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13th Annual Summer University Course


Geneva, 9-13 July 2018

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The principal objective of this study programme is to introduce the main concepts of geopolitics. The course adopts a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates strategic, geographic, historic, cultural and economic dimensions in order to facilitate a more profound understanding of contemporary international relations. Conferences will be held by leading international experts.

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


  • Dates: Program starts on Monday 9 July and ends on Friday 13 July 2018
  • Schedule: Conferences take place between 9-12 AM and 2:00 -5:00 PM.  
  • Location: Domaine de Penthes, 18, Chemin de l’Impératrice, 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. 



  • Participation fee: 1’200 CHF for professionals and 700 CHF for students.  (The registration fee does not cover travel, accommodation, meals and health insurance fees. GIGS does not offer financial aid to attend the summer course)



•  Develop the ability to apply the  geopolitical analysis method in different case study situations;

•  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.






Geopolitical Schools of Thought

David Criekemans


Geopolitical Factors of Switzerland

Alexandre Lambert


Introduction to Strategy: Concepts, Constituents and Practices.

Alexandre Vautravers


Enduring and Variable Factors of Geopolitical Analysis

Interactive Geopolitical Exercise: Analysis, Foresight and Strategic Choices

Gyula Csurgai


Geopolitics of Energy

David Criekemans


Geopolitics, Geoeconomics and  Economic Intelligence 

► Gyula Csurgai



Geopolitics of Religions 

Manlio Graziano


Geopolitics of Islam

► Manlio Graziano


The European Crisis in the Long Cycle Perspective

Bernard Wicht








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 Associate 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. Manlio Graziano, holds a doctorate from the University of Grenoble.  He teaches Geopolitics at the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy in Paris, and at Sorbonne University. He also taught at the “École supérieure de Relations Internationales” in Lyon and the LUISS University in Rome.  He is a member of the editorial staff for the journal Outre-terre (Paris) and for the journal Geopolitical Affairs (London), and frequently collaborates with Limes, the Italian Geopolitical Review.  He published among others: Il secolo cattolico. La strategia geopolitica della Chiesa, Rome, 2010; Barcelona, 2012; The Failure of Italian Nationhood: The Geopolitics of a Troubled Identity, Palgrave-Macmillan, New York, 2010;  Holy War and Holy Alliance. Religions and Global Disorder in the 21st Century,  Columbia University Press 2017.


Mr. Alexandre Lambert, 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 of Geneva, 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.


Mr. Alexandre Vautravers, Holds Doctorate in Social, Economic Sciences and History from the Geneva University and the University of Lyon 2, France. Mr. Vautravers is an expert on strategic issues, security, global arms development and trade, consultant for several Swiss media and scientific Director of Hepta aero. He leads research teams for the Swiss Academy of Science and Technology and the Swiss Military History Commission. He is also the Chief Editor of the Swiss Military Review (RMS); and collaborator of GIGS. He published several books on strategic and security issues. Dr. Vautravers has taught international relations and strategy at various universities in Switzerland. Mr. Vautravers was head of the Department of International Relations at Webster University, Geneva and currently he is the Director of a Master program in Security Studies.


Mr. Bernard Wicht, holds a BA and a PhD in Law from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.  He was expert appointed to the European Commission and President of the Culture Committee at the Council of Europe.  Mr. Wicht is currently Head of International Affairs of the Swiss Conference of the Heads of Cantonal Public Education and  is Professor of strategic studies at Lausanne University's Institute of Political and International Studies.  Dr. Wicht published several books on the transformation of war, evolution of strategy and political systems in the long cycle perspective. He is also a lecturer and member of the Scientific Council of GIGS.




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Course location Domaine de Penthes

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