A delegation of officials of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi at the Ministry premises today (22nd Thursday, October 2015).
From 31st March to 2nd April 2015, Senior Course 126 visited Switzerland, a long-standing and very active member of the Partnership for Peace (PfP). The visit consisted in two distinct parts, the first focusing on information acquisition and academic insight, and the second with a broader cultural and social emphasis.
The Swiss Professional Officers Training Course (SPOT) has started this week on the Monday, March 9th. This one week-long course provides expert training in the broad field of international security to Swiss professional (regular) officers. The objective is the transfer of knowledge and the broadening of the conceptual understanding of international security issues with a special emphasis on questions related to global and regional security, as well as the role of states and international institutions in conflict management and peacebuilding. The teaching methodology includes lectures, panel discussions and informal group discussion-making exercises. A large number of presentations were given by staff members of the GCSP, experts in the field and the Swiss federal administration.
A Timely and Successful Contribution to Peace Operations
The Challenges Annual Forum, held on 14-16 October 2014 in Beijing, has just come to a successful conclusion. Hosted by the Chinese Challenges Forum Partner Organizations - the Peacekeeping Affairs Office of the Ministry of National Defense (MND) and the China Institute for International Strategic Studies (CIISS) - at the China Peacekeeping Centre, the Forum provided a platform for an open, frank and focused discussion on a range of challenges - and opportunities - currently facing international peace operations.