Third edition of the NDC Research Division Early-Career Nuclear Strategists Workshop (ECNSW)
On July 7th and 8th, the Research Division of the NATO Defense College held the third edition, this year fully online, of its Early-Career Nuclear Strategists Workshop (ECNSW).
Organized in cooperation with NATO HQ Nuclear Policy Directorate, the workshop saw the participation of leading scholars from different corners of the Alliance who illustrated the principles, logic and dynamics underlying nuclear deterrence, arms control, nuclear proliferation as well as NATO nuclear posture and strategy.
Day 2 focused on Strategic Communications; Course Members were briefed by Ambassador Baiba Braže, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, during her official visit to the NDC. Preceded by a preparatory discussion, Day 3 kicked off with an enriching lecture on Strategic Thinking by NDC Dean, Dr Stephen J. Mariano, followed by the usual Q&A and Committee Discussion. Day 4 was devoted to Space, with lectures provided by Prof. David Burbach, from the US Naval War College; and LTC Stephanie Vrac, Chairperson of the NATO Bi strategic command Space Working Group. On the final day of the Course, Prof. Theresa Sabonis-Helf, from the National War College in Washington; and Dr Gonzalo Escribano, Head of the Energy and Climate Programme at the Elcano Royal Institute, discussed Energy Security.
Beside this educational component, the workshop also entailed a research part where early-career scholars from leading universities and research centers presented their work. Non-presenting participants from NATO Allies' Ministries of Defense and Ministries of Foreign affairs, from NATO HQ and NATO ACT, as well from other international organizations and universities attended the workshop.