Gyula Csurgai, PhD, Academic Director
Dr. Gyula Csurgai was born in Hungary and holds Swiss and Canadian citizenships. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Geneva and a degree in political science from the University of Concordia (Canada) and the University of Toulouse (France). He earned a postgraduate degree in European studies from the European Institute at the University of Geneva.
Dr. Csurgai worked as scientific collaborator at the Geneva International Peace Research Institute (GIPRI). He was director of the International Center for Geopolitical Studies. He taught international relations, geopolitics, and geo-economics for undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate programs at different universities. Dr. Csurgai has organized seven international symposiums and in each case directed the publications of its proceedings. He has participated in several international research projects and has provided expertise to a number of international organizations. He has been collaborating with the SIT Study Abroad program in Geneva since 1997. He became the program’s academic director in January 2002.
Read Dr. Csurgai's full CV.
His publications include:
- Conflits en Zone Urbaine (Conflicts in Urban Zones), Editions Polémarque, Nancy, 2013.
- Geopolitics and Demography, Gyula Csurgai (ed.), Penthes Editions, Geneva, 2013.
- Geopolitical and Geo-Economic Analysis of the S.W.F. Issue: Sovereign Wealth Funds and Power Rivalries, LAP, Germany, 2011.
- Geopolitics: Schools of Thought, Method of Analysis and Case Studies, Edition de Penthes, Geneva, 2009.
- Les enjeux géopolitiques des ressources naturelles (Geopolitical Stakes of Natural Ressources), L’Age d’Homme, Lausanne, 2006.
- La nation et ses territoires en Europe centrale: une approche géopolitique (The Nation and Its Territories in Central Europe: A Geopolitical Approach), Peter LANG, Bern, 2005.
- Quelles perspectives géopolitiques pour l’Europe? (What Are the Geopolitical Perspectives for Europe?) L’Age d’Homme, Lausanne, 2004.
- Géopolitique, religions et civilisations – quelles perspectives pour le XXI siècle? (Geopolitics, Religions and Civilizations – Which Perspectives for the 21st Century?) L’Age d’Homme, Lausanne, 2003.
Articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings:
- "Geoeconomics and Competitive Intelligence and their Influences on Power Rivalries and Security," National Defense University, Romania, Bucharest, 2013.
- "From Nation-State to the Multinational State: Thoughts on the Concept and Practice of Autonomy and Self-Government in Europe from a Geopolitical Point of View," published in International Seminar on Representativeness and Legitimacy in Autonomy Negotiations, Kingdom of Morocco, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, 2013.
- "Le rôle de l’Asie dans la réorientation stratégique actuelle des Etats-Unis: quelques considérations géopolitiques" (The Role of Asia in the Actual Strategic Reorientation of the United States: Some Geopolitical Considerations), Revue Militaire Suisse, July 2012.
- "Geopolitics, Economic Warfare and Access to Natural Resources," in Access to Resources and the International Community, A. Vautravers (ed), Webster University, Geneva, 2011.
- "Identity Conflicts, Nationalism and Geopolitics in Central and South-East Europe," in Webster Security Forum, Webster University, Geneva, 2010.
- "Geo-Economic Rivalries of States," in Nigel Young (editor-in-chief), in The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace, Oxford, 2010.
- "Constant and Variable Factors of Geopolitical Analysis," in Geopolitics: Schools of Thought, Method of Analysis and Case Studies, Gyula Csurgai (ed.), Edition de Penthes, Geneva, 2009.
- "Sovereign Wealth Funds: Strategies of Geo-Economic Power Projections," in Otto Hieronymi (ed.), Globalization and the Reform of the International and Banking and Monetary System, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
- "Geopolitics, Geo-Economics and Competitive Intelligence in Power Projection Strategies of the State in the 21st Century," in Conferência Nacional de Política Externa e Política Internacional - o Brasil no mundo que vem aí, Fundação Alexandre de Gusmão, Brasilia, 2008.
- "The Use of Geopolitical Approach in Analyzing Contemporary Conflicts," in Globalization of Security Trends and Perspectives, Webster University, Geneva, 2008.
