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The NATO Wales Summit Declaration Issued by the Heads of State and Government participating in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Wales Sept. 4 and 5, underscored two Partners for Peace Consortium programs in particular; the Defence Education Enhancement Program and the Professional Development Program. (Graphic courtesy of PfPC)

PfPC Staff Report

NEWPORT, South Wales (Sept. 18, 2014) -- The NATO Wales Summit Declaration Issued by the Heads of State and Government participating in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Wales Sept. 4 and 5, underscored two Partners for Peace Consortium programs in particular; the Defence Education Enhancement Program and the Professional Development Program. The Partnership for Peace Consortium is a key player in the implementation of the DEEP program; in 2014, it facilitated up to 70 DEEP activities benefiting the South Caucasus, Central Asia, the Balkans, Ukraine and further afield.

The DEEP initiatives are demand-driven and tailor-made programs aimed at intellectual and operational interoperability between NATO and PfP partners. DEEPs are unique because host-nations formulate their own reform objectives, rather than the nations which are offering support.

According to Dr. Raphael Perl, PfP C executive director, “what makes DEEPs attractive is implementing a non-cookie-cutter approach to defence education and defence institution building in post-Communist societies and beyond. All of us at the PfP C welcome this recognition given to DEEP by the NATO Summit Declaration.”

Also highlighted by the Summit Declaration was the importance of promoting transparency, accountability and integrity through NATO’s Building Integrity program. A new PfP C Working Group on Building Integrity is currently under consideration.

The link to NATO website and Summit Declaration: www.nato.int