Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)

The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) is an international foundation established in 1995, with 46 member states, for the primary purpose of promoting peace, security and international cooperation through executive education, applied policy research and dialogue. GCSP trains government officials, diplomats, military officers, international civil servants and NGO and private sector staff in pertinent fields of international peace and security by providing them with cutting-edge knowledge and skills. Leveraging its unique location in Geneva, GCSP also provides an internationally recognised forum for dialogue on key security and peace policy issues.

The OSCE is an important pillar for European and international security, and GCSP has partnered with it to provide training, research and dialogue activities. First, studying the role of the OSCE is part of the academic schedules of a number of GCSP courses. GCSP has also offered tailor-made courses on the OSCE and related topics. In 2013, for example, it ran training modules on the OSCE for government officials from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Second, GCSP provides platforms to discuss the current activities of the OSCE. An example of this was the Public Discussion, "Addressing the Ukrainian crisis: policy responses and perspectives", which took place in June 2014 at the Maison de la Paix in Geneva with the OSCE Secretary General Ambassador Lamberto Zannier. GCSP and OSCE also jointly organised a roundtable devoted to the 10th Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 on the proliferation of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons. The roundtable was convened in co-operation with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and the Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM). Third, GCSP has established an excellent and consistently expanding relationship with the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan with the aim to develop the capacity of future leaders in international security with an emphasis on conflict management and resolution. Finally, it also hosts on a regular basis roundtable discussions on European security with high-ranking participants, such as the OSCE Focus, organised jointly by the GCSP and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).

Geneva Centre for Security Policy - GCSP
Maison de la paix
Chemin Eugene-Rigot 2D
P.O. Box 1295
CH-1211 Geneva 1
Tel: +41 22 730 96 00
Fax: +41 22 730 96 49


Ms Alexandra Matas
Head of Effective Governance cluster
Deputy Head of Diplomatic Dialogue


Alexandra Matas is a Deputy Head of Diplomatic Dialogue at the GCSP. She is developing and running dialogue events in Geneva and internationally on the topics of the European Security, the OSCE conflict prevention mechanisms and post-war reconstruction in Syria. Alexandra represents the GCSP to the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions.

Alexandra Matas is also a Head of the Effective Governance cluster at the GCSP. She is directing Effective Governance courses in both English and French for State officials from different countries including Myanmar, Iraq, Cameroon and others. She also contributes to a number of GCSP courses including the European Security Course (ESC), Leadership in International Security Course (LISC), Swiss Military Professional Officers Training (SPOT) and others.

Her research interests include European Security Architecture, the OSCE and the relationships between Russia and the other post-Soviet states. She speaks Russian, English, French and German.

Alexandra joined the GCSP in January 2011 and coordinated activities of the Programmes on Security and Law, and WMD & Disarmament, respectively. She also worked at the GCSP as Short Course Coordinator in 2010 and as an intern from 2006 to 2007.

Prior to joining the GCSP, Alexandra worked on the FDI promotion activities with the members of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA). She also worked as a Junior Relationship Manager at the Trade Finance department of the Credit Suisse bank.

Alexandra holds a Master in International Affairs degree from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva. During her studies she interned at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). She also holds a Public Relations degree from the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sports and Tourism.