Geopolitical Analysis

This Certificate course consists of three weekend seminars

1.The Essentials of Geopolitical Analysis     

2. Strategic Foresight and Geopolitical Scenario Building

3.  Part 1: Geostrategy: Means and Practices /  Part 2: The Belt and Road Initiative in an Evolving Geopolitical Context    

Schedule of the seminars:

Friday evening: 6:30 PM – 9 PM    / Saturday morning:  9:30 AM – 12:30PM – Saturday afternoon:  2:30 PM- 5 PM


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 the concepts and method of geopolitical analysis, identity factors and geopolitical representations, as well as the application of strategic analysis, foresight and geopolitical scenario building. 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.



  • 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;
  • Construct geopolitical scenarios;
  • Integrate strategic foresight in decision making processes;
  • Enhance critical thinking to assess media coverage on international events;
  • 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.


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


Tuition fee: 1250 CHF   Students: 750 CHF

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

GIGS does not offer financial aid to attend its courses.


Bachelor degree obtained and English language proficiency.

If you cannot attend the whole program you can select different seminars.

Application deadline:

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A Certificate in Geopolitical Analysis can be obtained upon completion of the course.


Executive Seminar 1  

The Essentials of Geopolitical Analysis

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Dates: Friday 2 October – Saturday 3 October  2020

This seminar introduces the main components and methodology of geopolitical analysis and integrates a case study assessment and exercise.

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Executive Seminar 2

Strategic Foresight and Geopolitical Scenario Building

Dates: Please contact GIGS concerning the dates of this seminar

The principal objective of this Executive Seminar is to introduce the main elements of strategic foresight and to integrate a case study analysis on geopolitical scenario building.


Executive Seminar 3

Part 1:  Geostrategy: Means and Practices

Part 2: The Belt and Road Initiative in an Evolving Geopolitical Context

Dates:  Please contact GIGS concerning the dates of this seminar

The principal objective of the first session of this Executive Seminar is to provide an overview on the different means that can be used to achieve geopolitical objectives.  In the second session the main aspects of the Belt and Road Initiative are examined from a geopolitical perspective.



Mr. Gyula CSURGAI obtained his Doctorate from the University of Geneva. His doctorate research focused on the development of the geopolitical analysis method and its application in different case study situations.  Ho holds as well Degrees in Political Science from the University of Concordia (Canada) and the University of Toulouse (France).  Dr. Csurgai earned Postgraduate Degrees in European Studies from the European Institute at University of Geneva and from the department of Philosophy from the same university. Dr. Csurgai has taught geopolitics, geoeconomics, strategy, international relations and diplomacy for undergraduate, masters, and doctorate programs at different universities in Switzerland and in other countries. He has participated in several international research projects and has provided expertise to a number of international organizations, governments and private corporations.  Dr. Csurgai is co-founder of the Geneva Institute of Geopolitical Studies. He published several books and articles in the fields of geopolitics, geoeconomics, economic intelligence, and international relations. He recently published the book  “Geopolitical Analysis: A Multidimensional Approach to Analyse Power Rivalries in International Relations” Aracne Editrice, Rome, Italy, 2019.


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, political communication and information strategies. He is author of series of publications in the above-mentioned fields.


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 in 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 Defence. 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 books and articles in the field of international politics and history and international security.  Currently his research mainly focuses on the  geopolitics of Eurasia and the Belt and Road Initiative.

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