The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to NATO structures, policies and operations, as well as, an overview of the current issues facing the Alliance. The course is primarily designed for regular and reserve officers and civilian officials from NATO and Partner Countries who are assuming national or international responsibilities in the security field.

Students who complete this basic course will acquire the level of knowledge and understanding necessary to enable them to benefit more fully from the advanced NATO courses offered by the NATO Defense College.

Last update: November 2018 (rel. 8.1)


This new course provides insight into the most important issues related to EU CSDP, ranging from the historical developments that led to its creation and the relevant EU institutions and operations to the most important challenges currently confronting EU CSDP.

Last update: May 2017

The content provider is the NATO Defense College.