Case Study Weekends – Fall 2019

During the practice-oriented case study weekends, participants will:

  • Be provided with advanced in-depth knowledge and skills to grasp and navigate the complex realities of international relations and deal with practical situations encountered by diplomats in their everyday practice;
  • Focus on a variety of the most important global challenges and governance solutions;
  • Develop practical skills such as negotiation, working in teams, problem-solving, conflict resolution, decision making and leadership, through practical exercises and case studies;

The training sessions will take place at the heart of the most diplomatic neighborhood on the planet during the following weekends:

Weekend I (27 & 28 Sptember 2019)
Case Study Weekend I: “Smart Power” – New Trends in the Global Science Diplomacy

Global problems such as climate change, food, and energy security, and disease pandemics, require a global response, which is essentially dependent on the application of science and technology for resolution. The Case Study Weekend delves into an in-depth discussion on the three dimensions of science diplomacy (science in diplomacy, science for diplomacy and diplomacy for science). The participants will also explore the concept of the soft power of science and discuss practical ways of overcoming the barriers to scientific exchange.

Weekend II (17 & 19 October 2019)
Case Study Weekend II: “Soft Power” –  Public Diplomacy & Media

Public diplomacy is an important foreign policy tool for building trust and an attractive image of a country, rather than relying on coercive diplomacy. New methods and strategies of asserting soft power and influencing public opinion are going to be explored during the course. The role of media in nation branding, as well as in managing crises and conflicts will be discussed, together with case studies on the modern news environment. 

Weekend III (1 & 2 November 2019)
Case Study Weekend III: The Evolving Dimensions of Strategic Foresight

As uncertainty, ambiguity and change are increasingly becoming the key features of the modern world, policymakers and leaders are challenged by the need for constant adaptation and preparedness. The science of futures and strategic foresight provides indispensable tools to anticipate and explore the dynamics of change and to have well-prepared strategies and policies in place to face various scenarios of the future. 

Program Case Study Weekends – Fall 2019

The program below will give you an impression of some of courses you can expect during the case study weekends. Please note that the courses mentioned below are still subject to changes. 

27 & 28 Sept. 2019 Case Study Weekend I:  “Smart Power” – New Trends in the Global Science Diplomacy

  • Dimensions of Science Diplomacy and the Soft Power of Science
  • Global Threats: Science Diplomacy in the Age of Globalization
  • Science for Peace in Diplomacy: Institutional Framework
  • Science for Peace in Diplomacy: Practice and Collaboration
  • Science, Politics, and Climate Change
  • The Governance Challenge of Climate Change
17 & 19 Oct. 2019 Case Study Weekend II: “Soft Power” –  Public Diplomacy & Media

  • Soft Power: Concept and Foreign Policy Tools
  • Nation Branding Strategy: «Add Attraction » Workshop – Building attractive image
  • Review of Modern Tools of Public Diplomacy: Education, Culture, Trade, Business, FDI, Sports
  • Strategic Negotiation Game
  • Media Aspects of Public Diplomacy: Case Studies
  • Media Management of Crises and Conflicts in a 24/7 News
    Environment: Case Studies, Implications
1 & 2 Nov. 2019 Case Study Weekend III: The Evolving Dimensions of Strategic Foresight

  • Futures: the concept, purpose and areas of application
  • Key principles of futures process design: Scenarios, Visioning, SWOT Analysis
  • Tools for gathering intelligence about the future: Horizon Scanning, Delphi, the Issues Paper, etc.
  • Identifying and mapping change drivers: Driver mapping (PESTLE), Axes of uncertainty, etc.
  • Scenario planning: Connecting futures to policy
  • Developing and testing policy and strategy: Policy Stress-testing, Backcasting, Roadmapping

Registration and price

The courses will take place on Fridays from 13h15 – 16h45 and on Saturdays from 09h15 – 17h00.
You can register for 1, 2 or the full package of all 3 weekends.

Per case study weekend: CHF 500,-
Full package (all 3 weekends) : CHF 1.200,-
Registration fee CHF 100,- (non-refundable)


ECTS value

You will earn 3 ECTS per Case Study Weekend

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