Sunday, November 4th, 29 participants from 14 countries attended the opening ceremony for the 12th GCSP’s orientation course for military officers, diplomats and senior officials involved in defence and diplomacy at the Royal Jordanian National Defence College (RJNDC) in Amman.
Depuis plus d’une décennie, le GCSP entretient des liens fructueux avec les Forces Armées du Sénégal, notamment avec le Centre des Hautes Études de Défense et de Sécurité (CHEDS) de Dakar créé en 2014. En particulier, depuis 2009, le GCSP organise chaque année à Dakar des cours destinés aux Attachés de défense et hauts fonctionnaires de l’Afrique de l’Ouest actifs dans le domaine de la politique de sécurité et la diplomatie.
Après avoir accueilli le Général de brigade Paul NDIAYE, Directeur du CHEDS, en août 2016, le GCSP avait l’honneur et le grand plaisir de recevoir en ce début de septembre 2018 le Général de Corps d’armée Cheikh GUEYE, Chef d’Etat-Major général des Armées (CEMGA) du Sénégal, accompagné de son aide de camp et d’un officier supérieur.
C’est en fait une fauvette mâle à tête noire (Sylvia atricapilla).
The participant were introduced to Swiss institutions, Swiss History, Swiss Facts, And Swiss Geography. They also pictured their perception of Switzerland. I stressed the complexity and the stability of the Swiss system.
Commanders and Legal Advisers play a pivotal role in implementing the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC), Human Rights Law (HRL) and rules governing the Use of Force in military operations. To discharge their operational tasks fully, they are increasingly required to understand the key legal principles at commanding levels and to apply them in both planning and execution. As a result, co-operation between commanders and legal advisers is also essential.
This international workshop is organised by Switzerland, in partnership with the GCSP, within the framework of the PfP Partnership Work Programme, Chapter XIII. It focuses on the current operational challenges, on case studies and practical exercises, preceded by contextual in-briefs by international experts and practitioners with operational experience.
During the following discussions, Gen Broeks expressed his interest for centres activities. He also underlined the advantage one gains through multinational trainings because, after a course, participants have created a long lasting network. He concluded by raising the importance of Humanitarian Law in modern conflicts and the need for an effective reform and governance of the security sector in conflict ridden regions.
According to NATO, the DGIMS “is responsible for the coordination between the decision-making bodies of the Alliance, the two Strategic Commanders, national military from NATO and Partner countries working in Brussels, and the civilian International Staff, that support the Secretary General and the North Atlantic Council, in order for the IMS to provide the best possible policy advice to the to the Military Committee”.
J’ai présenté une contribution au Emergency Forum 2018, consacré à l’infrastructure critique. J’affirme qu’au delà de la dimension technologique, la volonté de défense représente un élément incontournable à l’engagement militaire. Il faut la préserver, dans une démarche tournée vers le sens.
The students were on a week-long international trip where they were trained in conflict analysis and intervention planning. They also visited and get presentations from Geneva based organizations. They also had a tour of the UN and attended the 64th session of the UN CEDAW. They will fly back to Moscow next Monday.
Au cœur de la «Genève internationale», des cadres de l’armée suisse côtoient des homologues étrangers. Se retrouvant dans une «Maison de la Paix», les uns et autres échangent leurs points de vue. Directeur du programme de perspectives régionales, le colonel EMG Christian Bühlmann soutient que de telles rencontres contribuent à «la sécurité par la coopération».
(voir: l’ouvrage intitulé «Sicherheit – die Schweiz in einer unsicheren Welt», article de Christian Bühlmann, «La contribution du GCSP au rayonnement international de l’armée suisse», Berne, Stämpfli, 2017, pp. 181-185, accessible sous https://bcn.li/s/2017).
La prochaine fois, je prendrai un appareil photo, en espérant que les chamois seront encore de la partie.
Ma photo apparaît dans la revue Notre Armée de Milice. L’article est consacré au rapport de la br méc 1, le vendredi 9 février 2018, à Granges-Paccot.
Près de Bösingen, au confluent des confessions, des langues et des cantons, quatre postes ont été présentés: la diplomatie scientifique à l’exemple des chouettes, les chouettes comme acteur environemental, les chouettes comme modèle artistique et l’apport des chouettes au processus de paix. Nos amis du Proche-Orient ont convaincu les chefs de mission que l’environnement n’est pas seulement un facteur de conflit, mais qu’il peut aussi devenir facteur de paix.
Thanks to Alexandre Roulin for the chance to meet them, to see how they are ringed, and, of course the pleasure to meet again my friends from the Middle-East!
The event, held under Chatham House rule led to constructive and thought-provoking discussions on a wide range of topics related to conflict resolution in Georgia, the challenges that this process is facing, and possible ways forward. Following the crisis in and around Ukraine and the war in Syria, the international attention has been drawn away from this region. Thus the discussion on two important lessons: (1) the importance of the GID, which provides the only discussion forum between the participating parties, and (2) the urgent need to elevate the conflict between Russia and Georgia on the international agenda.
Around twenty participants from several Geneva-based Missions, including five Permanent Representatives, were present, and engaged actively in the discussion.
L’assemblée générale ordinaire de l’ASHSM a eu lieu le 26 mai 2018 au Musée Gutenberg à Fribourg.
The participants stressed the crucial role of the US-North Korea Summit (scheduled in principle on 12 June) and progress on the nuclear issue for the prospects of peace and normalization over the Korean Peninsula. They also looked at the current developments in the North-South interactions, such as the high level dialogue established by the April 27 Declaration, and the various areas of cooperation that could be considered once a peace process will possibly be set on track. Recognizing that the current diplomatic initiatives represent a turning point in the Korean Peninsula, the participants welcomed the commitments of the leaders of the US and North Korea towards meaningful negotiations.
Representatives of the Ministry of Unification and GCSP also explored the potential of cooperation between the two institutions.
This visit takes place in the framework of the GCSP policy of promoting dialogue on the Korean Peninsula.
- “Barn Owls Know no Boundaries” project brings people from Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority to work together on solving an environmental challenge. Such nature conservation efforts are beneficial for all communities. More often than not, these benefits go beyond biodiversity protection. Indeed, they may facilitate constructive dialog across divides in conflict zones. This pleads for the integration of nature conservation into peacebuilding interventions.
This event will present multiple approaches used in cross-border projects around the theme of nature conservation in the Middle East. These projects promote people-to-people activities using science, diplomacy and sport, and education, art and ecotourism as linking elements. The strength of this approach is that the projects are implemented in interaction with local actors (e.g. schools, farmers), universities, national leaders (politicians, economic leaders, non-governmental organisations) and the international community.
This event is jointly organised by University of Lausanne (UNIL), Tel Aviv University, and the Amman Center for Peace & Development. It will bring together experts explaining the unique case study of how cooperation on biodiversity protection can impact a peace process.
The panellists include:
- General Mansour Abu Rashid, chairman of the Amman Centre for Peace and Development, mandated by his Majesty King Hussein to prepare the peace treaty between Jordan and Israel in 1994.
- General Baruch Spiegel, mandated by the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to prepare the peace treaty between Jordan and Israel in 1994.
- Professor Yossi Leshem from Tel Aviv University.
- Professor Alexandre Roulin from the University of Lausanne
- The discussion will be chaired by:
- Ms Anna Brach, Human Security Cluster Responsible.
The discussions addressed the issues of denuclearization and build-up of a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula, against the background of renew uncertainties regarding the holding of a Summit meeting between the two leaders, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un, planned in June in Singapore, which could pave the way to a negotiated solution of the nuclear issue and a lasting peace over the Korean Peninsula.
Among various issues, the participants examined the respective roles and interests of the regional powers, the significance and meaning of the North Korean peace initiative, and the merits and limits of the various strategies aimed at solving the nuclear issue and advancing peace on the Korean Peninsula. The participants recognized the importance of the current diplomatic developments and the value of the efforts by the South Korean leadership and President Moon to facilitate dialogue and understanding between the DPRK and the US.
This visit takes place in the framework of the GCSP policy of promoting dialogue on the Korean Peninsula.
It was held in the context of the current opening dynamic between the DPRK, the US and the Republic of Korea. This seminar allowed the participants to better understand the different perspectives and to clarify possible outcomes. In an informal and open setting, this track 1.5 meeting, supported by MFAs from both sides, was very successful. The meeting offered Switzerland the opportunity to reassert its support for a peaceful diplomatic process in the region. All participants favour the continuation and consolidation of the CBM process in close future.
The participants originated from ministries of foreign affairs, defence, interior and civil society from countries in wider Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South and East Asia with Sri Lanka and Botswana represented for the first time.
The ceremony included remarks by GCSP Director Ambassador Christian Dussey, the Course Director Ms Anna Brach and statements by the course spokespersons.
The ESC is designed to deepen the participants’ understanding of the security policy challenges relative to Europe. The course examines European security within a regional and global context thus better assessing the interconnectedness of transnational threats and responses. The ESC places equal importance on the study of substantive issues, skills enhancement and the development of a community of security policy professionals among the participants.
We wish the graduates of the 22nd ESC 2018 continued success in their future endeavours, and look forward to our continued relationship with them through the GCSP Alumni Network and events.