The COE CSW cooperates with various scientific and academic institutions such as the Munich Security Conference, the U.S. Naval War College, the Polish Naval Academy, the Bundeswehr University in München, the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) and the Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) in La Spezia.
Over the last five decades, the MSC has evolved into the central international platform for debating security policy issues. Each year in February more than 450 high-ranking decision makers from all over the world meet for discussions on current and future areas of conflict and challenges related to security policy. Attendees include heads of states and governments, ministers, top-level officials from international and non-governmental organisations, as well as high-ranking representatives from industry, media, and academia.
The conference in Munich is regularly accompanied by other high-level events on selected topics or regions; the results of which are published in the annual Munich Security Report. All activities are aimed at providing the best possible platform for an open exchange of opinions and ideas.
In 2017, the MSC was named the world’s best "Think Tank Conference" as a result of a comprehensive study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania.
The World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden, is a postgraduate maritime university founded in 1983 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.
The aim of WMU is to enhance the objectives and goals of the IMO and IMO member States around the world through education, research, and capacity building to ensure safe, secure, and efficient shipping on clean oceans. WMU is truly an organization by and for the international maritime community.
The University operates on the basis of a Charter adopted by the IMO Assembly, and is accountable to the IMO Secretary-General, Council and Assembly, and to an international Board of Governors composed of representatives of some 50 different governmental, industry, labour and educational bodies. It is an institution, which gives its students direct and extensive access to the most modern technologies and methods in marine transportation and administration used in the industrial world.
The Universität der Bundeswehr München, which has become an integral part of both the national and international research communities, reflects Humboldt’s ideal of a university that not only teaches but also conducts research.
As a campus-style university with excellent facilities, the University provides an ideal environment for fruitful research activities. Our university is unique in Germany in that it offers both university programs of study and programs of study at a College of Applied Sciences – with equal academic standards. As a result, it offers a broad spectrum of opportunities for scientific work and cooperation, ranging from basic research to application-related research and development projects.
Named after the Greek goddess of practical knowledge and wise counsel, the METIS pilot project addresses the strategically relevant issues of current and future international politics.
Located at the Universität der Bundeswehr München, it serves the closer integration between university research and political practice. The project combines the continuous and scientifically sound pursuit of long-term issues with problem-oriented and interdisciplinary consulting services for the Policy Department of the Federal Ministry of Defense.
In this way, METIS contributes to the strategic capability of German security policy and the German security discourse. The project team regularly presents long-term planned studies on future-relevant issues, writes short-term analyzes of topics that are currently in focus, organizes expert discussions and, if necessary, provides quickly accessible advice and expertise. In addition, METIS takes part in and coordinates the network "Strategy and Foresight", which meets regularly in the Federal Ministry of Defense in Berlin.
In 1991 the university was re-established as Viadrina European University. It currently comprises three faculties: Economics and Business Studies; Law; and Cultural Studies. A prime focus of the educational program is to attract students from throughout Europe in order to create a multinational student body. Currently about 40 percent of the students are foreigners (mostly Polish), a greater proportion than at other German universities.
Notable among the research institutions at Viadrina University is the Frankfurt Institute of Transformational Studies (FIT). The Institute is a substantial contributor to research on economies in transition.
The U.S. Naval War College (NWC or NAVWARCOL) is the staff college and "Home of Thought" for the United States Navy in Newport, Rhode Island. The NWC educates and develops leaders, supports defining the future Navy and associated roles and missions, supports combat readiness, and strengthens global maritime partnerships.
Polish Naval Academy (PNA) is a naval university of a settled position in the Polish higher educational system located in Gdynia. The mission of the PNA is to create conditions necessary to provide security for the Poland at sea through disseminating knowledge, condtucting research work, educating and developing midshipmen and civilian students, as well as perfecting professional military, and civilian workers, in the administration and maritime industry.
CMRE is NATO's knowledge repository for maritime S&T (Science & Technology), offering a trusted platform for NATO Nations and partners to work together and to share science and technology. CMRE provides a science and technology framework through which NATO realizes the benefits of ownership by enforcing the values of the Alliance while reducing risks, costs, and aligning national interests and ambitions. The intellectual capital thus generated has great value in creating operational advantage and equipping the future force