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PASS 14-9 Berlin trip

Hans-Peter Baur, from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, gives a presentation to the Program on Applied Security Studies 14-09 participants Nov.10 in Berlin. (DOD photo by German air force Senior Master Sgt. Mark Winkler/RELEASED)

By German air force Senior Master Sgt. Mark Winkler
Marshall Center Public Affairs Office

BERLIN (Nov.12, 2014) -- On the first day of the Program on Applied Security Studies 14-09 Field Trip Study, the class was divided into two groups Nov. 10.

The first group visited the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. They were welcomed by Hans-Peter Baur, director of the Directorate for Peace, Democracy, Human Rights and Social Developments.

These PASS participants then received presentations about Development Policy and Development for Peace and Security, as well as on the "Comprehensive Approach in Afghanistan.” After the presentations, participants had the opportunity to ask questions.

At the same time, the second group was invited by the German Chancellery.
State Secretary Klaus-Dieter Fritsche, who talked about the German Intelligence Service.
After a question-and-answer session, the participants received a guided tour of the chancellery.

In the afternoon, the first PASS 14-09 group visited the federal Ministry of Interior. State Secretary Dr. Emily Haber explained to the students about the current immigration situation and challenges in Germany.

The second group gathered together for a “think tank” at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.. They discussed the future of Afghanistan and the security sector in conjunction with its neighbors.

Day one ended for the PASS class with a guided night tours though the German Parliament Building and glass cupola

Participants were invited by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nov. 11, the second day of the study trip.

First topic of the day was "Germany's Commitment to UN-Peace Keeping and Peace Building -- a Comprehensive Approach.” Deputy Director-General for Global Issues Ina Ruth Luise Lepel answered participants’ questions. Deputy Director for Security Policy Jürgen Schulz and Director for Southeast Europe, Turkey and Europe Free Trade Association Countries Ernst Wolfgang Reichel talked about "German Security Policy Tour d'Horizon" and "Germany's Policy in the Western Balkans.” The day ended for the PASS class with a guided city tour though the German Capital City.

The last day of the field study trip, Nov. 12, started with an early breakfast and checkout from the Hotel. The German Ministry of Defense escorted the Marshall Center with Military Police and blue flashlights to the historical "Bendlerblock.”

Three high- level speakers talked to the PASS class in the morning session. After the welcome speech of Dr. Geza Andreas von Geyr, director a General for Policy, German navy Rear Adm. (LH) Thorsten Kähler -deputy director of Policy, MOD, explained German security and defense policy.

This Presentation was followed by the topic Current and Future German Armed Forces Commitment to Multinational Operations presented by the Deputy Director General for Strategy and Missions, MOD – Brig. Gen. Wolf-Jürgen Stahl. After a short break, the participants had the opportunity to discuss with journalists.

Christian Thiels (ARD), Gordon Repinski (Der Spiegel) answered the questions from the PASS class. Lt. Col. (GS) Christian Meyer, a spokesperson of the German MOD, explained how the Public Affairs Office of the MOD has to deal with military security and yet, inform the public via German Media.

The topic was "Importance and responsibility of the media with regards to security policy related developments in the European, Eurasia and Central Asia.” Right before they started their way back to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the entire group had the honor to have lunch, hosted by Dr. Geyr at the "Gästekasino" of the MOD.