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The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) is an international foundation at the heart of international Geneva. It was established in 1995 on the initiative of the Swiss Confederation.

We are

  • A leading executive education centre in global security policy
  • A platform that facilitates dialogue and exchange in support of peace, security and international cooperation
  • Recognised as innovative, dynamic and impactful

We deliver

  • Executive courses in key locations worldwide
  • Forward-thinking and creative solutions to individuals and institutions
  • New ideas, contextualised analysis and policy recommendations

We are known for

  • Fostering strategic, innovative and critical thinking in our participants
  • The ‘GCSP Way’: the co-creation of knowledge and understanding by bringing together leading scholars, first-class practitioners and outstanding participants from around the world 
  • A stimulating learning experience in state-of-the-art classrooms

We leverage

  • Our strategic location at the Maison de la paix and at the heart of International Geneva
  • Our principles of impartiality, independence and inclusiveness, making us a sought-after venue for track 1.5 and track 2 diplomacy
  • The unique “Esprit de Genève” in our activities in Geneva, elsewhere in Switzerland and around the world

We represent 

  • A genuinely global centre with multinational staff and fellows from a variety of backgrounds and fields of expertise
  • More than 800 participants every year from over 100 nations, from the public, non-profit and private sectors
  • An ever-growing alumni community of over 5000 international professionals that is vibrant, global and known for its policy influence


>> Access our 2015 online Annual Report

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Jyoti Guptara

“Both the strategic location, and the calibre of people passing through GCSP, make for an empowering launchpad.”

Jyoti Guptara, GCSP's first Novelist-in-Residence
Jyoti Guptara

“With its Global Fellows, the GCSP has added to its identity as think tank and executive training centre the vibe of a start-up co-working hub.”

Jyoti Guptara, GCSP's first Novelist-in-Residence
Miguel Ángel Moratinos

“Diplomats are used at 10% of their potential.”

Miguel Ángel Moratinos, GCSP Associate Fellow
Prof. Vitaly Naumkin

"It is important to come to Geneva, to be unbiased and to share views between experts on civil wars and conflicts."

Prof. Vitaly Naumkin, GCSP Associate Fellow
Souad Mekhennet testimonial

"GCSP's motto Where knowledge meets experience really resonates with me."

Souad Mekhennet, GCSP Associate Fellow
Dr Jon Alterman

"One of the interesting things about Geneva is how many different voices you can bring in."

Dr Jon Alterman, GCSP Associate Fellow
Amb. Jean-David Levitte

“Geneva is a place where peace can be built, and where the suffering of the poorest and weakest is taken into account.”

Amb. Jean-David Levitte, GCSP Associate Fellow
Admiral James STAVRIDIS

“We are good at launching rockets but we need to get better at launching ideas.”

Adm (Retd) James Stavridis, GCSP Associate Fellow