On 20 November 2017, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)’s Director, Ambassador Christian Dussey, welcomed Major General Daniel Keller, Commander of the Swiss Armed Forces College, to the Maison de la paix to sign the annual training convention between the GCSP and the FSCA, which determines the extension of the lines of cooperation between the two institutions.
Visiting GCSP for the first time in his new position, Major General Keller, accompanied by Lieutenant-Colonel (GS) Pascal Eggen, was impressed by the course program and the diversity of participants. He noted the importance of the Centre in training Swiss military officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs). For his part, Ambassador Dussey welcomed the excellent collaboration between the FSCA and the GCSP. Colonel (GS) Christian Bühlmann, Head of the Regional Perspectives Programme, seconded Ambassador Dussey.
The GCSP is a partner of choice for the Swiss Armed Forces for the international training of military senior officers. Each year, the GCSP organizes more than 20 courses and activities for the Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS). Several of these courses are intended for Armed Forces College. For instance, the students of the Military Academy (MILAC) at the ETH Zurich visit the GCSP during their Bachelor (SFB), or diploma (SFD) training courses, or as part of the military school programme. The training focuses on the international law of armed conflict. Later, participants in advanced studies (WAL) 1, 2 and 3 consider the international dimension of the security policy at the GCSP.
Wherever possible, the GCSP combines sequences for the MILAC with other long-term courses such as Leadership in International Security Course (LISC), New Issues in Security Course (NISC) or European Security Course (ESC). This allows Swiss officers to better understand regional cultural specificities. For their part, foreign participants understand the specificities of the Swiss defense system. Professional non-commissioned officers are not left out: every year, as part of their basic training, the second-year classes of the Armed Forces Professional NCO School (BUSA) visit the GCSP. Finally, during the Central School, selected officers discover the GCSP, the DCAF and the GICHD as they visit International Geneva.