Switzerland: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy (Summer)

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Gyula Csurgai, Academic Director

Gyula Csurgai, PhD, Academic Director
Mr. Csurgai was born in Hungary and holds Swiss citizenship. 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) and has 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.

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Recent publications include:
  • “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), 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 RMS, Revue Militaire Suisse, Lausanne, March-April 2007
  • Quelques considérations sur les facteurs géopolitiques de la Suisse (Some Considerations on the Geopolitical Factors of Switzerland)  RMS, 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.
  • Les enjeux géopolitiques des ressources naturelles (Geopolitical stakes of natural resources), 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 

Dr. Alexandre Lambert, Academic Director

Alexandre Lambert, PhD, Academic Director
Alexandre Lambert is Swiss, and, despite his French name, his mother tongue is German. He originally graduated from the University of Zurich where he studied history, philosophy, and political science and later earned a PhD in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (GI), Geneva. He has been academic director and professor at SIT Geneva since 2007. Prior to this, Mr. Lambert was lead researcher as a special program at the GI on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE); founding fellow of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (a leading global center for security, development, and the rule of law); and civil servant at the security policy section of the General Secretariat of the Swiss Federal Department of Defense.

For more than a decade, Dr. Lambert, in his capacity as a world-leading expert on the OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security (a core normative document within the Euro-Atlantic/Eurasian security area), is providing senior policy consultancy to the OSCE and its politico-military body, the Forum for Security Cooperation, in support of the implementation process of the Code of Conduct. He is also a Fellow of a number of national and international academic civil society organizations such as the Swiss Foreign Policy Association, the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR), European Research Group on Armed Forces and Society (ERGOAS), and the Chicago-based Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (IUS). More recently, Dr. Lambert has been involved in a multi-stakeholder consultancy process elaborating an International Code of Conduct on Private Security Providers, and contributes as a Swiss Partnership for Peace representative to a NATO research group exploring ways to enhance civil-military working relations in defense organizations. Dr. Lambert has contributed to countless inter-governmental and nongovernmental conferences, workshops, and seminars and is mainly published in the fields of international organizations and security, civil-military relations, and security sector governance.

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Main Articles:
  • International Security, in: Nigel Young (editor in chief), The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace: Oxford, January 2010. 
  • Democracy by Force, in: James Forest & Isaiah Wilson (eds.), Handbook of Defense Politics: International and Comparative Perspectives, Routledge 2008, 46-63
  • Comprehensive Security in Response to New Threats, in: Alexandre Vautravers (ed.): Globalization of Security Trends and Perspectives (Security Forum 2007), Geneva (Webster University), 2008, 214-239.
  • Democratic Security Governance and Multilateral Cooperation: The European Approach, in: Vincent Chetail (ed.): Conflicts, Security and Cooperation (Liber Amicorum Victor-Yves Ghébali), Brussels: Bruylant, 2007, 429-446.
  • Implementation of Democratic Control of Armed Forces in the OSCE Region: Lessons from the OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security, DCAF, Occasional Papers, No. 11, Geneva, Geneva, 2006; free download 
  • Les interventions militaires de l’Union Européenne dans les Balkans, in : Revue Relations Internationales, No. 125 (2006), 59-72 ;Categorization of Democratic Civilian Control, DCAF, Working Papers, No. 164 (2005); free download.
  • Categorization of Democratic Civilian Control, DCAF, Working Papers, No. 164 (2005); free download at: http://www.dcaf.ch/_docs/WP164.pdf.
  • The Contribution of the OSCE to the International Fight Against Terrorism, Graduate Institute, Program for the Study of International Organizations, Occasional Paper 1 (2003), 111-124.

Costs Dates

Credits: 9

Duration: 6 weeks

Program Base: Geneva

Language Study: French

Prerequisites: None required, but students with at least basic French proficiency will be at a linguistic advantage. Read more...


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