The Swiss Professional Officers Training Course (SPOT) was held at the GCSP from Monday 11 until Friday 15 April. This one week-long course provides expert training in the broad field of international security to Swiss professional (regular) officers.
The objective was the transfer of knowledge and the broadening of the conceptual understanding of international security issues with a special emphasis on questions related to global and regional security, as well as the role of states and international institutions in conflict management and peacebuilding.
The teaching methodology included lectures and group discussions. A large number of presentations were given by staff members of the GCSP and experts from the field.
On their second day, SPOT participants had the opportunity of working with LISC 16th participants in a “Geopolitics Game” where the group shared knowledge in a participative way recognising regional perspective on Global Issues and analyzing the differences between these in order to evaluate the risks and chances resulting from these differences.
The SPOT participants also shared a lunch together with the participants of the Myanmar Course. This was a unique opportunity to interact with people from different cultural and professional backgrounds.