The GCSP, thanks to funding from the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport - International Relations Defence (DDPS, IR D), conducted very successfully the “9th Defence Attaché Orientation Module, Training Course in Diplomacy and Security Policy for Military Officers and Civil Servants Involved in International Relations” in the premises of the Royal Jordanian National Defense College in Amman from 8 to 12 November 2015.
It was attended by a wide and rich range of participants from the MENA but also from further abroad. In total there were 34 participants from 16 countries: Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, Kazakhstan, , Lebanon, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine and, also, Jordan as the host country (12 participants). Moreover, 10 participants from the War Program and the National Defense Program took part to the courses on a daily basis.
This orientation module was greatly appreciated by acting and future Defence Attachés as it provided a good overview of the multitude of activities such a position entails, as well as an opportunity to exchange views and experiences.
Many speakers brought new insight to the participants, amongst them H. E. Mr Hans-Peter Lenz, Ambassador of Switzerland to Jordan, H. E. Mr Shafaat Ullah Shah, Ambassador of Pakistan to Jordan, and H. E. Mr Mohamed Taisir Bani Yassin, Secretary General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate, Jordan.
Lead by Colonel Urs Amiet, Senior Programme Advisor, Regional Development Programme at the GCSP, the course reached all its aims, which were:
- to develop the skills and expertise of defence officials working in a multilateral environment (such as Defence Attachés) in the various aspects of international security;
- to provide them with practical training in national and international procedures as well as other areas relevant for their future work;
- to familiarize them with the work in a multilateral and multicultural setting.
The participants underlined the excellence of the module, the quality of the content, as well as the added value of contacts with participants from the region and beyond.