28 participants from 25 countries conclude the 18th New Issues in Security Course

The New Issues in Security Course (NISC) is the flagship course of the Emerging Security Challenges Programme.

The 18th NISC concluded on 9 June 2017 after 7 weeks mapping new and emerging security challenges and tackling the responses required to address them. The Farewell Ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of the 28 participants. The ceremony included a keynote address by H.E. Ms Lucija Ljubic Lepine, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations Office and other international organisations in Geneva - and herself a NISC alumna.

One of the hallmarks of the NISC is the diversity of participation which enriches the learning environment every day of the course. In 2017, the participants represented such countries as Cameroon, Egypt, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Ukraine, and Vietnam and ministries such as defence (civilian and armed forces), economy, foreign affairs, interior, justice, and public security. Four countries from South Asia were represented in this one course: India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Organisations represented included the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Médecins Sans Frontières, and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC).

The 18th NISC balanced the examination of substantive issues with objectives to enhance the skills of those attending and build a community amongst the participants and with the internal and external experts working with them. Highlights in the 18th NISC include:

  • Examination of relevant international security topics such as global pandemics, the nexus between terrorism and organised crime, emerging technologies (AI, autonomous weapon systems, etc.), the role of civil society and media in peacebuilding, legal frameworks and responses for armed non-state actors, and global governance adaptations – to name a few.
  • Skills Labs on communication, crisis management, negotiation, open-source intelligence, leadership, and strategic foresight.
  • Study visits to CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), Interpol, the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), and the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG).
  • A Final Project which asked participants working in small groups to prepare a strategic analysis on an emerging security challenge using foresight tools, looking 10 years into the future.

The course put an emphasis throughout on human and state security, the interlinkages between issues, and the value of adopting a more forward-looking approach in international security.

The 19th edition of the NISC will take place from 9 April to 1 June 2018 in Geneva.