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Engaging Women’s Leadership in Security and Defense Institution Building Workshop

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This workshop is part of an ongoing initiative of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC) and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).  Both institutions are the designated NATO Partnership for Peace (PfP) Training and Education Centers (PTCs) for their respective countries—the BiH PTC and the USPTC. For more than a year, the two institutions have been engaged in the development of a curriculum on “Engaging Women’s Leadership in Security and Defense Institution Building” with the delivery of the pilot course taking place in June of this year.

During this workshop, Dr. Maria-Dubravka Pineda, NPS Visiting Professor, presented a detailed outline of the topics and format of the proposed course including a distributed learning module and an in-residence and continuing education component.  In addition, she addressed the desired composition of the students as well as the necessary steps for an effective agency outreach to create awareness and a sustainable and committed student body and professional corps.  The workshop provided participants a progress update on the collaborative initiative and highlighted its strategic and operational importance to BiH and the region.   The achievements and updates of the regional institutions were also discussed.

Participants included Bosnian, regional, and international representatives relevant to security, defense, peacekeeping education and training.  Select attendees from the previous workshops held in 2010 were invited in order to continue to draw upon their experience and expertise; to build the body of knowledge related to this topic; and to strengthen the network of engaged members.

March 29–31, 2011

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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