Case Study Weekends – Spring 2018

These practice-oriented training sessions will take place at the heart of international during the following weekends:

Weekend I (23 & 24 March):
Strategic Management of Emerging Threats
Through focused workshops and simulation sessions, The GSD Case Study Weekends will provide you with the strategic thinking- and operational skills to lead change and make decisions in tough situations and to operate in a fast-moving world.

Weekend II & III (4 & 5 and 25 & 26 May 2018):
Global Governance Solutions for Decision Makers
Learn to navigate the rapidly changing landscape of global governance, with a focus on the emergence of new strategic actors, existential risks, various dimensions of uncertainty and new security challenges. Please see the below overview with the courses per weekend.


  • Provides 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;
  • Focuses on a variety of the most important global challenges and governance solutions;
  • Develops practical skills such as negotiation, working in teams, problem-solving, conflict resolution, decision making and leadership, through practical exercises and case studies;

Registration and price*
The courses will take place on Fridays from 14h00 – 17h15 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,- not included)

ECTS value
You will earn 3 ECTS per Case Study Weekend


Programme Case Study Weekends – Spring 2018

23 & 24 March 2018 Case Study Weekend I: Emerging Methods in Strategic Foresight and Risk Governance in the 21st Century

  • ‘Emerging Risks in the 21st Century’
  • International Risk Governance: Key Concepts, Practices and Challenges
  • ‘Strategic Foresight and Existential Risks’
  • ‘Conflicts of the Future’
  • ‘National Risk Assessment and Critical Infrastructure Protection’
  • ‘Complex Crises and New Approaches in National Crisis Management’

Courses during this weekend are taught by Dr. Nicolas Mueller and Dr. Kujtese Bejtullahu.

4 & 5 May 2018 Case Study Weekend II: Transforming Global Governance for the 21st Century: International Institutions & Rising Powers (I)

      • ‘Reforming Global Governance for 21st Century Challenges (I and II)’
      • ‘The United Nations system and its role in ‘Global Governance’ ‘
      • ‘Reforming the UN to meet the rising challenges of the 21st century’
      • ‘Security in a Divided and Fragmented World: Proposed Reforms of the UN Security Council’
      • ‘Recent Armed Conflicts and Efficiency of Security Council’s Response: Case study of Bosnia and Herzegovina’

Courses during this weekend are taught by Prof. Reza HasmathProf. Eduardo Missoni and Ambassador Sven Alkalaj.

25 & 26 May 2018 Case Study Weekend III: Transforming Global Governance for the 21st Century: International Institutions & Rising Powers (II)

  • ‘Redefining the Role and Behaviour of International Institutions (I and II)’
  • ‘The Influence of Rising Powers on Global Governance (I and II)’
  • ‘The role of Transnational Hybrid Organisations and Challenges to Global Governance’
  • ‘The Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation’

Courses during this weekend are taught by Prof. Reza Hasmath and Prof. Eduardo Missoni.


GSD Diplomatic Training Options

We provide the Geneva-based diplomatic and foreign-policy communities with a diverse range of diplomatic training modules. These include a series of lectures, discussions, short tailored made programmes and debates on pressing issues of international concern. The sessions can be created for professionals based on the market needs (Executive Winter School, Case Study Weekends (please see this page), or the Executive Master Programme) or Tailormade based on your organisation’s specific needs.

The Tailormade Diplomatic Training courses can either be thematic or skills oriented in-situ (at the invitation of our partners) or at our own premises here in Geneva, which is a major centre for international cooperation. While relying on the expertise of our faculty, which includes world renowned professors, statesmen, stateswomen and ambassadors, we develop a methodology which is experience-sharing and practice oriented and courses are designed carefully to address cross-cutting issues and give a global understanding of the theme or skills at hence.

The training modules can be customised for junior to senior level diplomats and helps them to:

  • (Better) Understand the dynamics of international politics and diplomatic issues;
  • Develop practical skills necessary to master the challenges of 21st century diplomacy;
  • Advance cross-cultural negotiation and communication skills;
  • Develop competence in dealing with challenges at the global, regional and national levels.

Learn and incorporate tools, procedures and instruments to effectively manage complex projects and programmes in international and multicultural environments.

Diplomatic Skills – Tailor made training

This is a practice-oriented training at the heart of international Geneva for professionals from the diplomatic service, international institutions, private sector and NGOs (for groups). We offer organisations the opportunity to create a tailor made diplomatic skills program, based on their needs and focused on improving the practical skills of their employees to better face today’s challenges and issues.

The training will be created based on your specific needs and can include a series of lectures, discussions, simulations, short tailor-made programmes, case studies and debates on pressing issues of international concern. Some examples of the practical skills course we offer are:

  • Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette
  • Working with the UN
  • Negotiation techniques and simulations
  • Rhetoric and eloquence: the art of public speaking and persuasion
  • Human advocacy

Would you like to improve your cross-cultural negotiation or communication skills and develop competence in dealing with challenges at the global, regional and national level, please contact us for more information.


Flexible: from 2 days to 2 weeks. For example:

  • 2 or 3 days – fulltime
  • 1 or 2 weeks – fulltime
  • Part-time, 3 weekends (Friday afternoon + Saturday full day)


The price for the tailor made programmes depends on the duration, location and content of the course.

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