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Geopolitics and Global Futures Symposium 2018

Understand and Prepare for Current and Prospective Challenges in Global Security

The course reflects the programme’s aims of examining the multiple dimensions of global security, identifying and analysing transformative technologies, and using insights from neuroscience to further our understanding of international affairs. The course’s fundamental premise is that we need new paradigms to understand, prepare for and respond to current and future global challenges.


  • The Future of Outer Space Security: Day 1 will cover outer space security, multilateral space governance, and both the traditional and emerging actors in this field.
  • Transformative Technologies and Security: Day 2 will explore transformative technologies (including but not limited to Artificial Intelligence, autonomous weapons, Big Data, and Virtual Reality), their security ramifications, and the ethical challenges that they pose.
  • Neurophilosophy of Global Security: Day 3 will be dedicated to the neurophilosophy of global security, examining how recent developments in neuroscience shed light on human nature, and can help us to better comprehend individual and state behaviour.

Each module can be studied on its own.


  • Frank Asbeck: Principal Adviser for Space and Security Policy, European External Action Service (retired), Brussels, Belgium
  • Professor Heiner Klinkrad: Professor, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany
  • Dr Alain Dupas: International Expert, Aerospace & High Technology Sectors, Paris, France
  • Mr Gérard Brachet: Space Policy Consultant, Paris, France
  • Mr Steven A. Mirmina: Adjunct Professor of Space Law, Georgetown University Law School, Washington, DC, USA 
  • Dr Quentin Ladetto: Research Director, Federal Department of Defence, Armasuisse, Thun, Switzerland
  • Mr Bill Holford: Director, Central Government, Defence & Police, BT Major & Public Sector, UK
  • Captain James E. Fanell: GCSP Government Fellow, GCSP
  • Dr Harris Wiseman: Honorary Senior Research Associate, University College London, UK
  • Dr David Gallardo-Pujol: Senior Lecturer, University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Dr Olga Klimecki: Senior Researcher (Medicine and Psychology), Swiss Center for Effective Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Dr  Marcus Holmes: Assistant Professor of Government, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA
  • Professor Shane O'Mara: Professor of Experimental Brain Research, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland


The Symposium is designed for officials from governments and international organisations, as well as members of the security and defence policy planning and the intelligence communities. This course is also relevant to representatives from the private sector and nongovernmental organisations, journalists, and anyone with a professional interest in understanding future international security challenges.

Special Conditions apply to GCSP Alumni until 28 February 2018.


Geneva, Switzerland


CHF 1'200 for the full three-day Symposium, CHF 900 for two days, CHF 500 for individual days. Apply by 19 May to qualify for a 15% discount. A limited number of partial tuition waivers may be granted on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of the GCSP.

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Geopolitics and Global Futures Symposium 2018

Date 20 - 22 Jun 2018

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