6 - 9 June 2016

This course examines the multifaceted challenges and complex tasks associated with the process of political transition and its short- and long-term implications for the domestic, regional and international security environment. The aim is to equip participants with both the conceptual and practical tools for understanding the nature of transitions and efficiently addressing the challenges they raise.

31 May - 2 June 2016

Questions of international peace and security are deeply rooted in the past. History can provide policy-makers with a sense of perspective, an appreciation of past patterns and the wisdom to implement more effective policies. Yet this potential often remains neglected in the fast-paced policy environment. This course provides its participants with methods for increasing historical awareness and develops new avenues for a more constructive use of history in present-day policy-making.


The School of Public Policy at Central European University, together with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the Folke Bernadotte Academy will organize a three-day intensive training for 20 young policy professionals under the age of 30 who work as political/policy advisers in ministries and presidential administrations as well as in parliaments in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.

The purpose of the course is to contribute to building democratic institutions where foreign policy professionals of today play a crucial role in defining the future trajectory of their nations. Overall, the course aims to contribute to a better understanding of the role of political advisers and tasks that are at the heart of deliberating, shaping, and implementing policy.

It will focus on developing practical skills in a number of areas such as:
·    The role of the political adviser (core functions and giving good advice);
·    Shaping complex political environments (devising and implementing strategies; analyzing and understanding the internal and external political context; making decisions with limited information; forecasting and scenario-planning);
·    Engaging internal & external stakeholders (building and sustaining relationships and networks; conducting inclusive stakeholder assessments with all interest groups [women, minorities, youth, marginalized/vulnerable groups);
·    Mastering communication & advocacy (policy writing, speech writing, devising communication strategies; public diplomacy; working with media outlets; communicating effectively).

The course ‘Policy Advisers Course for Eastern Partners’ will be held between 10-13 November 2015 in Budapest.

For more information, please visit the course webpage.