Security Scholars Program
In response to the increasing demand for innovative approach to learning and to reach out to a broader audience, PSSI has developed an e-learning platform that is available to individuals working on, or interested in, current and emerging issues in the field of foreign policy and security. To this end, we hope to bring forward a complimentary learning tool to more traditional teaching methods. The e-learning platform has been designed to supplement our education programs. Recorded lectures will be available on e-learning platform SlidesLive. PSSI aims to offer everyone the flexibility to view the lectures online at their own pace and convenience.
In the future, you can look forward to distinguished speakers with wide-ranging experience coming from NATO and senior government ranks, academia, private sector and leading security NGOs.
In addition, these lectures are provided at PSSI’s new think tank platform IRSEC Hub (International Relations and Security Affairs Resource Hub).
Having over five years of professional experience managing and designing governance and security related training programs for Department of Defense (DoD), State Department, USAID and other US government agencies deploying officials to South Asia and the Middle East, David King presented the lecture at the PSSI’s Interagency Civilian-Military Training (ICMT) in June 2014.
His presentation began with the most fundamental question - Why does this matter? As a person wishing to participate in high-stress/post-conflict/reconstruction mission, everyone should ask themselves the same elementary question. Civil-military operations are the future of all military operations. It is increasingly difficult for the military to go anywhere without incorporation civilians within their capacities. While touching upon some of the pitfalls and lessons learned that can be drawn out from missions in Afghanistan and Iraq, he also highlighted some of the successes that are worth repeating in the future.
Countering the threat of Russia’s rising assertiveness in the context of Ukraine crisis has greatly altered the narrative of the upcoming NATO’s Wales Summit this September. Has the NATO’s response been proportionate to the threat or do we advocate business-as-usual? Recent events have provided a strong reminder of the importance of collective defense. Just as NATO adjusted its focus after the Balkan conflict and 9/11, the current state of play calls for similar action.
In light of recent developments, the credibility of Article V has been questioned. New demands have been placed upon the concept since the end of the Cold War. While NATO is the most successful defense alliance in the world history, it requires constant reassessment to cope with the latest challenges. This has in effect widened the geographic area of collective security. If NATO is to assume its global role, it must act accordingly.
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