Cyber Defence Policy on National and International Levels,20 – 24 March,Tartu, Estonia
On the 20 – 24 March, the Baltic Defence College, Tartu, Estonia, under the auspices of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC), hosted a course on ‘Cyber Defence Policy on National and International Levels’. As course director Shota Gvineria and training manager Evangelos Englezakis explained during their opening welcome speech, the aim of the course was to provide participants with the conceptual framework to facilitate strategic thinking about cyber defence and develop an understanding of how to integrate cyber considerations into national and international security policy and strategy formulation. The course provided participants from 16 countries with the basic skills and knowledge to analyse and design proper policy frameworks and strategies for cyber defence, as well as with an integrated overview of contemporary geopolitical affairs and security issues, to enable them to think creatively and critically about issues of strategic importance. The course attracted a diverse audience comprising military personnel, civilians and diplomats working in a wide spectrum of areas, from tactical to strategic level. This allowed for excellent multi-level discussions and challenging questions for the speakers. Participants also had the opportunity to share their own valuable experience, with one of the participants, Lt Colonel Vicente Gonzalvo from Spain, even presenting his recently published book. The ESDC would like to thank all the speakers for their exceptional contributions and valuable suggestions, and all participants for their active participation and commitment. Special thanks go to the course director Shota Gvineria for his excellent organisation of the course.