In 2005, NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division joined forces with PSSI to offer a specialized, intensive course of study for an elite group of graduate students in political science, international relations and other relevant fields, from NATO’s Member States and partner countries concerning future challenges for NATO and pressing issues on the global security agenda.
The one-week course, held in English, includes lectures, presentations, group discussions and simulations led by Czech and foreign security experts – both senior policy practitioners and scholars. A retreat-type setting provides a unique networking opportunity for approximately 30-40 participants from various countries. Over the years, we have observed that this off-site venue permits round-the-clock opportunities for students to engage in discussions over breaking global developments and review the lectures/exercises in which they have participated. Visiting speakers have included senior government and NATO officials, leading NGO security policy experts, academic scholars and private sector executives.
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The selected participants receive a certificate at the successful completion of the program and are encouraged to enrich the public debate concerning current NATO activities and the future of the organization and global security more broadly.
The 2021 NATO Summer School focused on post-covid security priorities. Students had the chance to discuss a wide range of topics including energy security, Russian activities in cyberspace or financial and economic aspects of national security.
Distinguished speaker included former Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Petr Pavel, Pál Dunay from the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, or Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute Elisabeth Braw. You can access the complete program here.
The partners of 2021 NATO Summer School were NATO, U.S. Embassy Prague, Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Norwegian Embassy in Prague, and Drei Schwestern Foundation.