Brussels, Belgium

Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies

when 29 June 2020 - 10 July 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1950

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 wide range 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.

Course leader

Major Koen Troch - Belgian Royal Military Academy & Dr. Eitan Buchalter - Global Governance Institute

Target group

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.

Course aim

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 (from, inter alia, the EU, NATO, UN and NGOs) about major security challenges and how to apply concrete policy solutions in an integrative manner.

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 1950: The programme fee covers all course modules, full-board accommodation on the campus of the Royal Military Academy located in the center of Brussels’ diplomatic district (EU Quarter/Schuman), breakfast, lunch and refreshments as well as all course materials.
EUR 1800: Early bird fee for applications received before 15 April 2020.


Scholarships of up to 25% of the tuition fee are available for excellent students on a needs-merit assessment.