- "L’idée républicaine en Europe Centrale" (Republican ideology in Central Europe), in L’idée républicaine dans le monde, Ed. Emmanuel Dupuy et Paul Baquiast , Harmattan, Paris 2007.
- "Composantes et caractéristiques de la stratégie de désinformation" (Constituents and Characteristics of Disinformation Strategies), in Revue Militaire Suisse, Lausanne, March–April 2000.
- "Quelques considérations sur les facteurs géopolitiques de la Suisse" (Some Considerations on the Geopolitical Factors of Switzerland), in Revue Militaire Suisse, Lausanne, 2006.
- "Les zones grises des Balkans," (Grey Zones in the Balkans), in Les zones grises dans le monde d’aujourd’hui, L’Harmattan, Paris, 2006.
Heikki S. Mattila, PhD, Academic Advisor
Heikki S. Mattila holds an MA (economics and sociology) from the University of Helsinki and a PhD (sociology) from the University of Geneva. An expert in international migration, Dr. Mattila combines work experience in government, international organizations, and academia. Dr. Mattila worked in 1990–95 in the Finnish Ministry of Labor, in the secretariat for the Advisory Board in Migration and Refugee Affairs, and at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in 1995–2008, first in Helsinki at the regional office for the Nordic and the Baltic States, then in the Migration Research Division at the IOM Headquarters in Geneva, and finally, at the IOM’s Regional Office for Central and Southeastern Europe in Budapest. In 2011–2014, Dr. Mattila did work for IOM, consulting on migration policy development in Nigeria and Turkey and field assessment of migrants’ humanitarian needs in Chad; lately, he has coordinated IOM’s research on internal displacement in Iraq.
Dr. Mattila has a longstanding cooperation with SIT; since the late 1990s, he has briefed undergraduate classes on migration and advised students doing Independent Study Projects on migration or related topics. During the fall 2010 semester, Dr. Mattila served as assistant academic director for SIT’s International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy program in Geneva. He has also lectured at Webster University in Geneva, at Central European University in Budapest, and at the NATO Defense College in Rome.
Dr. Mattila has written articles on human trafficking, irregular migration, and migrants’ human rights, and his research interests include migrants’ health, reproductive rights, and comparative health systems.
Dr. Mattila has written or co-edited the books “You Want a Multicultural Immigration Country, But We don’t Want It.” Ideologies, Interests and Discursive Strategies in German Parliamentary Debate on the 2004 Migration Law (June 2014); Between Sanctions and Rights: Addressing the Irregular Employment of Immigrants in the European Union (September 2008); Permanent or Circular Migration? Policy Choices to Address Demographic Decline and Labour Shortages in Europe (June 2008); and Between Demand and Supply. Regional Analysis of the Supply and Demand for Sexual Services and Trafficking in Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia (April 2007).
Aline Dunant, Academic Coordinator
Aline Dunant has been working with the SIT Switzerland: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy program since 2007. She is a Swiss citizen, from the Francophone part of Switzerland. She studied liberal arts at the University of Geneva and holds a master’s degree in French literature.
Prior to working for SIT Study Abroad, Aline worked for three years as a coordinator for the Geneva International Film Festival and taught French language and culture to international students for a few years.
As an academic coordinator, Aline assists the academic director in the coordination of the different components of the program, teaches in the Research Methods and Ethics course, and advises students in the development of their field research.
Lecturers for this program typically include:
Professor Alexandre Vautravers, PhD
A Swiss and EU national, Alexandre Vautravers holds a PhD in contemporary history from the University of Lyon and a PhD in social and economic sciences from the University of Geneva. He is currently associate professor at the International Relations Department at Webster University Geneva. His areas of specialization include refugee studies, international economics, history and political science, human rights, and international nongovernmental organizations (INGO). His areas of research and publications include international relations, conflict studies and conflict resolution, strategy and military doctrines, humanitarian action, technology, and the politics of international economic relations.
