Geneva Centre for Security Policy
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The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) is an international foundation that was established in 1995 under Swiss law to "promote the building and maintenance of peace, security and stability". The GCSP was founded by the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport, in cooperation with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, as a Swiss contribution to Partnership for Peace (PfP).
The GCSP's core activity is the provision of expert training in comprehensive international peace and security policy for mid-career diplomats, military officers, and civil servants from foreign, defence, and other relevant ministries, as well as from international organisations. Participants in GCSP courses come from countries of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, NATO's Mediterranean Dialogue, the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative, and beyond, including South and East Asia and Africa. In addition to its three principal courses (each lasting from three to nine months) offered in Geneva, the GCSP also offers tailor-made courses in Geneva, Brussels, New York, and other locations. Alumni from GCSP courses remain engaged in the Centre's activities.
GCSP faculty and senior staff, both academics and practitioners, come from a wide range of countries, disciplines, and interests, covering a broad spectrum of the security-policy arena. They write extensively in GCSP publications, internationally reputed peer-reviewed journals, and other publications. In addition, they contribute regularly to the policy and academic debates on key security issues. Moreover, the GCSP convenes conferences, workshops, and discussions to promote dialogue on peace and security issues. Some of the latter activities aim to facilitate discreet dialogue in post-conflict situations.
The GCSP's activities focus on the following thematic areas:
- International Security
- Euro-Atlantic Security
- New Issues in Security
- Civil-Military Relations
- Conflict and Peacebuilding
- Geopolitics of Globalisation and Transnational Security
- Security and Law
Governance and funding
The GCSP's governing body is the Foundation Council, which consists of representatives of over 40 member states and the Canton of Geneva. GCSP management is guided on key policy issues by an international Advisory Board, which includes prominent persons with experience in the security field and in international organisations, government, civil society, and academia.
The Swiss government is the principal contributor to the GCSP's budget. Other Foundation Council members, partner states, and institutions also support the GCSP by seconding faculty, funding scholarships, and contributing to other aspects of the Centre's activities.
Notes and references
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- Geneva Centre for Security Policy website
- Federal Department of Foreign Affairs website
- Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport website
- Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
- Uppsala Conflict Data Program