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Executive Certificate

Geopolitical Analysis


Monday 7 January to Friday  11 January  2019





The objective of this study programme is to introduce the main components of the geopolitical analysis method. The course adopts an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates strategic, geographic, historic, cultural and economic dimensions in order to decipher the complexity of contemporary international relations. The central themes include geopolitical schools of thought, the concepts and method of geopolitical analysis, identity factors and geopolitical representations, as well as the application of strategic analysis and foresight. Case illustrations are presented on various geopolitical configurations that significantly impact the current world system. Having completed this study programme, participants are expected to demonstrate the ability to apply the geopolitical analysis method in different case study situations and to integrate geopolitical factors in decision making processes.     


Programme Highlights and Learning Outcomes

  •  Develop the ability to apply the geopolitical analysis method in different case study situations;
  •  Assess the risks and opportunities entailed by geopolitical dynamics;
  •  Integrate geopolitical factors in decision making processes.
  •  Participate actively in an interactive and non-conformist course
  •  Develop your professional networks and exchange views with course participants having different  national, cultural and professional backgrounds.


Target group of participants 
Persons working for International Organisations and government agencies, diplomats, people working in various economic sectors, graduate students and other interested individuals.


Lectures are given by faculty members of the Institute and invited speakers who are leading international experts in the field of geopolitics.

  • Dates: Program starts on Monday 7 January and ends on Friday 11 January 2019.
  • Schedule: Conferences take place between 9-12 AM and 2:00 -5:00 PM.  
  • Location: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Language: English
  • Certificate of participation will be awarded by GIGS upon completion of the course.
  • Modules can be arranged if someone cannot attend the whole program. 


 Application form


 Application deadline:  2  October  2018


Tuition fee: 1’300 CHF for professionals & 700 CHF for graduate students

This fee does not cover travel, accommodation, meals and health insurance expenses. 

GIGS does not offer financial aid to attend its courses.


Admission Requirements 

Bachelor degree obtained, minimum of two years of work experience and English language proficiency.

If you cannot attend the whole program you can select different lectures. For more information please contact the Institute





Introduction to  Geopolitics

Gyula Csurgai


Geopolitical Schools of Thought

David Criekemans


Enduring and Variable Factors of the Geopolitical Analysis Method

Gyula Csurgai


Geopolitical Factors of Switzerland

Alexandre Lambert


Geopolitics of Energy

David Criekemans


Strategic Foresight Methodology

Geopolitical Scenario Building

Goran Jovanovic


Interactive Geopolitical Exercise: Analysis, Foresight and Strategic Choices

Gyula Csurgai






Mr. David Criekemans, holds a Doctorate on Geopolitical Schools of Thought and Master Degrees in Political Sciences (from the University of Antwerp), and in Public Administration (from the Catholic University of Leuven), Belgium. Currently, he is Assistant Professor in “Belgian and Comparative Foreign Policy” (at the University of Antwerp) and in International Relations (at the University College Roosevelt in the Netherlands). He has taught Geopolitics at the Royal Military Academy in Brussels. Main research areas of Dr. Criekemans’ are: geopolitical schools of thought, geopolitics of energy, regionalism and sub-state diplomacy. He is lecturer and member of the Scientific Council of GIGS. His main specialities: geopolitical schools of thought, regionalism, and geopolitics of energy. Dr. Criekemans is author of several studies and books in the field of geopolitics including an in-depth study on the history of geopolitical thought from 1890 till present: “Geopolitics, ‘Geographic Consciousness’ of Foreign Policy?”, Publishing House Garant / Maklu (Antwerp).


Mr. Gyula Csurgai, holds a Doctorate from the University of Geneva. He obtained Degrees in Political Science from the University of Concordia (Canada) and the University of Toulouse (France) and Postgraduate Diplomas in European Studies and Philosophy from the University of Geneva. Dr. Csurgai is founding Member and Director of the Geneva Institute of Geopolitical Studies (GIGS).  Dr. Csurgai has been teaching Geopolitics, Geoeconomics and Economic Intelligence for over 20 years at different universities in Switzerland and at GIGS. He organized eight international geopolitical symposiums and directed the publications of their proceedings. He has participated in several international research projects and has provided expertise to a number of international organizations, governments and private corporations. Mr. Csurgai has been guest lecturer at numerous conferences and symposiums in Italy, Portugal, Germany, Hungary, France, Canada, United States and Brazil. He collaborates as well with several think tanks in the fields of strategy, security, geopolitics and geoeconomics. He published several books and articles in geopolitics, geoeconomics and economic intelligence. His publications include among others: La nation et ses territoires en Europe centrale: Une approche géopolitique , (The Nation and its Territories in Central Europe: A Geopolitical Approach), Peter Lang, Bern, 2005, Conflits en Zone Urbaine (Conflicts in Urban Zones), Editions,  Polémarque, Nancy,  2013. His most recent publication is: Geoeoconomic Strategies and Economic Intelligence in Advances in Geoeconomics, Ed. J.M. Munoz, Routledge, 2017.


Mr. Goran Jovanovic holds, a Doctorate and Master Degrees in International Relations from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, a Postgraduate Diploma in American Studies from Smith College, Mass, USA, and Bachelor in Sociology from the University of Belgrade, Serbia. Dr. Jovanovic was Head of the International Relations Department at International University in Geneva and Director of the Center for Audiovisual Media and Contemporary History at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. Currently, Dr. Jovanovic is Professor of International Relations at the International University in Geneva. He teaches courses on globalization, geopolitics, foreign policy and statecraft, political communication and strategic foresight. Dr. Jovanovic has taught as well on these subjects at various universities in Central Asia and the Middle-East. His main research areas are geopolitics, strategic foresight and political communication and information strategies. He is author of series of publications in the above-mentioned fields.


Alexandre LAMBERT
Alexandre Lambert, Academic Director of GIGS,  holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. Dr. Lambert has been lead researcher on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) at the Graduate Institute, project officer at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), and a civil servant at the Swiss Federal Department of Defense. He also provides independent policy advice to the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation (FSC), including in the context of its regional operations in the Western Balkans, South Caucasus, and Central Asia. Dr. Lambert has published in the field of international politics and history and international security.




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