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Engaging Non-State Armed Groups

A unique practitioner’s training on understanding and interacting with Non-State Armed Groups (NSAGs)

The course aims to equip participants with the knowledge tools to achieve successful results in contexts where NSAGs figure prominently. With expert practioners and vetted NSAGs figures contributing their insider insights, the course offers a uniquely credible grounding in field reality.

Key benefits for you

The course will enable you to:

  • Increase your effectiveness as a practitioner in foreign and security policy;
  • Acquire a metric for evaluating NSAGs, their effectiveness, ability to play a constructive role, and susceptibility to tools of leverage/incentive;
  • Provide a comparative depth to complement work in current post/context;
  • Improve your understanding of the various tools of engagement with NSAGs available, their utility, and best application dependent on context;
  • Equip you with the particular skill set required to engage with NSAGs;
  • Access an extensive network of expertise in international affairs and security as a GCSP alumnus.

Why you should attend

The course is designed to bring out the best of the three central elements that form the basis of GCSP’s unique learning experience: the latest thinking and research from high-level academia, the wisdom of experienced senior practitioners and the collective experience of the participants. This unique blend will enable you and your peers to engage in challenging topics and explore the boundaries of your own capabilities in an interactive and stimulating learning environment.

Participant profiles

This course is designed for government officials, international organisation and NGO staff working in conflict environments.


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CHF 1,750 - GCSP alumni are eligible for a 20% discount

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Engaging Non-State Armed Groups

Date 10 - 12 Oct 2016

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Mr Theodore Murphy
Director for Special Assignments, The Berghof Foundation in Berlin, Germany

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