The GCSP has provided training to political advisors since 2012. With the latest edition of the course, held from 7 to 10 July 2015, the GCSP reached new levels of diversity and more global participation.
Participants affiliated with the governments of Canada, Finland, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, as well as the Kofi Annan Foundation, the Institute for Security Studies in Addis Ababa, in addition to several independent peace and security professionals, attended this intensive four-day course.
Sessions focused on the skills ‘tool-kit’ required for effective political advising, including conflict and political analysis, political reporting, mediation, communication and working with the media. These sessions emphasised putting theory into practice through the use of multiple case studies, ranging from Palestinian refugees in Lebanon to the status of power of Al-Shabaab, from the European Neighbourhood Policy in Ukraine to Syrian governance.
Mr Christopher Kremidas, Liaison to NATO, EU & OSCE, Interagency Partnering Division, US European Command
“This was an excellent course which provided me new skills and perspectives to be more effective in seeking peaceful solutions to conflicts. Overall, a superb experience.”
The knowledge shared by the experts was complemented by the exchange of experiences, best practices and lessons learned amongst the participants themselves. This interactive course was dedicated to creating space for these exchanges, either through plenary discussions, small group work, or informal networking time outside of the classroom.
Mr Angelito Nayan, Special Assistant, Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines
“The course is very substantive, in-depth, innovative, with excellent resource persons who are grounded in knowledge, know-how and practice. It also provides a space for safe and meaningful discussion and exchange of ideas.”
Experts associated with GCSP’s Network of Global Experts included: