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Globally representative and with diverse backgrounds, 22 participants conclude the 19th New Issues in Security Course

Mapping New and Emerging Security Issues and Designing Effective Responses 

The 19th NISC concluded on 1st of June 2018 after eight weeks mapping new and emerging security challenges and tackling the responses required to address them. Twenty-two participants from twenty-two countries took part. They represented government ministries such as foreign affairs and defence and organisations such as the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping and Training Centre and Médecins Sans Frontières.

These twenty-two participants came from countries in the Caucasus, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, East Asia, Oceania, and Sub-Saharan Africa. For the first time in the NISC participants attended from Mongolia and Oman.

The course placed 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. Under weekly themes, the participants looked into such topics as:

  • Global health security
  • Climate change and security
  • The nexus between transnational organised crime and terrorism
  • Cybersecurity
  • Artificial intelligence and distributed ledger technology
  • Legal interactions within the future security landscape
  • The youth, peace and security agenda and the new peace operations intelligence framework
  • The role of cities in global governance
  • Case studies on regionalism, including the African Union and minilateralism in Europe

A series of skills lab throughout the course enhanced their skill-set to respond to such issues. These included sessions on crisis management, strategic foresight, strategic communication, negotiation, and dedicated modules on leadership.

The 20th edition of the NISC will take place from 6 May to 28 June 2019 in Geneva.