Velina Tchakarova, AIES Director, participated in the third module of the Advanced Strategic Course on European Security and Defence in Paris, France. The Course was organised by Bundesakademie fur Sicherheitspolitik - BAKS (Germany), Egmont Institute (Belgium), IHEDN (France), Royal Higher Institute for Defence (RHID) (Belgium) and the European Security and Defence College (ESDC). It aimed at senior and varied audience, including senior people from industry and academia. In terms of substance, the Advanced Strategic Course addressed the full remit of the EU Global Strategy, of which the CSDP is one of the core policies. The core audience was top senior managers/members (equivalent to brigadier/general (or equivalent ranks), political and security directors, State secretaries etc.) from defence, security, diplomacy, and industry from all EU Member States and from the EU Institutions: those that will make decisions on and implement strategy. In addition, selected academics were invited and their work contributed to the substance and to the image of EU strategy.