After an introduction by GCSP’s Director, Ambassador Christian Dussey, the NDC delegation heard five presentations: the first about International Geneva and how International Organizations work in Switzerland, delivered by Colonel Christian BÜHLMANN, Head of the Regional Perspectives Programme, GCSP; the second one about mine action, history and conventions, as well as the role and activities of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), given by Dr Gianluca MASPOLI, advisor; the third one dealt with security sector reform, democratic governance, development and the rule of law, presented by Ms Thammy Evans, Deputy Head, International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) at the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF); the fourth presentation, also delivered by Colonel Christian BÜHLMANN, delved into the role of the GCSP. The session closed with a fifth presentation on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) by Ms Rikke Ishoy, Operations Coordinator, ICRC.
The briefings were followed, and concluded, by a challenging question and answer period with the four panellists. The participants were delighted and appreciated the visit very much.
The senior course left Geneva for Bern. The following days, they will attend presentations of the Swiss Security Policy by senior speakers from the Swiss Department of Defence.
The Swiss part of the Field Study Trip was organized by the International Relation Division of the Swiss Armed Forces.