Brussels, Belgium

Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies

blended course
when 27 June 2023 - 7 July 2023
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1650

Europe and the wider world face complex, multifaceted and fundamental security challenges at an ever-expansive scale. Whether it is ‘new threats’ such as cybersecurity, the impact of environmental degradation on security and livelihoods, the societal impacts of the impending ‘robotics and artificial intelligence revolution’ or the resurgence of ‘classical threats’, such as nuclear proliferation, arms races, regional conflicts, information warfare, hybrid warfare and the challenges of peacekeeping, peacebuilding and conflict resolution, the next generation of students and analysts must be literate in the analytical tools and policy-oriented solutions to a widerange of security problems.

To this end, since 2018, the Global Governance Institute (GGI), the Belgian Royal Military Academy, and a network of senior scholars and policy-makers from international organisations (such as NATO, the European Union and the United Nations) team up every summer to deliver a unique 10-day intensive summer school from the political capital of Europe. This summer school brings together theoretical and policy-oriented perspectives from peace studies, security studies and strategic studies. Students will learn first-hand from some of the leading scholars and senior practitioners about major security challenges and how to apply concrete policy solutions in an integrative manner.

Course leader

Belgian Royal Military Academy & Global Governance Institute

Target group

The 5th GPSSS will be delivered in a hybrid format, simultaneously available on site in Brussels and online. Participants can choose the format that best suits their situation and learning style, and register for one of the two learning experiences. All learning and social activities are designed and delivered with a focus on engagement and continuous interaction among students, lecturers and invited speakers. The programme provides ample opportunities for exchange and peer learning, exclusive insights from officials and practitioners, and a combination of active learning methods that will ultimately deliver a unique learning experience. On site participants will have the chance to experience Brussels and take part in networking activities and thematic visits to European institutions.

The summer school is open to highly motivated undergraduate or graduate students from all academic backgrounds currently enrolled at an institution of higher education, as well as practitioners with a strong interest in contemporary issues of global peace, security and strategic studies.

Credits info

6 EC
The Royal Military Academy and GGI will award 6 ECTS credits for successful completion of the summer school. This can be achieved if students attend all sessions, take part in the final simulation and complete one written assignment.

Fee info

EUR 1650: GPSSS in Brussels

The fee includes access to all sessions, learning materials and digital learning platform, meals, coffee and refreshments throughout all 10 days, as well as the welcome dinner, graduation ceremony reception, and social activities in Brussels.
EUR 950: GPSSS Online

The fee includes online access to all sessions (synchronously streamed and interactive), learning materials and digital learning platform.