Nato-Russia Council

Military academic exchanges continue in Moscow

NATO-Russia Council Military Conference Moscow 2013 02Brigadier General Ivan Caruso responding to questions from the audience during the NATO-Russia Council military academic conference.

Military personnel from NATO-Russia Council nations held a three day conference at the Academy of the General Staff in Moscow, the highest military education institution in Russia. Between 22 and 24 October a series of lectures and discussions took place, with speakers from NATO’s military and civilian staff and the Russian General Staff lecturers and students.

The annual military academic conference provides the opportunity for NATO-Russia Council military personnel to discuss

NRC military and security cooperation and exchange views on a spectrum international security issues. The conference that took place last week is part of an annual programme of conferences taking place at the NATO Defense College in Rome and the Russian Academy of General Staff in Moscow.

NATO-Russia Council Military Conference Moscow 2013 01Military representatives from the NATO-Russia Councilm, along with Russian military lecturers and students of the Academy of the General Staff in Moscow, took part in open exchanges on NATO-Russia security topics.

Lecture topics included “NATO-Russia efforts on security in the Euro Atlantic area”, and “NATO-Russia Cooperation in countering emerging security challenges.” The conference was rounded off with a round table discussion. A question and answer session under ‘Chatham House rules’ allowed NATO and Russian military staff to exchange views in an open academic environment, which led to open and dynamic exchanges.

Colonel Schwarz, Chief of NATO International Military Staff’s Special Partnership's branch attended the conference:

“These military academic exchanges have been taking place for a number of years and continue to prove their value, by allowing NRC nations, and particularly military academic personnel to share information and exchange views openly on some of the most important security topics facing us today.”