Senior Leaders’ Course 2018

From 28th of November to 5th of December, the Baltic Defence College is conducting its fourth Senior Leaders’ Course (SLC). This year, the course takes place in Vilnius, Lithuania. SLC 2018 has 23 participants from 12 countries.

Photos by Mr Alfredas Pliadis

The topic of SLC 2018 is ‘Back to the Nuclear Age?’. The SLC consists of a series of panels and lectures revolving around the overarching theme. The sessions will address the main nuclear powers’ doctrines and postures; regional issues; as well as the concepts and realities of deterrence, reassurance and credibility that lie at the heart of nuclear policies.

SLC 2018 kick-started with an address from the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Linas Linkevičius. The introductory panel with Mr Etienne de Durand, Deputy for Strategic Foresight and Counter-Proliferation at the Directorate-General for International and Strategic Relations at the French MoD; and Dr. Jeffrey Michaels, Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies, King’s College London provided a historical overview of conventional and nuclear deterrence.


A week long Senior Leaders’ Course is designed for flag officers and senior officials from the armed forces and government institutions of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, their allies and partners.


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