MAJ Korbieh with fellow DIILS alum Olga Scripovscaia on the occasion of the Ghana Contingent's Medals Day parade in Bouake, Ivory Coast, November 2014.
Name: Major Felix Korbieh Country: GHANA (Army) Attended: “Military Law Development Program” (MLDP), Spring 2010. Comment: I am glad to be back to this great DIILS family after almost 3 years of absence. My last post here was my Senior Division Course and dissertation. I am happy to announce that I successfully completed the course as well as my dissertation on the topic 'The Arab Spring; Implications for Africa'. It is currently being marked by the external examiner and I will probably share it with my colleagues when it is done.
I was the Force Legal Advisor with the United Nations Mission in Liberia from Jan 2013 to Mar 2014, and was privileged to have an American, Brigadier General Hugh Van Roosen, as my Chief of Staff; he gave me an excellent rating as the Legal Advisor for the whole military force.
I am currently deployed as the Sector East Legal Advisor with United Nations Mission in Cote d’Ivoire, through August 2015. I have gained so much experience as a legal advisor within the UN peacekeeping context. Thanks to DIILS for the exposure and knowledge gained in the PKRL course, which prepared me well for my UN assignments.
Name: Major Olga Scripovscaia Country: REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA (Army) Attended: “Conducting Peacekeeping and Military Operations in Accordance with the Rule of Law” (PKRL), Fall 2006. Comment: In Cote d’Ivoire, two DIILS alumni from Ghana and Moldova are working together in a United Nations Peacekeeping Mission! We are working with great motivation, inspiration and cohesion. After our brilliant DIILS classes, we know how to work fruitfully to achieve the mission goal!
Immediately after I completed the mission in Liberia and came home from my tour of duty in UNMIL in June 2008, I was the G-1 of the Military Academy of Armed Forces in Moldova until March 2010. Then, I became the first female Moldovan officer to serve as a Commanding Officer. From March 2010 to March 2014, I commanded the Military Recruiting Center in Balti (Northern Moldova). Meanwhile, I completed my Master’s Degree in Linguistics (Military language in action – a comparison of English-Romanian-Russian), and applied for my next UN Mission. In March 2014, I was selected to participate in the UN Mission in Ivory Coast (UNOCI/ONUCI). From March to September 2014, I was a Team Leader of the UN Military Observer (UNMO) Team Site in Ferke (on the Mali-Burkina Faso border). Since September 2014, I am the Team Leader of the UNMO Cell of UNOCI Sector East. We coordinate operational activities of 8 UNMO Team Sites. I am very happy to be here, in action, and I am very happy to face a new UN experience and to meet new challenges and achievements.
DIILS inspired all of us to participate in UN activity and provided us with great knowledge about all aspects of peacekeeping operations. It is really of incredible value and it moves all of us forward with motivation and success.