OSCE Border Management Staff College concludes its sixteenth Staff Course



Participants of the Staff Course present their group research findings on Science, Technology and Border Security in Dushanbe, 27 October 2016.

DUSHANBE, 28 October 2016 - The 16th Border Management Staff Course concluded at the OSCE Border Management Staff College in Dushanbe today.

Participants from Afghanistan, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Poland, Portugal, Tajikistan and Ukraine attended the one month course.

To date, 394 commanders and managers of captain to colonel rank, or civilian equivalent from the OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation have successfully completed the programme.

The Staff Course is one of the core offerings of the College. It is composed of seven overarching modules that reflect the OSCE’s comprehensive approach to effective border security and management. It also included a research component within which participants developed their research papers focusing on science, technology and border security; global human trafficking trends and issues; transnational threats; and countering terrorism financing.

“We all know that without fostering cooperative efforts and stimulating the intergovernmental information exchange it is difficult, if not impossible, to achieve tangible results in preventing or combating transnational threats to security that become increasingly global,” said Dita Nowicka, Director of the OSCE Border Management Staff College.

“By bringing together the border security and management professionals from various countries we take a step closer towards fostering and promoting international cooperation and information exchange among the countries from across the OSCE region,” she added.

A roundtable discussion on the Foreign Fighters Phenomenon organized in the framework of the Staff Course offered a platform for information exchange between researchers and practitioners working in the area of border security and management.

The participants also attended the workshop on Implementation of National Border Strategies that focused on the current state of the national border security and management strategies and action plans.