Summer School

Summer School

Summer School in Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies (GPSSS)

Jointly organized by the Global Governance Institute (GGI) and the Belgian Royal Military Academy (RMA) in Brussels from 15 to 26 July 2019

Download the GPSSS Summer School Brochure

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) – an independent international think tank based in Brussels – 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.


  • Understand the basics of peace, security and strategic studies and geopolitics
  • Understand the history, functioning and impact of the major international organizations, such as the EU, NATO and United Nations
  • Explore the issues that are relevant for international security today and how they are shaping the international environment in the future
  • Expand professional networks through interaction with fellow students, academics, senior policy-makers, military experts and peace activists
  • Engage closely with leading practitioners and learn from their Brussels experience
  • Test, develop and apply the acquired knowledge in real-life scenarios and active simulations
  • Discover a multicultural and diverse capital of global policy-making, with a rich historyand culture
  • Students receive a Certificate of Completion worth 6 ECTS Credits (3 US Credits) upon successfully passing all assignments.


Theoretical Perspectives : An Introduction

During the foundation sessions, students will study the major theories in the fields of security, peace and strategicstudies and will acquire the ability to analyze, assess and evaluatemajor assumptions behind core paradigms and policy decisions.Sessions on peace, security and strategic studiescombined with an introduction to geopolitics will allow students toconduct a thorough analysis of contemporary security issuesfrom a European and Global perspective.

The institutions: The Major Actors

With the help of a variety of lectures and in-depth expert seminarsstudents will be given both a critical academic and intimate internal perspective on the history, policies and outcomes of the majorinternational organizations present in Brussels that deal with European and global security issues. Students will understand that almost every organization tries to tackle a large number of security problems but that none of them can deal with all these problems on their own, necessitating comprehensive and integrative approaches.

Major issues and challenges

Once students have understood core theoretical explanations as well asthe opportunities and limitations of the major actors and tools, a variety of interactive lectures, seminars and exercises will be provided to allow students to analyze the main peace, security and strategic challenges that policy-makers face today and will in all likelihood face in the near future. Ranging from ‘traditional’ challenges, such as war and conflict, geopolitical rivalries, terrorism, global economic governance and the promotion of human rights, the summer school will also explore more recent issues, such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and the robotics revolution as well as environmental security, the migration-security nexus and the impact of populism and extremism on security.

Potential Solutions and Practical Skills

The summer school will challenge students to not only ask the right questions, but also to collectively think about innovative, yet implementable policy solutions.Senior practitioners and think tank experts will share their insights into theirpolicy work, scenario-building and ‘blue sky thinking’. Students will also receivetraining on diplomatic mediation and negotiation as well as rare insights into the inner workings of international policy-making.

Deepening and Applying your Understanding: Simulating the Integrative Approach

At the end of the intensive 10 days, students will apply and test their knowledgeand understanding with the help of an interactive simulation. Students will be guided by experts from the field and will work in groups on a major issuerelated to global peace, security and strategy-making, through the lenses of governments, NGOs and international organizations.

Cultural and Social Activities & Study Trips

Experiential learning and networking takes also place outside the walls of the lecture hall. To this end, the 10-day intensive summer school also includes social gatherings, the explorationof Brussels and its wider neighbourhood as well as study trips to the European Parliamentarium and sites of interest. The summer school opens and closes with a welcome and ‘stay in touch’ reception and BBQ.


The Summer school 2019 will take place from 15 to 26 of July 2019.The first meeting will start at 10am on Monday 15 July and the school will end with a closing ceremony and BBQ on Friday 26 July 2019. 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 the credits can be integrated in an educational program.


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


Early Bird Price for those paying in full before 15 May 2019: 1,800€
Price for those paying in full after 15 May 2018: 1.950€

Please note that if you are offered a place the final deadline for payment is 29 June 2019.

Scholarships of up to 25% reduction are available for outstanding students. Please send an e-mail for further information.

Download the GPSSS Summer School Brochure

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