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Course study guide for ESS-S 18-06

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.

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LTC. Michael Schätzlein

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

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Schätzlein is a military professor and Deputy Program Director. He joined GCMC in spring of 2017.

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ESS-S 18-06: Demographic Change and the Youth in the MENA Region – Issues of Human or National Security

Strategic Overview


Part 1: Assess Challenges of Demographic Change

Keynote Speech: Issues of National or Human Security. A perspective from Africa (the southern Mediterranean)
Introduction to ESS-S

Lecture: Demographic Change in the MENA Region and Beyond. Statistics
Lecture: Youth in the MENA Regio: issues of Security and Insecurity
Working Group Introduction: What are we talking about?
Lecture: Demography, Security and Insecurity: Understanding the Youth's Individual Solutions. Migration and Radicalization
Working Group Session #1: So what?


Part 2: Review and Assess Current Approaches to Youth Problem

Panel: Current National and Multilateral Approaches to Counter the Youth Problem
Lecture: Youth in the Arab world between informality and precariousness
Working Group Session #2: Assessing Approaches
Working Group Session #3: Preparation of Intermediate Report

Working Group Session #4: Current Programs Continued
Panel: Partnerships: Revisited


Part 3: Policy Recommendations – Potential Euro-Atlantic and Regional Policy Responses

Working Group Session #5: Policy Recommendations to Reach Best Case Scenario
Working Group Session #6: Preparation of Final Presentation
Working Group Session #7: 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.


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