International Week in Kyiv
NATO's support for Senior military education in Ukraine was initiated on 28 January 2000, when Mr Kuzmuk, the Ukrainian Defence Minister, met the then NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, and they agreed to run an international course in Kyiv. The first “International Week” was held on 12-16 February 2001, at what was at that time called the Ukrainian National Defence Academy.
The formal aims of the International Week are:
* to improve knowledge of NATO, its organization and working methods;
* to discuss the challenges facing the Atlantic Alliance and its partners in today’s security environment;
* to address some key current issues in the field of international security; and
* to demonstrate the importance of a strong partnership between Ukraine and NATO.
The 16th annual International Kyiv Week, jointly organized by the NATO Defense College (NDC) and the Ukrainian National Defence University (UNDU), with support from NATO School Oberammergau (NSO), ran from Monday 18 to 22 April 2016. The main theme was “NATO’s Adaptation to Contemporary and Future Security Challenges”.
The Minister of National Defence of Lithuania, H.E. Juozas Olekas, gave the keynote address and was followed by the Head of the NDC’s Research Division, Dr Jeffrey A. Larsen (USA C), who addressed NATO’s current priorities and future evolution. NDC Faculty Adviser, Captain Richard Payne (GBR N), then examined the future NATO’s operational framework.
In his closing keynote address, the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee (CMC), General Petr Pavel (CZE A), emphasized the importance of Ukraine to NATO. The 16th Week ended with a speech by Commandant of the NDC, Major General Janusz Bojarski (POL F).
Lectures delivered by a select group of speakers from the NDC, the NSO, the NATO Center of Excellence, the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine and the U.K.’s Chatham House covered a variety of topics including “NATO’s Role in Counter-Terrorism”; “The Comprehensive Strategic Communications Strategy in Today’s Security Environment”; “The Western View of Russia since the End of the Cold War”; “Legal Aspects of Asymmetry and Hybrid Warfare” ;“NATO Operations Planning” and “NATO’s Operational Logistics and Related Challenges”.
The 17th iteration will take place at UNDU in Kyiv from 24 to 28 April 2017.