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This Year's NISC Adds 22 New Alumni to the GCSP

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

This year's NISC - the GCSP's 17th edition of the course - described the evolution of security issues with a special focus on human security, transnational global threats, and regional security challenges. The NISC continues to focus on new and emerging security challenges highlighting new flashpoints in geopolitics, the ongoing challenges facing political transitions and a number of new and growing security threats including; violent extremism, urban security and cyber security.

During the course participants are also exposed to skills enhancement opportunities including: designing a national cyber defence strategy, foresight training, media training, leadership and gender training, intelligence training and results-based methods and systems thinking for peacekeeping and peacebuilding. Participants from across the globe became aware of the interlinkages and relationships among emerging issues and, more importantly, are exposed to where the international community is currently situated with regard to answers, thus opening the door to future possible solutions.

The course began on 25 April and came to a close on the 17 June. The course is renowned for its diversity in attracting participants from 20 different countries representing various Ministries including Agriculture, Justice, and Interior. This year the NISC attracted policymakers who are either leading national security councils or are in charge of designing white papers and national security policy doctrine. This year, the NISC also attracted many trainers from the Philippines, Germany and Ghana, with two participants coming from the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC). This 'train the trainer' strategy helps to build longer and more meaningful impact for future global security and stability.

The ceremony included remarks by GCSP Director Ambassador Christian Dussey and Course Director Christina Schori Liang, as well as statements by course spokespersons Evelyn Avoxe of Ghana and Soufiane El Hamdi of Morocco.

Mr El Hamdi said of the course:

"The NISC is an opportunity that can transform your professional career. It's an opportunity to increase your knowledge and it opens new doors. The duration of the course is limited but success in terms of impact is unlimited. I felt transformed after being a participant of the NISC because I learned how to see weaknesses as strengths and challenges as opportunities."

We wish the graduates of the 17th NISC 2016 continued success in their future endeavours, and look forward to our continued relationship with them through the GCSP Alumni Network and events.