The Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs will organise an introductory training on Security Sector Reform. The SSR training will take place in Bratislava, Slovakia from 8-9 June 2017. It will be carried out in collaboration with the International Security Sector Advisory Team of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF/ ISSAT).The course aims to build both SSR knowledge and skills. Through an interactive and practical training approach, this course will help participants to:
- Better understand the concept and evolution of SSR, including actors, concepts and principles;
- Understand the political nature of SSR and the challenges faced when 'supporting' SSR processes in conflict affected or fragile states;
- Develop the basic skills required to undertake SSR programming; and
- Use concrete cases to build on lessons learned and apply concepts to practice.
This is a closed training, therefore NO APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED.
I have previously worked as a Governance Advisor for the European Union Delegation in Lesotho. Within my portfolio I was responsible for political relations, human rights and public diplomacy. Additionally, I was also project manager for the Strengthening the Lesotho Justice Sector project, Integrated Financial Management and Information System project, Capacity Building in Economic Planning Phase II project and Technical Cooperation Facility project.
I have also worked as an Advisor to the Slovenian Permanent Representation to the UN in NY during their Presidency of the European Union. In this function, I was responsible for issues related to peacebuilding, security sector reform, non-proliferation, and anti-terrorism. In this regard, most of my work centered around the issues that were debated at the UN Security Council and UN Peacebuilding Commission.
Lastly, I have also held internships at the Slovak Permanent Representation at the UN during their respective tenure on the UN Security Council - where I covered issues related to peacebuilding and security sector reform - and in NATO, where I worked on public diplomacy.
I hold a M.Litt in International Security from the University of St Andrews and a Honours BsC in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario.
Dennis Blease joined the Centre for Security Sector Management in 2008 having retired from the British Army as a Brigadier. During his time in service he spent a total of 9 years working with NATO. As Commander of NATO’s mission in the Republic of Macedonia, he advised the Government on post-conflict reconstruction programmes and SSR, as well as Whole of Government Approaches to transformation. This role was expanded to the regional level when he was appointed NATO’s lead on SSR matters for the Western Balkans. He worked closely with the governments of the region, in particular with Ministers of Defence, and their ministries and general staffs. As part of this work he was also appointed to be Military Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for the Future Status of Kosovo, President Ahtisaari, and contributed to the security sections of the 2007 UN-sponsored Comprehensive Proposals for Kosovo.
Since joining CSSM he has lectured on SSR and NATO at a number of universities and security institutes throughout Europe, as well as in Palestine and Ethiopia. He was the lead facilitator for the UK’s Stabilisation Unit training courses in London for 18 months and he provided SSR support to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Palestine. In 2011 he contributed to SSR training courses for the EU in Brussels and ISSAT in Slovakia.
Dennis is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a Member (by examination) of the City and Guilds Institute, a Member of the Institute of Directors, and a graduate of the Army Technical Staff Course at Shrivenham, the Australian Army Command and Staff College, Queenscliff, and Cranfield University.
He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Security Sector Management; a member of the International Advisory Board of Analytica, a Balkans-based think-tank; a member of the PfP Consortium working group on ‘Regional Stability in South-East Europe’; a member of the International Working Group on National Security (IWGNS), which is currently chaired by CSSM; a member of the editorial board of the Slovenian-based journal ‘European Perspectives’ that focuses on the Western Balkans; and on the International Advisory Board of CSSM’s MSc in Security Sector Management.
He is currently undertaking research into NATO’s role in SSR engagements as part of his PhD studies with Cranfield University.