Alexandre Vautravers is a lieutenant-colonel (GS) in the Swiss Armed Forces and has been commander of the 17th Tank Battalion since 2009. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Revue Militaire Suisse (RMS), an independent journal published since 1856.
Professor Michel Veuthey, PhD
Michel Veuthey is vice president of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law and professeur associé at the Institut du Droit de la Paix et du Développement (IDPD) of Nice University (France). Dr. Veuthey had a long career (1967–2000) with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva as a specialist in international humanitarian law. He worked in many capacities at the ICRC, including as a member of the legal division during the preparatory works and sessions of the Diplomatic Conference on the Reaffirmation and Development of International Humanitarian Law Applicable in Armed Conflicts (1974–1977); as head of the international organizations division; as Delegate General for Europe and North America; as assistant to the ICRC president; as Head of Delegation, ICRC Regional Delegation for Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean (Pretoria); and as legal advisor for the 50th Anniversary of the 1949 Geneva Conventions. He also carried out short field assignments in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
Dr. Veuthey holds a bachelor of laws (1965) and doctor of laws (1976) from the University of Geneva. He has lectured widely on international humanitarian law and is the author of a book and many articles on the subject. He was a member of the board of MSF-Switzerland for four years (2000–2004) and was the academic director of the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA), organized in New York, Geneva, and Dublin (2000–2003). He has been the director of the Summer Courses on International Humanitarian Law in San Remo since 2000. He has been president of the Cercle des Amitiés Internationales in Geneva since 2005.
Professor Goran Jovanovic, PhD
Goran Jovanovic is a professor of international relations and media and communication at the International University in Geneva. He teaches courses on globalization, foreign policy and decision-making, political communication, and future issues in international relations. Goran Jovanovic also works for several international institutions in Geneva and abroad. He was a scientific director of the Audiovisual Unit at the Graduate Institute of International Studies (2000–2005) and International Relations Department Head at the International University in Geneva (2007–2011). Goran Jovanovic holds a doctorate in international relations from the University of Geneva.
Professor Anselm Zurfluh, PhD
Born (1953) and raised in Switzerland, Anselm Zurfluh graduated from the Université de Nice, France, in 1983. He holds a doctorate in history on historical demography and mentalities and in 1991 obtained a doctorate in ethnology on a socio-cultural isolate in a Swiss Alpine region. His areas of specialization include demography, anthropology, and modern European civilization and culture. His research interests include culture and history, particularly Alpine and European civilization before the French Revolution. He was a professor at the Stiftsschule Einsiedeln from1981 to 1989 as well as a researcher, editor, publisher, and advisor at the Minister of Educational Affairs of the Académie de Nice. He also served as assistant at the Université d’Avignon (history of art).
In 2001, Dr. Zurfluh was appointed director of the Institute and Museum of the Swiss Abroad in Geneva. He is the author, editor, and coordinator of several books and scientific publications in German, French, and Italian.
Professor Khalid Koser, PhD
Dr. Koser is academic dean and head of the New Issues in Security Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He is also a non-resident senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, a research associate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, a non-resident fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, and an associate fellow at Chatham House. Dr. Koser is chair of the UK’s Independent Advisory Group on Country Information and editor of the Journal of Refugee Studies.
Vicente Paolo B. Yu III, Programme Coordinator, South Centre's Global Governance for Development Programme
Mr. Yu’s work includes overseeing the policy research and analysis as well as the provision of technical and legal advice by the South Centre through the Global Governance for Development Programme to developing country delegations on global political, economic, social, and environmental issues (such as United Nations reform, Bretton Woods institutions governance, WTO institutional decision-making processes, the WTO dispute settlement mechanism, human rights, migration, and environment). He obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of the Philippines and his master of laws degree (specializing in international trade law and international environmental law) from Georgetown University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Prior to joining the South Centre, he served as a WTO program officer in Geneva and for Friends of the Earth International (FOEI) and was also a staff attorney and head of research and policy development at the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center (LRC) in the Philippines. He also taught at the University of the Philippines College of Law and the University of Tulsa College of Law. He has published papers and articles on issues relating to trade and the environment, sustainable development, environmental policy, and indigenous people’s rights.