10 Apr 2013 - 03 Jul 2013

14th New Issues in Security Course (NISC)

14th New Issues in Security Course (NISC), 10 April - 3 July 2013

14th NISC participants and staff
Location: Geneva ,


Venue: GCSP
Course Leader: Dr Christina Schori Liang
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14th NISC participants and staff
Information about the NISC
  • Duration: 3 months, offered once a year
  • Created: 2000
  • Participants: from PfP and NATO - Mediterranean Dialogue Countries, and selected crisis and transitional countries
  • Alumni: 114 (42 countries and 1 non-governmental organisation)
  • Course Co-Director: Marc Finaud , Senior Programme Advisor


Origins and Background

The NISC was set up in 2000 by the GCSP in response to the rapidly changing security environment and to address the broader peace and security agenda. The course has been directed by: Dr Roland Dannreuther, Professor Neil MacFarlane, Dr Rama Mani, Dr W. Pal Sidhu, and Dr Khalid Koser. In its fourteenth year, and adapted to meet the demands of a constantly changing global environment, NISC 2013 is entitled "Global Peace and Security: Challenges and Responses".


Aims and Objectives

The NISC is designed to address the main challenges facing global peace and security, and to search for effective responses to these challenges. This course aims to prepare participants for enhanced policy planning, decision making and practical implementation in a range of complex and interlinked peace and security situations. It aims to:

  • Deepen participants' understanding of the salient and interlinked challenges of peace and security in today's complex environment, within a framework of human and state security; and
  • Develop participants' capacity and skills to respond more effectively, cooperatively and compassionately to these security challenges as policymakers and practitioners.

The course seeks to:

  • Examine global security in a national, regional and transnational context.
  • Identify the main challenges and critically analyse their causes and consequences.
  • Evaluate existing responses and articulate alternative and more effective ones.
  • Improve analytical and presentational skills and increase the ability to perform as a policymaker, negotiator or decision-maker.
  • Enhance development of teamwork and communication skills.
  • Provide an open multinational forum that fosters understanding and respect for diverse perspectives, opinions and cultures.

The course enhances these tools and skills:

  • Critical Thinking: The aim throughout this course is to encourage critical thinking and analysis and the formulation of independent, well-informed opinion, which is the strongest basis for sound policy making and planning.
  • Practical Applied Skills: The course aims to develop participants' skills in responding to challenges, through a variety of exercises in the area of communication, policy planning and writing policy briefs, negotiating, planning complex operations, team work.
  • Cooperative Problem-Solving: Global peace and security can be pursued more effectively through cooperative problem-solving and teamwork. The course deliberately builds in opportunities to work in small, diverse groups, eliciting collective responses based on the specific skills, knowledge and experience of each individual group member.
  • Cross-Cultural Understanding and Respect: One of the great strengths of the course is the diversity of its participants in terms of nationality and professional experience, and the learning opportunities this provides, both in- and outside the classroom.



This course is designed for persons concerned directly with traditional and  non-traditional security issues, including:

  • National Policy Planners and Implementors from Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Justice, Environment, Development and Home Affairs;
  • International Practitioners from inter-governmental, regional and non-governmental organisations;
  • Stakeholders from transitional, at-risk, and post-conflict as well as donor countries.