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GCSP Holds Fifth “Geopolitical Strategic Watch” Breakfast

Organised in partnership with the Investment Strategists Association of Geneva (ISAG), the Geneva Centre of Security Policy held the fifth edition of the “Geopolitical Strategic Watch” Breakfast, a meeting dedicated to professionals of strategy and investments working in the finance industry.

Dr Peter Engelke, a Senior Fellow within the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and an Executive-in-Residence at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, presented his findings on the fierce competition for global leadership in tech-based innovation.

Dr Jean-Marc Rickli, GCSP’s Head of Global Risk and Resilience, reviewed the geopolitical developments that have occurred globally during the last three months. These include, terrorist attacks in Europe, the battle for Hodeyda in Yemen, the elections in Lebanon and Turkey and developments in Syria. Topics that were of greater interest focused on the trade war between the United States and China, as well as the Singapore Summit between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the United States. It was noted during the meeting that the tensions between China and the United State are the result of the changing foreign policy of the USA which favours bilateralism over multilateralism as well as the growing influence of China beyond Asia. Current events are the consequences of the transition of a new polarity of the international system which lean towards multipolarity or apolarity depending on the assumptions made by the analysts.

Organized on a quarterly basis, this series of meetings aims to raise awareness for actors in the private sector on the threats, security risks and the necessity for a better understanding of geopolitical developments. It seeks to provide these individuals with an objective and factual view on current geopolitical affairs.  It is an integral part of the scores of annual activities proposed by the GCSP, in Geneva as well as abroad, and is emblematic of the Centre's contribution to the understanding of international peace and the promotion of peace international cooperation.