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Currency wars, economic intelligence strategies, economic warfare, indirect strategies and methods of state capitalism are among the various factors that impact increasingly contemporary power rivalries. Mainstream economic theories on international exchanges are not reflecting all aspects of international economic relations in which economic decisions are often fashioned along the tactics and strategies advocated by Sun Tzu and Machiavelli; moreover, these decisions are often influenced by “non-market” factors. Geoeconomic analysis integrates various “non-market” factors, strategic frameworks, cultural, historical and geographic parameters, among others to decipher the complexity of contemporary economic power rivalries.



The principal objective of this study programme is to introduce the main components  of  geoeconomic  analysis  and  economic  intelligence.  The course  adopts  an  interdisciplinary  approach  that  incorporates  economic,  financial,   geographic,   demographic,   historic,   cultural   and   political   factors,  in  order  to  examine  the  geoeconomic  aspects  of  contemporary  International Relations. The evolving strategic position of the nation state in  the  context  of  globalisation  and  economic  competition  is  analysed.  Economic intelligence strategies  and  different  approaches  to  develop  geoeconomic  dispositions  are  discussed.  Having  completed  this  study  program, participants are expected to demonstrate the ability to identify the different parameters taken into consideration in geoeconomic analysis, to analyse different strategic frameworks of states and private corporations to enhance their power positions in international economic relations and to integrate geoeconomic factors in the decision making processes


Programme Highlights and Learning Outcomes

  • Develop the ability to apply geoeconomic analysis in different case study situations;
  • Integrate geoeconomic factors in decision making processes;
  • Develop the ability to apply economic intelligence strategies;
  • 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 in various economic sectors, public servants, diplomats, employees of International Organisations, graduate students, and other interested individuals.


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


The Course takes place in Geneva


Duration and Schedule

Application form


Application Deadline:


Language:  English


Certificate of participation will be awarded by GIGS upon completion of the course. 


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 any financial aid to attend the course


Admission Requirements

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



  • Introduction to Geoeconomics


  • Economic Power Rivalries and Economic Warfare: Historical Perspectives


  • The Strategic State and Geoeconomic Disposition


  • Instruments of Geoeconomic Strategies  


  • Economic Intelligence


  • Geoeconomic –Economic Warfare Exercise: Analysis, Foresight and Strategic Choices





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, Brazil and Curacao. 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 most recent publications are: Geoeoconomic Strategies and Economic Intelligence in Advances in Geoeconomics, Ed. J.M. Munoz, Routledge, 2017 and  Geopolitical Analysis: A Multidimensional Approach to Analyze Power Rivalries in International Relations,  in press.



Mr. Laris GAISER graduated in Public Comparative Law at University of Verona, and obtained his Master at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies of Milano.  He holds a Doctorate in Economic Intelligence from the University Guglielmo Marconi of Rome. Dr. Gaiser has been lecturing on Economic Intelligence, International Relations and Security at different universities in Slovenia, Italy and a considerable number of other countries. Dr. Gaiser was former Vice President of the Euro Mediterranean University – EMUNI and worked as strategic advisor of the Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs.  At present, he is Associate Professor of Security Studies at the Department of Government and European Studies of the University “Nova Univerza” in Slovenia.  Dr. Gaiser is a Senior Fellow as well at the Center for the Study of Global Issues at University of Georgia (USA), visiting lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and member of the Italian Team for Security, Terrorist Issues and Managing Emergencies at Catholic University of Milano.  Dr. Gaiser is author of several publications in the field of economic intelligence, security and geoeconomics. His most recent book is: Economic Intelligence and World Governance - Reinventing States for a New World Order (Il Cerchio, San Marino, 2016)


For more information please contact the Institute.