Navigating Complex Security and Societal Challenges: The Increasing Demand for a Multi-Party Approach

There is pervasive acknowledgment of the need to practice a more coordinated and holistic approach to complex security and societal challenges, especially in fragile states. To this end, governmental and non-governmental agencies around the world have been investigating multi-party approaches, a new form of collective action which calls for the inclusion of actors and agencies beyond the agencies and institutions of government in addressing complex  security or societal challenges. Also known as the comprehensive approach this approach recognizes that the bounds of collective action often need to be extended beyond core federal stakeholders. The course will challenge organizational cultures to achieve greater levels of coordination and collaboration, thereby integrating as a whole, with a view to generating lasting solutions to the complex security and societal challenges that confront us today and tomorrow.

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  • Analyze complexity within the contemporary operating environment through the use of contemporary analytical frameworks.

  • Understand the historical context from which multi-party approaches emerged and relate to contemporary case studies.

  • Present the fundamentals of the multi-party approach inclusive of nation building within international and domestic environments and evaluate the importance of trust-building within this endeavor.

  • Apply the multi-party approaches to a complex societal challenges through the use of tools designed for multi-party approach leaders.

  • Discuss the importance and type of leadership required for successful employment of multi-party approaches.

  • Public servants, NGO staff, Military leaders and graduate students working with complex security challenges.

Dr. Michael Rostek is a 40 year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces.  He retired from the Regular Force in 2011 and continues to serve as a Reservist and has been recently appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Army Journal. He has held a number of military, academic and research leadership positions primarily in the defence and security fields of study. He teaches and advises on the theory and practice of strategic foresight and has extensive experience teaching in the classroom and on-line across a broad range of topics.  He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Ontario Tech University and maintains sessional faculty status at The Royal Military College of Canada and St Lawrence College.

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