PASOS is seeking 10 Czech university students interested in political science and international relations, NATO and security policy, and diplomacy to participate in the NATO Winter Academy’s panels and debates March 10-14 in Prague.
The annual training seminar will be held at the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and is being held in coordination with Moscow-based Centre of European Security and NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division. Deadline to apply is February 14, 2014.
The NATO Winter Academy series began in 1999. Its objective is to inform the participants about different subjects connected with NATO, its evolution, its relationships with Eastern Europe and Russia. The goals of this year’s week-long event are:
- to explain NATO’s role in the formation of the European security system, the character and meaning of its interrelations with other European institutions, and especially the significance of the cooperation between the Russian Federation and NATO
- to provide information to the Russian public about the NATO-Russia Council, the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, and the participation of Russia and other countries in the “Partnership for Peace” Programme
- to explain the changes in the framework of the North Atlantic Alliance, how these changes influence the situation in Europe in the context of security, and provide information about the different North Atlantic Alliance bodies
- to promote better public understanding in Russia of the changes which already have happened and will continue to occur in NATO-Russia relations
- To contribute to the formation of civil society in Russia
In addition to the 10 Czech students being recruited by PASOS, at least 30 students from Russia and other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States will be attending the academy. The working language of the event is English.