Russian students visit SHAPE for insight on ACO operations
MONS, Belgium - Twenty-four students from
universities across Russia and one from the University of Tartu in Estonia, visited
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe yesterday.
The visiting group was comprised of essay
competition laureates and students from a university summer course.
The competition was organised by the Information
Center for International Security Volgograd and the essays were titled "Crisis
of the European security system: potential for cooperation or risk of
The other participants recently attended the
Centre of International and Regional Policy Summer School in St. Petersburg.
"This was a
terrific opportunity for all of us to exchange views and share perspectives,"
said Mr. Mark Laity, the Strategic
Communications Advisor to SACEUR. "The group were impressive individuals,
well-informed, keen to find out more, and they asked tough but fair questions.
I think visits like this benefit us all."
Previously, the students visited NATO HQ in
Brussels for discussions at the political level on NATO-Russia Relations,
current operations, digital outreach and security challenges.
SHAPE briefings focused on military operations
and activities such as NATO's efforts in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Allied Command
Operation perspective on NATO-Russia relations.
The visit ended with an open panel discussion with several senior
officers from various SHAPE divisions.
SHAPE hosts hundreds of tours each year for military and civilian
guests from various worldwide organisations. For more information, on the SHAPE
tours program visit www.shape.nato.int
Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office