The NISA Summer Session will be held on June 29- 5 July, 2009 in Baku, Azerbaijan. June 28 and July 5 are the dates of arrival and departure. Participants will be accommodated in the Crescent Beach Hotel & Leisure Resort (Address: Crescent Beach Hotel, Salyan Highway Shikh Settlement Baku, Azerbaijan; Category: 4*; Tel: +994 (12) 497 4777; E-MAIL: email@example.com) where the Session will take place. Participants will have an opportunity of tour programs in Baku and surroundings.
July, 2003- NATO Summer School “ Leaders of the 21st century”;
July, 2004- NATO Summer School on “ Changing NATO in the changing World”;
June, 2005 - NATO International School of Azerbaijan (NISA) Summer Session on “The Concept of Three Seas- Caspian, Black and Mediterranean”;
December, 2005-Jan 2006- NISA Winter Session on “Energy security in the Euro-Atlantic area”;
July ,2006-NISA Summer Session on “Perspectives of Euro-Atlantic integration in the region of Three Seas”;
December, 2006 - NISA Winter session on “Enhancing the security in the area of Three Seas: how to build a comprehensive approach”
7. July, 2007 -NISA Summer session on “Energy Security and Critical Infrastructure
Protection in the Euro-Atlantic Area”;
8. December, 2007- NISA Winter Session on “Peace operations in the Euro-Atlantic area:
Challenges and perspectives”
9. June, 2008- NISA Summer Session on “Crisis Management”
10. January, 2009- NISA Winter Session on “New Warfare and Modern Conflicts”
Concept of the event
Maritime supremacy has constantly been vital to states’ well-being, and with today’s globalized, interrelated and mutually dependent economies, security of the seas has never been more significant. Economics and national trade strategy have been crucial aspects that shaped past maritime strategies. Peripheral challenges to these strategies have contributed to recurring armed conflict between nations. Maritime dominance, properly exercised, is key in order to ensure international security, and as a result, political and economic stability.
There has always been a dominant maritime power. Traveling back into the thirteenth century B.C; Phoenician mariners controlled trade and extended their civilization all the way through the central and eastern coasts of Mediterranean, which was followed by Greeks in the fifth century B.C. In more modern times, Spain, Holland, France and England each had periods of domination at sea, leading to domestic social and economic security. The American era of supreme sea power began in the early twentieth century after the decline of British sea power left a void that was filled by United States. The seas continue to play a fundamental role in the vibrant and uncertain situations of the modern world, and offer an exceptional potential to match the pace and to reflect the tone of diplomatic activity.
A great number of countries continue to rely on unrestricted use of the sea for their security, prosperity and well being. Sea-based operations diminish the political obstacles and military risks of deploying forces for extensive periods on land, at the same time as enabling the progress of the base of operations across 75% of the earth’s facade. In the global war on terror, international concentration has mainly been focused on terrestrial operations, but the sea remains a fertile ground for attack.
Herein, in order to turn the asymmetry in favor of world security NATO as an alliance composed of nations with extended coastlines, naval traditions, large maritime capabilities, and wide-ranging trading interests is having a strong interest in enhancing its role to allied and international maritime security. The Alliance is looking for ways to improve practical co-operation at all levels with Partners, and further appropriate organizations in the planning and conduct of ongoing and future discussions. This takes into account emerging lessons learned, and considers flexible options for the adjustment of NATO military and political planning procedures with a view to enhancing civil-military interface.
In this point the NATO International School of Azerbaijan (NISA) is proving to be the meeting ground for participants from different parts of the world. NISA- as an organization aiming to create effective public awareness and launching debate about the Euro- Atlantic security understanding is going to concentrate upon maritime security with the participation of nationals of NATO member states, Partnership for Peace countries, Mediterranean Dialogue and Istanbul Cooperation Initiative countries as they will work together to discuss and improve maritime security concepts and changing international environment and the role of maritime safety measures.
Issues to be discussed
Realities of today and where are we heading to? A summary of today's security situation
Vibrant challenges we now face in ensuring global maritime security
Opportunities to improve maritime security
Developing interdepartmental co-ordination and co-operation
International Security Update: Piracy & Criminal Activities- Anticipation and Protection
Maritime Security in crucial Waterways
Evolution- An Article 5 deployment
Contribution of Turkey to Maritime Security Environment and OAE
The Maritime Security from the perspective of the International Law of the Sea
Maritime Confidence Building Measures
Black Sea- a New league in Global Maritime Security
Information, Interaction and Communication measures
Verification and Observation Facilitation measures.
Black Sea Naval Co-operation Task Group- BLACKSEAFOR Initiative
Operation Black Sea Harmony
Cooperation and Coordination - Among Black Sea littorals in the field of Maritime domain.
Managing the Security in a Closed Sea
Dialog and Surveillance: Two Complementary Aspects of Maritime Security
Towards a common view for Maritime Security Operations
Partnership and Cooperation with Non-military Agencies
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and Relation between the Border Countries
The Legal Status of the Caspian Sea
Borderland water basins
Organizer and Partners
NISA is non-governmental organization that functions as research, education and information centre on Euro-Atlantic security and integration course. It has been officially registered in January 2007. The Government of Azerbaijan is ready, as it was in the past to meet the expenses of NISA. Due to the role NISA plays in the further promotion of Euro-Atlantic values and ideas, it would naturally rightful to expect further assistance by NATO and other partners.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan has always welcomed all projects serving to enhancement of public understanding and knowledge about NATO and Euro-Atlantic security issues. Ministry sees all these activities as solid contribution of civil society to developing Azerbaijan-NATO cooperation within the IPAP. That is the reason MFA has been supporting by all means the holding of the NISA sessions.
Public Diplomacy Division of NATO has rendered support for initiatives launched by the Azerbaijani NGOs, including NISA. There is a strong belief that PDD assistance to this summer session will be a valuable contribution to the developing Azerbaijan-NATO cooperation, including IPAP goals and objectives.
Methodology / Structure
NISA Summer Session will be rich in program with plenary sessions, working groups, practical site visits, round table and simulation game. Participants will be able to raise critical questions related to themes of the session during the meetings with invited experts and key governmental officials. The social program, including the intercultural evening will be the unforgettable part of the program. Participants are kindly asked to contribute to this evening with their traditional clothes, music, dances, drinks and sweets.
Participants can be young politicians, researchers, NGO, Government or Mass Media representatives and academicians working on security and related issues.
Participants should be fluent in English, under the age of 35 and Nationals of NATO member states, Partnership for Peace countries, Mediterranean Dialogue and Istanbul Cooperation Initiative countries.
Please note that you can participate only once in NISA Sessions.
NISA will provide scholarships to cover the expenses related to the local transportation, accommodation, meals as well as the social program during the event dates. Limited funds are also available to provide reimbursement of the travel expenses up to 60% of some qualified participants (provided that it does not exceed 300 USD for Eastern European, 400 USD for the Western European participants and 500 USD for the participants coming from the US and other parts of the world)
There is no participation fee. Financial assistance requests for travel expenses will be considered individually. The request for the most economic travel expenses subsidization should be sent to NISA before the deadline by indicating the details of transportation reservation and price.
Application must include the application form, detailed CV and 1 page long paper on “Maritime Security”. The paper must reflect applicant's own writing and original thinking and be sent to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line NAME SURNAME/ COUNTRY/ NISA SS, as appropriate. Incomplete applications (missing photo, incomplete application form, missing essay, CV) will not be accepted for selection. The deadline for the application submission is May 28, 2009. Only short listed local candidates and selected foreign participants will be notified by e-mail on May 30, 2009