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29th International Training Course in Security Policy (ITC): "Facing Traditional and Emerging Challenges"

This eight month International Training Course offers a global curriculum focused on generating powerful ideas to help professionals, organizations and nations solve the world’s most pressing security challenges. This full-time course is designed to increase the knowledge and skills of high-performing professionals, who seek to enhance their career and engage in leadership positions. In addition, participants can opt to take part in the Master of Advanced Studies in International and European Security jointly run with the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva.

Information about the International Training Course in Security Policy:
  • Created: 1986
  • Participants: from PfP and EU member states, from partner countries of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue and Istanbul Co-operation Initiative, as well as from countries in the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Caucasus, North and South America, and Australasia
  • Alumni: 596 (81 countries)
Course objectives:

The course will provide you with the conceptual framework and practical skills to:

  • Broaden your understanding of complex global security issues;
  • Address the challenges created by the current evolution of security actors;
  • Devise concrete policies to address global strategic challenges; and
  • Develop your network to pursue collaborative solutions
Course Design:

This intensive 8 months course engages you through a multifaceted approach incorporating classroom analysis of security policy issues, peer to peer networking, and individual skill development. Substantive elements of the course, conducted by internal and visiting experts, feed participant-led activities including presentations, debates, and thematic analyses. A particular focus is placed on skills enhancement, provided through regular interactive sessions involving case studies, simulations and collaborative exercises to turn knowledge into practice. Finally, through GCSP’s global expert community, as well as the actors present in International Geneva, you will network with over 150 academics, practitioners and institutional experts.

Why you should attend:

This course offers you a unique opportunity to:

  • Conduct a critical analysis of complex and broad security issues of today’s interconnected world;
  • Generate effective policy options to address complex security threats;
  • Play a leadership role, drawing on your own strengths, those of your peers and a network of security professionals;
  • Work across cultures, organizations, and professional sectors to ensure sustainable solutions in a complex world.

Participants should be mid-career military officers and civilian officials, or diplomats with a security policy related background. They should have a university degree or be serving officers (military staff course completed). Military officers should ideally hold the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel or Colonel; diplomats and civil servants should have an equivalent rank. They must have a good command of English, which is the working language of the course.

Invitations to the course are issued by the Swiss Government. The ITC is offered free of charge as part of the contribution of Switzerland to Partnership for Peace. Scholarships to help cover living expenses are made available to a number of countries.

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29th International Training Course in Security Policy (ITC): "Facing Traditional and Emerging Challenges"

Date 6 Oct 2014 - 28 May 2015

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