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Course Leadership

Prof. Dr. Ralf Roloff

Director European Security Seminar (ESS)
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Dr. Ralf Roloff is the Senior German Professor at the College of International Security Studies at the Marshall Center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. He is also the Director of Master in International Security Studies Program and Professor (apl), Universität der Bundeswehr München.

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Dr. Petra Weyland

Professor of Middle Eastern Affairs, Deputy Director European Security Seminar
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Dr. Petra Weyland has been a professor of Middle Eastern affairs at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies since 2003.  Her expertise is in Islam/Islamism; political, social and cultural aspects of transformation in the Middle East; Islam and the West; the peace process in the Middle East; civil-military cooperation; peace support operations; and intercultural dialogue.

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Col. John Knightstep

Deputy Director European Security Seminar
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Currently, serves as a Military Professor and Deputy Course Director for the Seminar on Regional Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. He arrived at the center in July of 2015.

Introduction and Strategic Overview

Keynote Speech: Security Challenges on Europe's Southern Flank –  A Strategic Assessment
Introduction to ESS-S
Working Group Session #1


Part 1: Current Security Challenges and Conflict Dynamics

Panel: Migration
Lecture: Maritime Security
Panel: Transnational Terrorism
Working Group Session #2


Part 2: Civil War and Regional Destabilization
Lecture: Civil War in Libya and Regional Destabilization
Lecture: Civil War in Mali and Regional Destabilization
Working Group Session #3


Part 3: Challenges and Opportunities for Effective Crisis Prevention and Crisis Response

Panel: Crisis Prevention and Security Cooperation
Working Group Session #4
Working Group Session #5: Preparation of Intermediate Report
Working Group Session #6: Intermediate Working Group Reports in Plenary
Panel: Crisis Prevention and Crisis Management in the Southern Flank – The Experience of NATO, the EU, and the AU
Panel: Security Cooperation and Crisis Response: Perspectives from the Region
Working Group Session #7
Working Group Session #8


Part 4: Policy Recommendations – Potential Euro-Atlantic and Regional Policy Responses

Working Group Session #9: Preparation of Final Presentation
Working Group Session #10: Final Working Group Results in Plenary Discussion

About ESS-S

The ESS-South is designed to examine the threats to Europe emanating from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and to develop appropriate responses to regional security challenges. Indeed, the effects of transnational terrorism, illicit trafficking, illegal migration, civil war and conflicts have been acutely felt within the region and along Europe’s southern flank. They challenge the political, economic, and social stability of the entire continents of Africa and Europe. Multilateral and whole-of- government approaches are essential to addressing these multi-faceted problems.

ESS-S Archive


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