GPSSS Summer School

GPSSS Summer School

Summer Programme in Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies

Jointly organized by the Global Governance Institute (GGI) and the Belgian Royal Military Academy (RMA) in Brussels from 29 June to 10 July 2020


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, the Global Governance Institute (GGI),  the Belgian Royal Military Academy, and a network of senior scholars and policy-makers from international organizations (such as NATO, the European Union and the United Nations) have teamed up to deliver a unique 10-day intensive summer school in the heart 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.

Download the GPSSS 2020 brochure to discover the full programme content and schedule, learning outcomes and teaching faculty



GPSSS 2020 will take place from 29 June to 10 July 2020.The first meeting will start at 9 am on Monday 29 June and the school will end with a closing ceremony and lunch reception on Friday 10 July 2020. All lectures will take place, unless otherwise stated, at the Royal Military Academy (RMA).


All lectures and classes will take place on the premises of the Belgian Royal Military Academy (Hobbemastraat 8, 1000 Brussels), located in the center of Brussels’ diplomatic district and with excellent metro connections (Schuman or Maelbeek) to anywhere in Brussels. The programme fee includes full-board accommodation, including breakfast, lunch and dinner on the premises of the Royal Military Academy.


The Royal Military Academy and the Global Governance Institute 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 in the form of a policy paper. Students’ institutions will decide whether and how to integrate the credits into their educational programmes.


The programme is open to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at a recognized higher education institution or recently graduated, as well as practitioners. Applicants need to fill out the summer school application form.


  • Early Bird Price for those paying in full before 15 April 2020: 1,800€
  • Price for those paying in full after 15 April 2020: 1.950€
  • Please note that if you are offered a place the final deadline for payment is 15 June 2020.
  • Scholarships of up to 25% reduction are available for outstanding students. Please send an e-mail for further information.


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