PH and Germany Hold 1st Staff Talks

Following the 2013 defense consultations held in the Philippines, the DND and Germany’s Ministry of Defense held their 1st Staff Talks in Berlin on June 25-26 where they exchanged notes on recent developments in the Asia-Pacific Region and Europe, respectively. Both sides acknowledged that contrary to the previously held view that the world would be more peaceful with the end of the Cold War in the early 1990s, security issues that range from non-traditional to traditional ones have made the global strategic context more complicated. 

The Philippines stressed that while the Asia-Pacific and Europe are different regions, one could learn how the other deals with security issues to include territorial disputes, and climate change and natural disasters that occur within each other’s geographic scope. There are also issues that cut across regional boundaries, with natural disasters being a primary example. It is on this premise where the Philippines shared its views on developments in Southeast and Northeast Asia while Germany shared its assessment of developments in Europe and the Middle East.

The two sides likewise discussed specific measures to promote PH-Germany defense relations to include education and training packages for AFP officers in Germany’s command and staff college, long-term cadet training program, and the possibility of German officers taking part in the Masters of National Security Administration (MNSA) offered by the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP).

A day prior to the talks, the DND delegation was given the opportunity to visit Germany’s Joint Operations Command which is in-charge of managing Berlin’s foreign deployments in either UN or NATO-sanctioned missions, which to date currently total to sixteen.