SCSDS OVERVIEW
The Albanian Armed Forces Academy is a higher education institution, accredited by the Albanian Quality Assurance Agency in Higher Education, in cooperation with the United Kingdom Quality Assurance Agency.

In September 2007 the Ministry of Defense and General Staff of the Albanian Armed Forces, in the framework of regional cooperation, decided to open for the first time the Senior Course on Security and Defense Studies (SCSDS). As a positive trend of cooperation this course was conducted in English welcoming participation from regional countries and beyond.

Since 1st November 2012 Senior Course on Security and Defense Studies (SCSDS) is a NATO LISTED Course, based on Bi-SC D 75-7 (NATO Education and Individual Training Directive), May 2009 with Amendment July 2010.

This course is conducted at the Albanian Armed Forces Academy in Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) for a period of three months for experienced military officers and civilians on issues related to regional and international security and cooperation.

The intent of the course is not only to broaden the intellectual capacities of participants, but it also ensured a healthy environment and continuity of such cooperation and common understanding throughout the region.
It is necessary for the region to make effective contribution meeting today’s common security challenges. The SCSDS will promote values and principles with regard to friendship, cooperation, and regional based efforts to NATO – EU integration.
With the spirit of cooperation and common-understanding, in order to promote the values of membership into the Alliance and further encourage the spirit of joint regional focused projects, Albanian Ministry of Defense will open on 10 September till 07 December 2018, the Tenth Senior Course on Security and Defense Studies as part of the Albanian Armed Forces Academy in Tirana. The philosophy of the course is based on experiences gained during the previous courses and it will continue to maintain its ‘regional flavor”.

Whiles the course will be conducted in English with intention to train selected colonels / civilian equivalents on three basic learning areas: 1) share experience among regional countries on common issues related to security and defense; 2) explore ways of joint approaches to regional development and prosperity, and; 3) promoting the regional efforts in support of Euro Atlantic integration. The participants of SCSDS in years have been from countries as indicated below:

2007 - 1st SCSDS: Albania, Italy, Kosova, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Montenegro.

2008 - 2nd SCSDS: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Italy, Kosova, and Montenegro.

2010 - 3rd SCSDS: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Italy, Kosova, Serbia and Turkey.

2012 - 4th SCSDS: Albania, Croatia, Greece, Georgia, and Kosova.

2013 - 5th SCSDS: Albania, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia , Greece, Kosova, Romania, and Turkey.

2014 – 6th SCSDS: Albania, Greece, Kosova, Montenegro and Turkey.

2015 – 7th SCSDS: Albania, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosova and Turkey.

2016 – 8th SCSDS: Albania, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosova and Romania.

2017 – 9th SCSDS: Albania, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosova, Romania, Turkey and United Kingdom.

                                                                                                                                         1.1 Mission:
To develop a common understanding of contemporary regional and collective security and defense issues as a means of promoting integration into NATO and EU security structures and policies.

                                                                                                                                            1.2 Aim:
The aim of the SCSDS is to educate militaries and civilian officials from Albania, the Balkan region, NATO allies and partners, for executive responsibilities at the strategic level. It will enable comprehension of the multifaceted actions necessary for the accomplishment of national and Allied strategic objectives, within an uncertain international environment. It will produce creative, proactive and agile commanders, policymakers and managers, capable of making sound, decision and future-oriented strategic decisions. It will also explore the relationship among the armed forces, government’s agencies in the global environment, and trends for shaping national security policy and strategy.

                                                                                                                               1.3 Learning outcomes:
The provision of education through the SCSDS is organized around seven key learning outcomes. By the end of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Create written documents and oral presentations to facilitate communication at the strategic level.
2. Formulate high strategy.
3. Develop and understanding of contemporary and defense concepts.
4. Evaluate the impact of globalization and of international economic issues and institutions on national security policy and strategy.
5. Assess the geopolitical situation in the Balkan region and beyond.
6. Appraise security and defense institutions and collaborative approaches to democratic control of the armed forces and civil-military relations.
7. Examine regional cooperation on common security challenges and defense issues.

                                                                                                                                 1.4 General information.
a. Name of the course:
Senior Course on Security and Defense Studies (10th SCSDS 2018)
b. Level of the course:
Post Graduate Advanced Studies
c. Type of accreditation:
NATO Listed Course
d. Course length:
The Course is 13 weeks long, with a working week from Monday through Friday.

The Senior Course on Security and Defense Studies - 2018 goal is to:
• Build confidence and further improve the positive climate of civilian military cooperation among regional countries, through common education programs.
• Promote cooperation among regional countries and initiatives, principles of peace and security as values to the integration process into NATO & EU.
• Provide an opportunity to explore the methods of learning & working together, bringing the experiences of different cultures and professional backgrounds of future leaders in the region.

The course is tailored to meet the requirements of the region countries. The program provides studies in security & defense policy and international relations, promoting a common understanding of education and training techniques in accordance with NATO oriented education and training methods (based on Bi-SC D 75-7, NATO Education and Individual Training Directive, May 2009 with Amendment July 2010).