Maastricht, Netherlands

Geopolitical Scenario Planning: National Security, Territorial/Maritime Conflicts and Foreign Policy Strategy

when 27 July 2020 - 31 July 2020
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 598

The melting Arctic ice cap, the disputed South China Sea boundaries and the tense situation in Kashmir underline the importance of territorial and maritime conflicts in international relations. This Summer School helps you to better understand and manage the related geopolitical uncertainty. The central question is how scenario planning can help you imagine plausible futures of territorial and maritime conflicts. Interactive lectures and workshops teach you to identify the geopolitical drivers of inter-state conflicts, and use these drivers to write geopolitical scenarios. This Summer School also enables you to assess the impact of your scenarios on the foreign policy strategy of the involved states. To do this, you learn to analyze common notions of national security and national interests in these states. To apply your newly developed skills, you do a few assignments about an inter-state conflict of your choice. Step-by-step, you become more familiar with a basic, yet effective approach towards scenario planning, which has proven to be an excellent starting point to study more advanced approaches after the course.

Course leader

Dr. L.A.S. van Efferink

Target group

Basic knowledge of geopolitical trends and concepts is recommended.

Aimed at Bachelor/Master/PhD students in International Relations, Political Sciences, Political Geography, Economics, Business and Finance. Moreover, various professionals and students with other backgrounds also successfully completed earlier editions of this course. If in doubt, please contact Maastricht Summer School.

Course aim

▪ Understanding how national security as a key national interest can be defined by states;
▪ Designing an analytical framework to study the role of geopolitical, geo-economic and geostrategic factors in foreign policy;
▪ Writing scenarios for areas that are contested by multiple states and exploring plausible responses by these states;
▪ Finding, selecting and interpreting open-source data;
▪ Developing your critical thinking skills by productively combining knowledge, assumptions and questions;
▪ Boosting your employability by acquiring valuable skills required for positions in business, government and academia.

Fee info

EUR 598: Tuition fee


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