An informal gathering of GCSP alumni was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Wednesday, 6th December 2017 at Hotel Mount Lavinia, in Colombo.
In spite of the evening traffic around Colombo, fifteen former GCSP participants gathered at picturesque Mount Lavinia, overlooking the lights of the capital. Alumni from the first defence attaché course in Sri Lanka met colleagues who attended classes in Switzerland. Everyone described the Centre’s education as a very positive experience. Many emphasized that they have gotten more skilled in understanding global challenges. “My training at the GCSP taught me how to think strategically, at a higher level”, summarized a Sri Lankan military officer.
The alumni came from different Sri Lankan ministries, and NGOs. A couple of diplomats, among them a head of mission, as well as defence attachés, offered an external perspective. Colonel (GS) Christian Bühlmann, Head of the Regional Perspectives Programme, Mr Thierry Randon, Senior Programme Officer, as well as Colonel (GS, retd) André Zumstein, Course Director for the Second Defence Attaché Course in Colombo, represented the GCSP.