Today, 17th April 2013, the Third Module of the European Security and Defence College’s High Level Course – hosted by the Baltic Defence College and the British Joint Services Command and Staff College – entered its third day. In the morning, the course’s participants were briefed by Mr. Thorsten Bargfrede, Administrator of the Crisis Management and Planning Directorate at the European External Action Service, on the European Union’s counter piracy initiatives. They were also engaged by Capt. Yvan Goalou, of the French Navy, about the EUNAVFOR counter piracy operation off the coast of Somalia.
Later, in the afternoon, Ms. Eva Frech, from the Crisis Management and Planning Directorate at the European External Action Service, lectured on the impact of gender and human rights on European Union missions and operations. The participants then moved into their syndicates to discuss how Europeans might engage more effectively with the geopolitically significant Sahel region.
Equally, yesterday, the students on the course visited the Estonian Ministry of Defence in Tallinn to hear briefings on Estonia’s contribution to European security and cyber security.
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