Looking at diplomacy with fresh eyes

Looking at Diplomacy With Fresh Eyes STACY DANIKA SIA ALCANTARA, Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Philippines I came home exhausted from a string of meetings at work.  I had already marked my second year in the Philippine Foreign Service when I decided that it might be about time to stop, sit down, and … Continue reading Looking at diplomacy with fresh eyes


An American, a Russian, and an Iraqi walk into a bar…

Georgetown University Exchange Student, Meredith Forsyth, shares her experiences so far at GSD and living in the middle of Europe. An American, a Russian, and an Iraqi walk into a bar… Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, right? My experience thus far as an exchange student at GSD has actually sounded much like … Continue reading An American, a Russian, and an Iraqi walk into a bar…

Why Geneva? Opportunities!

Why Geneva? A personal story about life in Geneva as a foreigner By Ms. Maria Fernanda Martinez Gutierrez, Marketing Communications Intern @GSD Quite often people have asked me why I chose to come to Geneva. Without any hesitation I must admit that this is a question that is not easy to answer due to the … Continue reading Why Geneva? Opportunities!

Have a message

'Have a message', by Mr. Stefan G. Ziegler, Humanitarian Practitioner, Lecturer and Trainer I am honoured to be part of a small but intriguingly special university institute and particularly among my colleagues in the faculty. My background is based on praxis. Of course, I did have the chance to study sociology of development and international … Continue reading Have a message

International Relations – Quo Vadis?

International Relations  -  Quo Vadis? By Mr. Alexander Likhotal, former President of Green Cross International, Deputy Spokesman and Adviser to the President of the USSR, President Mikhail Gorbachev, and GSD Faculty member Next semester I will be teaching at GSD the course in IR “World Politics: Trends and Transformations”. The academic discipline of IR is … Continue reading International Relations – Quo Vadis?

From local politics to contributing internationally

From local politics to (dreaming of) contributing internationally By Ms. Fawzia Koofi Member of Parliament in Kabul, Afghanistan and Vice President of the National Assembly and Executive Master student at GSD When I first came to politics in 2005, my core focus was not international relations; representing one of the remotest provinces located in Pamir … Continue reading From local politics to contributing internationally

Geneva and ”the field”

‘Geneva and ''the field'’ – By Gilles-Emmanuel Jacquet, lecturer at GSD Geneva is a very unique city by its size and its role in international relations as it hosts 34 international organizations, 255 permanent missions and delegations representing 175 countries [1] as well as hundreds of international and local NGOs. Every year more than 2500 … Continue reading Geneva and ”the field”

Keeping Humanity Afloat

Keeping Humanity Afloat By, Siofra Sharpe, Head of Humanitarian Affairs GSD “You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.” – Winston Churchill What would a school of Diplomacy and International Relations be without a humanitarian heart, a desire to develop real projects for real people and real … Continue reading Keeping Humanity Afloat

Activities in and around Geneva

‘Activities in and around Geneva’ by Ms. Jade Robert, Master of Arts in International Relations 2016-2017 There are plenty of them! I would like to first talk a bit about the ones related to my studies, before talking about leisure options in Geneva. By being part of the GSD community, it gives you the opportunity to … Continue reading Activities in and around Geneva

High Noon Inauguration?

High Noon Inauguration? By Dr. Colum de Sales Murphy, President of Geneva School of Diplomacy Welcome to the new Geneva School of Diplomacy blog. Though we are often asked at GSD to comment on world affairs, this blog is new  –  today is our “inaugural”. I am writing it from my office on our beautiful … Continue reading High Noon Inauguration?