promoting active, peaceful security cooperation; and enhancing enduring partnerships among the nations of North America, Europe and Eurasia.