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GCSP Director Visits New Delhi, India

In today’s interconnected world, you need a global perspective to be able to keep up with current trends and future challenges. With the aim of strengthening ties with India, a member state of the GCSP Foundation Council, Ambassador Christian Dussey set out for a trip to New Delhi from 27 April to 1 May 2015. It also served to promote GCSP’s mission of reaching out to decision-makers concerned with international affairs and security from around the world to provide forward-thinking and innovative solutions.

A foundation member since 2011, India is GCSP’s leading partner in South Asia. Officials, officers and executives from India interact with the GCSP in various ways:

  • as course participants they come to Geneva to gain knowledge and develop skills
  • as fellows they affiliate with the Centre to explore new ideas and ways of thinking; and
  • as experts they share their experience with the wider "GCSP Community".

Travelling to New Delhi, Ambassador Dussey paid tribute to the existing relations with partners based in India, and enquired into new paths of cooperation. In particular, he visited and met with representatives of the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Indian Council of World Affairs, Brookings India, Observer Research Foundation, Centre for Land Warfare Studies, Ananta Aspen Centre, Council on Energy, Environment and Water, and the Vivekananda International Foundation.

A formal cooperation agreement was signed with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.

In addition to encouraging greater engagement with partners, the trip was an opportunity to bring together former course participants from India. It has become a valued tradition now that the Swiss Embassies abroad host a regional GCSP alumni reunion on the occasion of the visit of a GCSP staff member.