05 Sep – 15 Nov 2018, Nomination deadline is July 11, 2018 PASS 2018 Trifold


PASS is the Marshall Center’s largest and lengthiest resident program, running 10 weeks and involving more than 100 participants from countries around the globe, including Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. Participants are junior- and mid-level security sector practitioners. Attendees include civilian government officials, military and security force service members, and government academics.

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Program 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



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.

  • Participants will better understand the strategic environment in which their country/organization is operating and identify the most significant challenges to regional and international peace, stability and security – current and future
  • Participants will be able to discuss and analyze various approaches for addressing current and emerging threats and challenges as well as opportunities at the national, regional, and international levels
  • Participants will be familiar with national security structures and be able to explain U.S. and German strategic decisions
  • Participants will be able to develop a basic national security strategy, national security structure, and security budget
  • Participants will have an improved understanding on the importance of cultural awareness, and bi-/ international relations, and will leverage the Marshall Center’s international network of security sector practitioners.


Expected Outcomes

At the end of the 10-week program, each participant should be able to:

  1. Understand more fully the strategic environment in which his/her country is operating;
  2. Identify the most significant challenges to regional and international peace and security;
  3. Discuss and analyze various approaches for addressing current and emerging threats and challenges, including opportunities at the national, regional, and international levels;
  4. Comprehend U.S. and German national security structures and strategy decisions;
  5. Demonstrate individual capacities for national security strategy development, institution building, and budgeting;
  6. Leverage the Marshall Center’s international network of security sector practitioners.

Course structure

The PASS program is organized in six modules:

  1. Security and Insecurity Today:
    The starting module will introduce participants to main approaches to International Relations Theory and help them understand the national and international underpinnings of the current international system.
    • Approaches to International Relations
    • Norms and Power (International Law)
    • The Origins of Today’s Global Security and Economic Architecture
    • Human Rights: The Post-WWII Regime
    • Security Studies: Defining and Applying Security
    • Human Security
  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. Policy and Implications for the Euro-Atlantic Region
    • Russia Policy and Implications for the Euro-Atlantic Region
    • Panel on Russia Policy
    • China Policy and Implications for the Euro-Atlantic Region
    • Indian Subcontinent Security Challenges and Implications for Europe
    • Arab Region Security Challenges and Implications for Europe
    • United Nations: Key Features and Current Issues
    • NATO: Key Features of the Alliance and Current Issues
    • OSCE: Key Features of the Organization and Current Issues
    • European Union: Key Features of the Union 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.
    • Media: From Intimidation to Instrumentalization
    • Migration
    • Cyber Threats
    • Democratic Transformation and its Alternative
    • WMD Use and Proliferation
    • Arctic Security Challenges
    • Participant Presentations on: Terrorism Hybrid War, Maritime, Transnational Organized Crime, and Climate Change
  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
    • Whole-of-Society Approaches
    • Crisis Communications
    • Gender Mainstreaming
    • The Comprehensive Approach
    • Peacekeeping
    • Promoting the Rule of Law
    • Coercion
    • Diplomacy
    • 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 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 Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site 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 Этот адрес электронной почты защищён от спам-ботов. У вас должен быть включен JavaScript для просмотра. your ministry point of contact or the U.S. or German Embassy in your capital city.