A new pilot course in Modern leadership in the context of the law of armed conflicts and open-source intelligence took place in Thessaloniki from 12 to 16 June 2023. The course was organised by the Hellenic Army War College (HAWC) and the Cyprus Security and Defence Academy (CSDA), under the aegis of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC)
26 participants both civilians and military from 5 Members States and Institutions followed this very promising pilot course.
The course aimed to develop the participants’ full leadership potential in the context of armed conflict. It provided individual training in order to gain experience in military command and defence institutions administration, in the nexus of Learn, Plan, Apply and Lead. Furthermore, participants had the opportunity to learn about the key elements of the international law of armed conflicts, the legal framework and impact of OSINT in decision-making.
The one-week course consisted out of four modules. Each focused on visual and experiential learning. In particular, individual competencies were developed in small teams under the guidance of a tutor. The practical part of the course, a simulation exercise, provided participants the opportunity to apply in practice what they had learnt and to relate it to a relevant crisis management and capability building scenario.
The European Security and Defence College actively supported this initiative. It works in close cooperation with the Member States and their military institutions in sharing European values, and strives to create a European cultural awareness in the area of security and defence in order to be able to face future challenges. The ESDC is committed to an inclusive, gender-sensitive and discrimination-free environment. Only in an inclusive environment can all people, including the ESDC and its partners, realise their true potential.
The European Security and Defence College would like to thank all the staff of the Hellenic Army War College (HAWC) and the Cyprus Security and Defence Academy (CSDA) for the exceptional organisation, and all course participants for their active participation in and commitment to the Military Erasmus Initiative.