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The European Security and Defence College has provided an advanced training course for political advisors in CSDP missions and operations for eight years. The target audience are mid- to senior-level officials already deployed or due to be deployed shortly. The course is split into three modules complemented by e-learning and provided by three recognised European think tanks and training institutes, namely:
- the Egmont Institute (Royal Institute for International Relations) in Brussels (February 2019);
- the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (April 2019);
- the Austrian National Defence Academy in Vienna (June 2019).
From the over 60 applicants, the best 30 were chosen to participate in this ambitious leadership course. The selection was based on professional experience, educational background, gender and geographical criteria. The highlight was once again the skills training in module II (Geneva Centre for Security Policy), in which the students received training from media experts on interview, communication and negotiation techniques. Another focus was laid on open source intelligence, political reporting and the use of conflict analysis tools.
During module III in Vienna, the participants learnt about the work of political advisors in theatre. Several practitioners shared their experiences from various missions and operations, including lessons identified from the United Nations and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). During an exercise, the trainee political advisors had to apply the knowledge gained throughout modules I and II. At the end, 24 participants were awarded with the political advisor certificate, which will open the door to interesting new career paths and challenging new jobs in CSDP missions and operations.