I had the pleasure to present International Geneva and the GCSP to participants from the Strategic Leadership Course organized by the Austrian National Defence Academy

Last Wednesday, the Strategic Leadership Course organized by the Austrian National Defence Academy #Vienna visited the GCSP in the context of their study trip to #Geneva. More than 40 participants, from the Austrian public and private sector, spent an insightful day filled with impactful discussions under the leadership of Lieutenant General (LTG) Erich Csitkovits, commandant of the Academy.
This visit allowed for an engaged and fruitful bilateral session between Ambassador Greminger and LTG Csitkovits, fostering stronger relations and collaboration.
The participants were informed about the different facets of the GCSP activities:🔎 Colonel (GS) Dr Christian Bühlmann opened the event with an inspiring presentation on International Geneva and GCSP’s role.🔎 Dr Jean-Marc Rickli focused on the « Security and geopolitical implications of emerging technologies, » generating fascinating discussions.🔎 Ambassador Thomas Greminger shared profound insights comparing Austrian and Swiss foreign and security policies.
Lecturers and participants contributed to making this visit a success! The participants’ active engagement and thoughtful questions added immense value to the conversations.
« Let’s continue building bridges and fostering dialogue! » – Austrian participant.

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I had the pleasure to attend virtually to the opening of the 28th edition of the 28th edition of the European Security Course (ESC).

The 28th edition of the European Security Course is underway! 🎆
Since 1997, the European Security Course (ESC) has been deepening #security professionals’ understanding of the security policy #challenges that impact Europe. We were delighted to kick-off the ESC 2024 edition on Monday with our 23 fantastic participants, hailing from 22 different countries. 🌍
Learn more about our Advanced Courses: https://bit.ly/2N42509


Chavigny, Paul Marie Victor. Organisation du travail intellectuel, recettes pratiques à l’usage des étudiants de toutes les facultés et de tous les travailleurs. Paris: Delagrave, 1918, https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k3353544h, is available as pdf under an open access policy on the website of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (in French, naturellement).










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On Tuesday 12 December, the GCSP had the pleasure of hosting a group of participants from the Master in European and International Governance – MEIG Programme.
GCSP experts were happy to provide an overview of some of our activities, starting with an introduction session on #InternationalGeneva by Col (GS) Dr Christian Bühlmann. Some of the key global issues discussed included #Environment and Security, presented by our Head of Human Security Ms Anna Brach, and Artificial Intelligence #AI and its implications on the sphere of International Security, presented by Project Officer Mr Federico Mantellassi.
Many thanks to #MEIG for your visit and for your interest!

Rencontré Claudia Melanjoie-dit-Savoie lors de la séance de dédicace de son premier ouvrage « En deux mots, j’aimerais vous dire ». Apprécié la conversation et le temps pris à une longue dédicace personnalisée. Claudia est encore plus sympathique en personne qu’à la radio par le rayonnement de sa présence et sa joie de vivre.

Je me réjouis de relire une à une les chroniques que j’écoutais avec plaisir le matin à la radio.


Le 23 novembre 2023 s’est déroulé, à l’invitation des éditions Alphil, du Château de Morges et de ses musées, le vernissage du récent ouvrage du Professeur Rudolf Jaun, Histoire de l’armée suisse. Du XVIIe siècle à nos jours.  Sous la conduite du commandant de corps (lib.) Dominique Andrey, président de l’Association suisse d’histoire et de sciences militaires (ASHSM), plusieurs personnalités sont intervenues devant une trentaine de participants pour éclairer des facettes de la rédaction du livre, de son édition et de sa traduction.

