Thursday, 21 May 2020, marks the United Nations’ World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This year raises the question: why does cultural diversity matter? Col (GS) Christian Bühlmann, GCSP’s Head of Diplomatic Dialogue, shares his experience of learning about and understanding cultural differences in order to succeed in his work.

On 27 August, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) hosted 30 staff members from the Finnish National Defence University Postgraduate Programme (FNDU). They were welcomed by Colonel (GS) Christian Bühlmann, Head of Diplomatic Dialogue, as well as Mr Alexander Jahns and Ms Natalie McNally, both Junior Programme Officers at the GCSP.

The GCSP hosted a new round of security dialogue with the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS), affiliated to the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Korea, on 9 July 2019 in Geneva. Both institutions have been holding a security dialogue for several years, alternatively in Geneva and Seoul, in line with the GCSP policy of promoting dialogue with all Korean actors, from the South and the North of the Peninsula.

The Swiss Professional Officers Training Course 2 (SPOT 2 / WAL 2) was held at the GCSP from Monday 24 until Friday 28 JuneThis one week-long course is aimed at Swiss professional (regular) colonels attending the Weiterausbildungslehrgang 2 (WAL 2). GCSP provided expert training on international. The course was directed by Colonel (GS) Christian Bühlmann, Head of Diplomatic Dialogue and coordinated by Mr Thierry Randon.