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SLP 1: Fundamentals of national and international peace and security

This online preparatory course will provide a common foundation for the “Strategic Leadership in Global Societal Security” Programme.

In addition, the purpose is to be better informed about international stability and sustainability and create a basis for discussing comprehensive security concepts, approaches, considerations, trends, and challenges as well as the key actors.

This course will provide information about strategic leadership and the diagnostic tools for determining if, when and for whom a situation can be considered a crisis. The course participants will also receive information about all of the different phases from peace to post-conflict.

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives of this course include being able to describe, compare and contrast:

  • The key concepts
  • The key actors and their institutional arrangements, context and agendas
  • The phases from peace to post-war
  • What defines a situation as a crisis and for whom
  • The strategic leadership and CM tasks
  • Contemporary and future global trends and key security challenges

Who is eligible to apply?

The “Strategic Leadership in Global Societal Security” Programme is Sweden’s contribution to NATO's Partnership for Peace (PfP) programme and is primarily open for applicants from PfP and NATO member countries and key organizations working within these networks. If the number of participants from these networks is not filled, applicants from other countries may be considered.

Applications are welcome from individuals who are actively engaged in and working with societal security issues, including leaders, policy-makers and decision-makers from government and non-government agencies, regional and international organizations, military and law enforcement agencies, and private actors as well as academics. Proficiency in spoken and written English is required.

Course fees

If selected to participate, there is no course fee; however, participants are responsible for covering any associated costs related to participation.

Important dates for 2022

This course will be run as a remote, self-study course (about 150 hours) which means the participants may complete this course when it is most convenient for them. Please note that a few short sessions (see exact days and timings below) have been scheduled throughout the duration of the course where the participants will meet with the other course participants and the Course Directors as well as other teachers and experts.

  • 23:59 December 14, 2021 - We have extended the deadline for the application process so the online application site will remain open until 23:59 CET on December 14, 2021.
  • December 17, 2021 - Decisions regarding participation will be delivered.

Course synchronic working days in Zoom (active attendance required, Swedish Time):

  • January 18, 2022, 8:30-16:30 - Kick-off
  • January 26, 2022, 13:00-16:00 - Strategic leadership and crisis management
  • February 4, 2022, 13:00-16:00 - Strategic leadership and crisis management
  • February 8, 2022, 13:00-16:00 - Concept of security
  • February 17, 2022, 13:00-16:00 - Concept of security and gender analyses
  • February 24, 2022, 13:00-16:00 - Concept of security and gender analyses
  • March 8, 2022, 13:00-16:00 - Insecurity
  • March 17, 2022, 13:00-16:00 - Insecurity and global trends
  • March 23, 2022, 13:00-16:00 - Insecurity and peace-to-post war/crisis contexts
  • March 29, 2022, 13:00-16:00 - Strengthening peace and security
  • April 7, 2022, 13:00-16:00 - Strengthening peace and security
  • April 26, 2022, 13:00-16:00 - The security landscape
  • May 10, 2022, 13:00-16:00 - The security landscape
  • May 12, 2022, 8:30-16:30 - Course synthesis
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