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4 Saturdays

Mornings and Afternoon sessions

Date of the course will be announced 



The objective of this study programme is to introduce the main components of geopolitical analysis. 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.


The Course takes place in Geneva


Duration and Schedule

4 Saturdays:

Morning and Afternoon sessions

Mornings from 9-12 and Afternoons from 2pm-5pm

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Application Deadline:


Language:  English


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


Tuition fee: 1’300 CHF.    Graduate students 700 CHF
This fee does not cover travel, accommodation, meals and health insurance expenses. 


Admission Requirements 

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






Introduction to Geopolitics


Enduring and Variable Factors of Geopolitical Analysis Method 


Geopolitical Schools of Thought


Geopolitics of Energy


Strategic Foresight Methodology 


Geopolitical Scenario Building 


Disinformation Strategies and Geostrategic Stakes in Contemporary Conflicts






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).



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).  Mr. Csurgai teaches Geopolitics, Geoeconomics and Competitive Intelligence at GIGS and at different universities in Switzerland. He organized seven international geopolitical symposiums and in each case directed the publications of its proceedings. He has participated in several international research projects and has provided expertise to a number of international organizations and governments. 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, Geopolitics and Demography, Penthes editions, Geneva, 2013, Geopolitics: Schools of Thought, Method of Analysis and Case Studies, Edition de Penthes, Geneva, 2009.


Goran Jovanovic holds a Doctorate and Master Degrees in International Relations (University of Geneva, Switzerland), Postgraduate Diploma in American Studies (Smith College, Mass, USA), and Bachelor in Sociology (University of Belgrade, Serbia). He 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. He is author of series of publications in the above-mentioned fields.


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If you cannot attend the whole program you can select different lectures 


For more information please contact the Institute.