Central Europe in the Age of Hybrid Security threats
STRATPOL Summer University is tailored for young professionals (app. age 20-30) within the field of international relations, political science, security studies and other relevant fields primarily from V4, Ukraine, Western Balkans and other partner countries. Event is designed as a high-profile interactive course consisting of study visits, lectures, workshops and discussions led by international experts with proven background in decision-making, diplomacy, academia, NGOs and media.
Our Summer School has a long tradition and has become a household name in Central European context. In the past editions more than 300 young professionals have joined us for insightful lectures, enriching debates and informal discussions in the beautiful environment of the Tatra mountains.
Date: June 24th – July 1st 2017
Venue: Armed Forces Academy, Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia
Price: 150 EUR (Accommodation, local transport and three meals per day will be fully covered. Organizers will be able to partly cover the travel costs of participants to Liptovský Mikuláš. Applicants will be contacted with specific information).
Confirmed Speakers (more to come):
Mathew Rhodes – Professor of National Security Studies George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
Richard Turcsányi – Director of STRATPOL
Ambassador Adam Sterling – Ambassador of the US to Slovak Republic
Róbert Ondrejcsák – Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic
Miroslav Mizera – Special Adviser to Secretary of State at Ministry of Defense of the Slovak Republic
Dušan Fischer – Research Fellow at Slovak Foreign Policy Association
Maryna Vorotnyuk – Research Fellow STRATPOL
Orsyola Rácz – Analyst at Global Risk Insights, London
Przemyslaw Wywial – Institute of Security and Citizen Education, Pedagogical University in Krakow
Lucia Yar – Analyst at Euractiv
Topics to be discussed:
- NATO’s Response to Hybrid Threats
- Disinformation and Propaganda in Central Europe
- Extremism and Political Violence in V4 Countries
- NATO’s Efforts to Reinforce Eastern Flank
- Ukraine’s Road to Reforms
- Return of Geopolitics: Implications for Central Europe
- Transatlantic relations under the Trump administration
- Future of EU Defense Cooperation
Apart from the lectures, we have prepared a rich program consisting of various activities. One whole day (June 30) will be dedicated to a visit to the Slovak Air Force Base in Sliač, including static presentation of fighter jets and opportunity to experience air flight simulators. We are also preparing an interactive conflict management simulation and an Oxford style debate.
To apply, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org your professional CV along with an essay (1800 characters max.) on a topic What are the most imminent hybrid threats to Central Europe and how to counter them? The deadline for sending applications is June 1, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified in the following days after the deadline.
Call for applications in pdf