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Distinguished Guest Speakers
Our practitioner courses feature a VIP Guest series where our Fellows can hear from global leaders. We had the honour of hosting leaders such as:
- * General David Petraeus (US Army-Ret. and former Director of the CIA)
- * Major-General Suzy Vares-Lum (Current President of the East-West Center)
- * Lord Stephen Green (Chairman, Asia House)
- * Mr Stuart Martin (CEO, Satellite Applications/The Catapult)
Our client – the United States Air Force – hired us to create a bespoke course for USAF Officers and Senior NCO’s based in the United Kingdom. The 36 USAF Fellows rated our ESS 21-1 course an average of 98.5/100 overall in terms of learning objectives and delivering excellence in teaching.
The course offered USAF personnel academic and practitioner-oriented perspectives on the European Area of Responsibility (AOR), with special emphasis on examining the current key challenges and opportunities in ‘home and away’ issues. OEX delivered on issues through a British and European lens. Through seminars, fellows utilised a range of analytical approaches to the study of European security studies.
The course was designed to challenge ESS 21-1 Fellows to grasp contemporary issues facing Britain and Europe and to individually and collectively interpret America’s role in the European AOR. Ultimately, the ESS 21-1 course objective is to provide fellows with an advanced understanding of the role of Britain and Europe in addressing global challenges for the future and to envision areas of partnership with the United States.
In addition to world-class lectures and seminars, OEX offers a “deep dive” on specific topics that are requested by our Fellows.
In 2021, our USAF Fellows requested a special course on Afghanistan. We brought in US Ambassador Khalilizhad’s team as well as the Afghan Ambassador to the UAE.
Our lively discussions took place two months before the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban in August 2021.