Democratic Security Online Certificate Program

Democratic Security Institute is announcing the Spring-Summer 2024 Intake for the Democratic Security Online Certificate Program!

Deadline for submissions: March 25, 2024

Elevate your professional journey with our immersive and comprehensive online program, meticulously crafted by the esteemed Democratic Security Institute in Tbilisi, Georgia

About the program

Prepare for an enriching experience designed for professionals aiming to master the intricacies of democratic security. Our program, led by industry experts, offers a robust curriculum blending academic depth with practical relevance, ensuring participants are equipped with the tools and insights needed to navigate complex security challenges effectively.

Module 1: Delve into the foundational theories of security studies and explore the nuanced landscape of democratic security. Under the expert guidance of Dr. Maryna Vorotnyuk, participants will engage in rigorous academic inquiry, laying a solid groundwork for strategic analysis and leadership in the field.

Module 2: Transition theory into practice as you refine your skills in policy development and strategic analysis. Led by Alexander Jamie Scrivener, this module offers hands-on experience in crafting actionable strategies, preparing participants to tackle real-world security issues with confidence and precision.

Module 3: Navigate the dynamic geopolitical landscape of Eurasia through the lens of democratic security. Under the mentorship of Ambassador Dr. Natalie Sabanadze, participants will engage in in-depth discussions and analysis of current events, honing their critical thinking and analytical skills.

Program Details:

  • Duration: April 8 to July 31, 2024
  • Format: Weekly online lectures, seminars, and interactive discussions
  • Certification: Upon successful completion, participants will receive a prestigious online certificate, validating their mastery of democratic security principles.

How to Apply:

Ready to take your career to new heights? Submit your application by March 25, 2024 using the following online tool:

* No email submissions are accepted

Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge, sharpen your skills, and position yourself as a leader in the realm of democratic security.

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Join us on this transformative journey of professional growth and academic excellence. Apply now and unlock your potential to shape the future of democratic security!

The funding for the certificate program is provided by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) under the grant program to Democratic Security Institute.

About the Trainers

Dr. Maryna Vorotnyuk

Maryna Vorotnyuk is a senior fellow at DSI working on the Eurasia Democratic Security Network (EDSN) project and teaches DSI’s certificate course in democratic security. Her analytical work focuses on security developments in the Black Sea region, Russian, Ukrainian and Turkish foreign policies, and the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Alongside her work for DSI, Dr Maryna Vorotnyuk is an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) in London. She has also worked at Central European University in Budapest, Comenius University in Bratislava and was affiliated with the National Institute for Strategic Studies in Ukraine and Mechnikov Odesa National University. Maryna is the recipient of a number of fellowships and prizes including the Black Sea Young Reformers Fellowship (2012), EU Eastern Partnership Civil Society Fellowship (2016) and German Marshall Fund Policy Designers Network fellowship (2019).

Alexander Jamie Scrivener

Alex Scrivener is the executive director at DSI and a founding member of the organisation. Based in Tbilisi, Alex is responsible for the management and organisational strategy of the organisation. A previous fellowship recipient of the Eurasia Democratic Security Network (EDSN), Alex is a long-time analyst of the region, with a special focus on the Caucasus. Alex has worked for a variety of international, civil society and media organisations in Europe and the region including the BBC, the International Criminal Court, Global Justice Now and the Transnational Institute. His articles have been published in a variety of media including the Guardian, the Independent and Open Democracy.

Dr. Natalie Sabanadze

Ambassador Natalie Sabanadze is a Senior Research Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House. She has been a Cyrus Vance Visiting Professor in International Relations at Mount Holyoke College between 2021–23. Prior to this, she served as head of the Georgian mission to the EU and ambassador plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Belgium and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg since 2013. From 2005–13, she worked as a senior official at the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities in The Hague, where she held several positions including head of Central and South East Europe section and later, head of the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia section. She holds an MSc in International Relations from London School of Economics and D.Phil in Politics and International Relations from Oxford University. Natalie Sabanadze has published and lectured extensively on post-communist transition, nationalism and ethnic conflict, Russian foreign policy, and the EU in the world.