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Dr Gustav Lindstrom


Head of the Emerging Security Challenges Programme

Gustav Lindstrom is the head of the Emerging Security Challenges Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP).

Dr Lindstrom currently serves as the co-chair of the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfP-C) Emerging Security Challenges Working Group and as a member of the Executive Academic Board of the European Security and Defence College. He is also a member of the Swiss expert group on “Research and Education in the Cyber Risk Domain” spearheaded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). Previously, he headed the GCSP's Euro-Atlantic Security Programme and was the Director of the European Training Course.

Dr Lindstrom received his doctorate in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School and M.A. in International Policy Studies from Stanford University.

Prior to his tenure at the GCSP, Dr Lindstrom served as a Senior Research Fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS). His areas of interest and expertise include European Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP), emerging security challenges, non-proliferation & disarmament, and cyber security.

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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