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Michael A. McKay

Were Zelenskyy to take counsel from Clausewitz and Sun Tzu, what do you think they would say to him? Just one of the questions I put to the UK’s former Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir David Richards on #themckayinterview, broadcasting tomorrow on World Radio Switzerland Switzerland at 8pm #Geneva time. Geneva Centre for Security Policy Thomas Greminger Dr Christian Bühlmann Thomas Suessli The British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce

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With the support of dedicated GCSP colleagues, I delivered the « Welcome to Switzerland » module to the new LISC participants. After an introduction, the four groups made a circuits through four « Swiss cities » with a quiz, an history puzzle, a video on Swiss institutions, as well as a description of their perception if their new host country. I then focussed on a couple of Swiss specificities.
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On October 5 and 6, the GCSP organized a workshop entitled « Outlook and Opportunities in the MENA Region: Analytics and Options for the Swiss MENA Strategy » in collaboration with the CCDP – Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding.
The workshop brought together 27 international experts to assess current and future challenges and developments in the #MENA region. Based on preliminary desk research undertaken by Dr. Farrah Hawana, the experts discussed current geopolitical, social and economic trends in the region. Topics such as #peace, #security, governance, human rights, #migration, economic affairs, #science, sustainable development and #climatechange were discussed and analyzed by the experts. A country-specific analysis was also undertaken in order to obtain important inputs from experts based in the region.
A special thanks goes to all the experts who contributed to the workshop: Hassan Abul-Enein, Maryam Alemzadeh, Rim Aljabi, Riccardo Bocco, Natasha Carmi, Andrea C., Jerome Drevon, Seraina Eldada, Maria Luisa Fantappie, Jalel Harchaoui, Peter Harling, Nadim Houry, Lina Khatib, Jean-Marc Rickli, Carole Rizkallah Alsharabati, Bilal Salaymeh, Alexander Tyler, Achim Wennmann.
Based on the outcomes of the workshop, the GCSP experts (Thomas Greminger, Tobias Vestner, Maréva Roduit, Marc George, Dr Christian Bühlmann, Anca Munteanu, PhD) and CCDP experts (Keith Krause, Farrah Hawana, Alaa Tartir, PhD., Souhail BELHADJ KLAZ) then discussed #policy options for the next Swiss strategy for the MENA region with FDFA representatives (Rascha Osman, Gabriele Guzzi, Vanessa Di Giorgi). A report on the challenges and prospects for the MENA region, together with policy options and recommendations for #Switzerland, will be submitted to the FDFA next month. Part of the research will also be published in the GCSP publication series.
Find more of our publications here: https://bit.ly/3PUtJt8

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Dr Siobhán Martin

GCSP – Deputy Head, Executive Education/Director, Leadership in International Security Course

This week, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy was delighted to welcome 22 participants from 21 countries across the globe, as participants in the 38th edition of our 8-month Leadership in International Security Course.
They will be at GCSP until the end of May 2024, engaging with over 130 experts on a wide range of topics in international peace and security, simultaneously enhancing their leadership skillset and network, to more effectively navigate the issues and challenges in our international environment today.
During the course opening, GCSP’s Executive Director Ambassador Thomas Greminger and Deputy Executive Director Christina Orisich addressed the group which includes participants from Malawi, Togo, Oman and Costa Rica for the first time.
Collectively the group has over 370 years of experience and we very much look forward to facilitating their learning and leadership journeys throughout the next 8 months!

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Michael A. McKay

Profound, thoughtful and not “mainstream”, this describes General Sir David Richards‘ recent address to the The British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce #Geneva and Geneva Centre for Security Policy at Geneva’s #MaisondelaPaix, entitled, “Whither Statecraft, Whither Statesmen: The Death of Strategy”. General Richards lamented the dearth of talented #leadership in matters of #globalsecurity and offered some solutions.

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Geneva Centre for Security Policy

Today, the Swiss Parliament voted to renew its financial support for our three Geneva Centres with a new framework credit of CHF 130 million for the period of 2024-27. The Geneva Centres, all headquartered in Maison de la Paix in the heart of International Geneva, foster innovative and efficient solutions to promote peace, human security, and sustainable development.
We are grateful for Switzerland’s continued leadership in building peace and security worldwide, which is more relevant now than ever. Its generous funding commitment provides a solid base from which the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), and the DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance can continue to work in support of the values that Switzerland holds close and the creation of a just and peaceful international order.
Stefano Toscano Thomas Greminger Nathalie Chuard Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA