Parliament members will receive a training course on national security, the dangers that the Middle East faces and “fourth-generation warfare” at the Defense Ministry-affiliated Nasser Military Academy throughout the month of April, Parliament’s general secretariat informed MPs on Tuesday.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has repeatedly warned Egyptians of fourth-generation warfare, which he has described as the use of technology, modern communication tools and psychology to destabilize the country. He has warned the danger of what he called a new kind of struggle, saying that it can destroy countries.
Hassan Hassanein, deputy of Parliament’s Defense and National Security Committee, told Mada Masr that the training is important for MPs to be able to perform their roles and protect the country.
“It will help us to know all the internal and external threats that Egypt faces and how to fight them through our legislative and supervisory role,” he explained.
The topics that will be discussed in the sessions, according to the list released by Parliament, include Egypt’s defense strategy and western plans to divide the Middle East – a conspiracy theory that has been widely propagated since 2011, which blames western states for sparking unrest across the region in order to create a new map for the Middle East consisting of smaller nations that are easier to conquer.
The Nasser Military Academy, which was founded by late President Gamal Abdel Nasser, offers courses in national security-related topics and has been cooperating with different arms of the state in highlighting the dangers that Egypt is facing.
Recently, the participants of the Presidential Leadership Program (PLP) completed a course at the academy as the first step in the program launched by Sisi in October aiming to prepare youth for leadership positions.