The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) is an international foundation at the heart of international Geneva. It was established in 1995 on the initiative of the Swiss Confederation.
- A leading executive education centre in global security policy
- A platform that facilitates dialogue and exchange in support of peace, security and international cooperation
- Recognised as innovative, dynamic and impactful
- Executive courses in key locations worldwide
- Forward-thinking and creative solutions to individuals and institutions
- New ideas, contextualised analysis and policy recommendations
GCSP is known for
- Fostering strategic, innovative and critical thinking in our participants
- The ‘GCSP Way’: the co-creation of knowledge and understanding by bringing together leading scholars, first-class practitioners and outstanding participants from around the world
- A stimulating learning experience in state-of-the-art classrooms
- Our strategic location at the Maison de la paix and at the heart of International Geneva
- Our principles of impartiality, independence and inclusiveness, making us a sought-after venue for track 1.5 and track 2 diplomacy
- The unique “Esprit de Genève” in our activities in Geneva, elsewhere in Switzerland and around the world
- A genuinely global centre with multinational staff and fellows from a variety of backgrounds and fields of expertise
- More than 800 participants every year from over 100 nations, from the public, non-profit and private sectors
- An ever-growing alumni community of over 5000 international professionals that is vibrant, global and known for its policy influence
What was to become the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) has its roots in a training programme designed on the initiative of the Swiss Confederation to strengthen national expertise in the field of disarmament in the midst of the Cold War.
Putting in place a nine month executive course to train government officials in pertinent issues on international security, the founding fathers of the GCSP had their fingers on the pulse. It quickly turned out that there was a pressing need for comprehensive security training, not only in Switzerland but also in many other European countries and beyond. It was therefore only logical in 1995 to create a foundation under Swiss law that was strongly promoted by the then Swiss Federal Counsellor Adolf Ogi, with the support and guidance of an international Foundation Council.