Field Study Trip to Finland and Poland

Field Study Trip to Finland and Poland

On 1st – 7th March, the Higher Command Studies Course undertook its first Field Study Trip, forming part of the course’s academic module ‘Russia and the Baltic Neighbourhood’. The course visited Finland and Poland, two countries within the Baltic Neighbourhood, albeit one (Poland) a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the other (Finland) not.

The Baltic Defence College Commandant MG Vitalijus Vaikšnoras joined the HCSC Field Study trip to, Finland. The course visited government institutions in Helsinki and Warsaw, to receive presentations on Finnish and Polish foreign, security and defence policy.

In addition, the course also visited the Finnish National Defence University and the Finnish Institute for International Affairs in Helsinki, as well as the OSW - Centre for Eastern Studies and the National Centre for Strategic Studies in Warsaw.

The objective of the Higher Command Studies Course trip was to ascertain how two different countries view the geopolitical environment surrounding their respective homelands, particularly in light of the Russian annexation of Crimea in Ukraine.


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