SHAPE's Military Partnership Directorate hosts seminar with senior Afghan participants
Afghanistan military and civilian personnel attend the Afghanistan Executive Senior Leader’s Seminar at the SHAPE Military Partnerships Directorate. The seminar, part of the NATO-Afghanistan Defence Education Enhancement Programme, ran from October 15 to 19 and serves to promote professional development and leadership training. (NATO photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brett Dodge)
MONS, Belgium – SHAPE’s
Military Partnership Directorate held the 2018 Executive Senior Leaders’
Seminar (ESLS), "Shoulder to Shoulder,” at the headquarters from October 15 –
18, 2018 for senior Afghan representatives.
This is the fifth time the seminar has been held with
this year’s focus on a continual journey in the cultivation of a contemporary,
responsive, and responsible Afghan strategic culture through the medium of
senior executive professional education.
The 12 Afghan participants represented the Afghan
Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Afghan
National Directorate of Security, Office of the President of Afghanistan and
the National Security Council.
The group was briefed by Professor Harry Tomlin from
the US War College and Dr. Stan Anton from the Romanian Defence University as
academic lead. They were supported by Brigadier General Greg Smith, SHAPE
ACOS J5 and Wing Commander Peter Clarke, SHAPE STRATCOM. The speakers
created a forum for deep discussions and a productive information exchange to
understand and adopt the theses "National security is a team sport.”
"If leaders in democratic societies want to think and
act strategically, efficiently, and effectively in the complex contemporary
environment then it is imperative for them understand and integrate all
instruments of national power and all instrumentalities of the Government of
the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Leaders set the direction and the example.
They set the policy and the expectations. They develop their subordinates. They
bring external organizations, capabilities and capacities to bear. They bring
experience, maturity, and wisdom. Leaders lead, and that is why it is critical
to invest in the strategic education and professional development of serving
and emerging leaders across the national defence and security community,”
stated Professional Tomlin.
Following their visit to SHAPE, the participants went
to NATO Headquarters in Brussels to meet with high ranking representatives from
the International Staff and International Military Staff before returning to
Story by SHAPE Military Partnership Directorate