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  • Location – GCSP – Maison de la paix, Switzerland
  • CHF 1000 – Early bird rates of 15% up to two months before the registration deadline, alumni discounts of 20% and scholarships are available
  • 18-19 May, 2016
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Addressing the ”emotional amoral egoism” of man, state, nonstate actors, and the global system.

Human nature is at the centre of political theory and public policy, but our notions of what constitutes it are insufficiently studied and often oversimplified. Significant advances in neuroscience, brain-imaging and neurochemistry have made great progress in elucidating what shapes our actions and emotions individually and collectively. Drawing on these new insights allows us to revisit the debate about what propels good, sustainable and accountable governance and leadership.

Key benefits for you
The course provides an in-depth overview of the impact of neuroscience on ethics and international security. The course will:

  • provide you with a comprehensive and analytical overview of the role of neurophilosophy in myriad fields; and
  • develop your understanding of how this approach will impact future conflicts and ethical questions.

Why you should attend
This course has three main goals: 1) to provide an overview of the relevance and uses of neuroscience across a wide range of policy issues, security, conflict and global order; 2) to offer participants new tools to understand and reflect upon political processes, political change, power and leadership, and 3) to discuss some of the emerging technologies in the area of neurosciences, such as cognitive enhancement and their implications for equality, ethics, security and the overall future of humanity.

Participant profile

This course is designed for government and international organisations officials as well as members of the security and defence policy planning and intelligence community. Journalists, people working in research and development, as well as in the International Relations field might also be interested in this module.