Winter Course 2013, Ankara: Challenges in Security

Between 28 January and 8 February 2013, CESS, together with TOBB University of Economy and Technology, in close cooperation with the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, organized a Winter Course entitled "Challenges in Security: Trends, Lessons and Developments" in Ankara. The Winter Course brought together students from various universities in Turkey and abroad, among which: TOBB-ETÜ, Hacettepe, METU and Ba?kent.

During the highly intensive two-week program, a variety of subjects related to Security Studies were addressed. The first week brought four professors from the International Relations Department of the University of Groningen to Ankara. Professor Jaap de Wilde lectured extensively on securitization theory and the Copenhagen School. Professor Andrej Zwitter addressed the issues of International Humanitarian Intervention and Reconstruction and the paradoxes and lessons (not) learned in the past. Subsequently, Dr Margriet Drent lectured on Strategic Culture, the European Common Security and Defence Policy, and the relations between Turkey, the EU and the role of NATO. At the closing of the week, Dr Sami Faltas lectured on Civil-Military Cooperation and ‘the Whole-of-Government Approach’, for which he used integrated border management as a case study. 

During the second week, as a follow-up to the CESS ‘Training of Trainers’ programme in December 2012, Assistant Professors of TOBB-ETÜ and other institutions gave lectures on issues of Good Governance in the Security Sector, while using the curriculum and training modules of CESS. Associates/experts Bauke Snoep and Peter Vanhoutte were present to provide feedback and didactical advice. Subjects such as Strengthening Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector, Financial Integrity and Corruption in the Ministry of Defence and Defence Policy Documents were addressed. Finally, at the end of the Winter Course, the students had the opportunity to experience parliamentary oversight of the security sector ‘in real life’, during the CESS-role play exercise “Purchasing Uniforms in Croania”. 

Next to the success of the Winter Course itself, the visit of the team of Professors from the University of Groningen to Ankara has provided a platform for the staff of both universities to exchange thoughts on curriculum development, and moreover, to share ideas about creating a joint MA-programme on issues of energy and security by the University of Groningen and TOBB-ETÜ.

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