CSTO Academy. The second day. At the Civil Defence Academy (CDA) EMERCOM of Russia

26 June 2015

On June 26, the 4th CSTO Academy continued its work in Moscow and Odintsovo. Participants of the traditional research and educational program, launched by the Gorchakov Fund, left for Novogorsk in Greater Moscow Area in the morning – to visit the Civil Defence Academy (CDA) of the Emergency Control Ministry of Russia.

Provost of the Academy Sergey Shchukarev told about the history of the filed-specific school, which is a parent body to CSTO charged with training professionals for several foreign countries.

Deputy Minister for Emergency Control Sergey Lyakhov surprised everyone with his visit.  In his presence and in front of all the guests of the Civil Defence Academy, coordinator of CSTO Analytical Association Professor Igor Panarin handed a unique framed document to Head of the Civil Defence Academy Pavel Baryshev: a certificate confirming the Academy’s membership in the CSTO University League.

This area of public diplomacy within the framework of Collective Security Treaty Organization was much discussed the day before – during the first day of the working program. Young diplomats were able to apply theoretical knowledge on practice during an unexpected meeting with cadets and officers undergoing training there. Representatives of several countries, who had come to attend classes at the CSTO Academy, found themselves surrounded by their fellow countrymen and shared their impressions about a study process at both the academies.

Hospitable hosts arranged an extremely interesting tour – they showed modern study labs and an impressive sports center, and demonstrated special skills acquisition equipment, designed to train lifeguards, firemen and divers. 

The participants of the CSTO Academy tried to tie sophisticated knots, were introduced to a simulator, which creates emergency environment to the fullest extent, and were able to observe how comfortable the cadets’ routine was.

The second half of the working day was devoted to a panel discussion “Security threats to states-members of CSTO”. 

The tone for the discussion was set by well-known experts: Rostislav Ishchenko (President of the Center for Systematic Analysis and Forecasting), Tatul Akopyan (journalist, coordinator of ANI Armenian Research Center) and Sergey Masaulov (Head of the Kyrgyz Center for Prospective Studies). Political observer, member of the Gorchakov Fund’s Club of Friends Ayk Khalatyan also shared his opinion regarding current challenges in the field of security.

The program of the day was completed by group work. The participants discussed prospects for cooperation in the line of CSTO-EEU, CSTO-SCO and CSTO-NATO.