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Foresight and Strategic Planning: Shaping the Present, Mapping the Future

Shaping the present, mapping the future

This course examines advanced methods for mapping emerging security challenges. It explores the fundamentals of strategic planning, planning methodologies, and policymaking under uncertainty. Specifically, it exposes participants to foresight methodologies and the strategic planning process, including the circumstances under which specific tools may be applied.

Key benefits for you

As a participant, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn about different foresight and strategic planning methodologies, including their respective benefits and shortcomings;
  • Identify barriers and drivers to the implementation of policies based on foresight results; 
  • Gain insights on global trends and emerging security challenges; 
  • Access an extensive network of experts in international affairs, law and security as a GCSP alumnus.

Why you should attend

In today’s fast paced world, policymakers are increasingly aware of foresight as a tool to gauge policy responses. This course provides an opportunity to learn the basics of foresight and how it can be applied. During the course, participants will also examine emerging security challenges and their potential implications – allowing you to combine theory and practice.

Participant profile

This course is designed for officials and executives from government, the military, international organisations, nonprofit organisations and the private sector. It may be of particular relevance for individuals with a policy planning function.



“I specifically appreciated the way the course was driven, the range of content and the practical aspects.”

Cote d’Ivoire Air Force

“Really nice to be in such a diverse group with different backgrounds (UN, humanitarian, military, diplomacy, academia) from all the continents.”

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

The Foresight and Strategic Planning Course covered subjects that were somewhat new to me.  The guest speakers put the information across in a simple effective way



Geneva, Switzerland


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

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Foresight and Strategic Planning: Shaping the Present, Mapping the Future

Date 19 - 23 Sep 2016

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