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GCSP course for political advisors reaches new levels of diversity and global participation

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.

“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.”

Mr Christopher Kremidas, Liaison to NATO, EU &amp; OSCE, Interagency Partnering Division, US European Command

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.

“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.”

Mr Angelito Nayan, Special Assistant, Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines

Experts associated with GCSP’s Network of Global Experts included:

  • Ms Sybille Stamm, Founder of Enabling Creative Change, who guided the group through a day of conflict and political analysis tools and theory;
  • Mr Marc Finaud, of GCSP’s Emerging Security Challenges Programme, who shared his insights on political reporting from his career as a French diplomat and with the UN;
  • Dr Antje Herrberg co-founder and CEO of mediatEUr, who lead a day on peace mediation;
  • Mr Jean-Paul Rouiller, Director of the Geneva Centre for Training and Analysis of Terrorism (GCTAT), who challenged the group with an analysis of Al-Shabaab;
  • Ms Jennifer Clickner and Mr Marcus Berry from icommunicate, who facilitated sessions on effective communication with the media through television and radio workshops; and
  • Dr Carl Ungerer, Head of the Leadership, Crisis and Conflict Management Programme at the GCSP, who provided a case study inspired by his own career as a POLAD.


>> Apply for the next edition of the course (4-8 July 2016)