2015 Courses

Legal Empowerment Leadership Course
30 November - 3 December 2015
Together with the Open Society Justice Initiative, Namati and BRAC, SPP will organize an executive course that will offer an opportunity for leading thinkers amongst the development community with a range of perspectives to come together to learn from each other and identify strategies to strengthen justice and development planning and programming.  It will draw participants from international organizations, national policy makers, development partners and assistance providers, and civil societry. The dialogue will focus on international rule of law assistance and the extent to which it successfully addresses concerns about reducing poverty and fostering economic development. 
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Policy Advisers Course for Eastern Partners
November 10-13,  2015
Organised by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the Folke Bernadotte Academy and SPP, this intensive training program aims at strengthening the professionalism and policymaking knowledge of young policy professionals among Eastern partner countries (i.e. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) particularly in the area of foreign policy. The 3,5-day course focuses on enhancing practical skills and competences vital for deliberating, shaping and implementing policy. It provides knowledge and understanding of the roles and tasks of the foreign policy advisers within the policy cycle, analytical tools, advising techniques, speech writing, negotiation and public communication.
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Read the participants' booklet here.

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Military Power, Conflict Management and Terrorism
November 2-4, 2015
This three-day module is one of four courses in a Masters degree that the BI Norwegian Business School has developed in cooperation with the Norwegian Armed Forces. The program is designed to give participants the best possible qualifications for making assessments both as individuals and as part of a unit/team, drawing on resources from a broad range of fields of expertise, including intelligence services, special forces, diplomats, international organizations and leading international research communities. The three-day module at CEU addresses new security challenges in Europe, with a special focus on the conflict in the Ukraine. Topics include the historical context and new security threats, the military and energy-related aspects of the crisis, and the overall current situation and future scenarios for the region. Central questions are: What would be expected from Norway and the Norwegian Armed Forces if a large scale military conflict erupts? How can the Armed forces prepare for such a situation? What makes this crisis different from others where Norway has been involved?
upon invitation

NGO Workshop on Harm Reduction and Decriminalization: 
Advocating for a Progressive EU Position on Drug Policy

July 12-14, 2015
Together with the Open Society Initiative for Europe, SPP will organize a workshop that will bring together about 25 European drug reformist organizations to facilitate the conceptualization of a progressive platform which they would advocate at the EU Civil Society Forum on Drugs. The establishment of an active progressive platform is a new element in the European preparation for the Special Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGASS) in 2016.
►upon invitation
Read the participants' booklet here and a short summary of the event here.

Anticipating Drug Legalization
May 13-15, 2015
Changes in national and regional level drug policy require public and corporate planners to anticipate an operating environment in which a range of narcotic drugs are legalised. Lessons learned from Uruguay, Colorado and Washington point to the importance of the financial, security, health and education sectors preparing for major shifts in legal and regulatory frameworks. At the same time, these developments create new and unanticipated challenges, such as shifts in patterns of organised crime and conflict, and new public health issues that need to be identified and mitigated. This ground-breaking three-day professional development course provides managers and strategic planners with the intellectual and analytical tools to enable predictive assessment of drug legalization on sector-specific investments and interests in a diversity of country contexts. The aim of the course is to provide a diversity of stake-holders with the confidence and accuracy to identify and determine the impact of drug legalization on their activities. 
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Read the participants' booklet here.

Migration Policy in a European Context
May 4 - June 2, 2015
Over six modules between April and June 2015, high-level migration policy experts and practitioners will focus on issues raised by contemporary migratory dynamics, steering and integration capacities by the nation-state, the changing architecture of global migration governance as well as regional, local and municipal responsibilities. Special attention will be paid to the interplay between international/ regional arrangements and domestic policy processes, as well as to the different and complementary roles of government branches. Supported by OSF's International Migration Initiative (IMI) the course will be open to CEU and SPP students as well as to migration professionals based in Budapest, Vienna, Belgrade and Bratislava, from Hungarian, Austrian, Serbian and Slovak governments (Ministries of Interior and of Labor, asylum agencies), international organizations based in Budapest as well as NGOs.
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Reversing the Resource Curse
April 13-24, 2015
Co-organized with the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), the two-week course is designed to equip a pool of exceptional individuals from civil society, government, international organizations, and academia with the knowledge and tools necessary to help reverse the "resource curse." Specifically, the course will examine the political economy of governance in resource-rich states and look into how it impacts policy debates and practice, both domestically as well as internationally. The course will also offer practical lessons for policy improvement, based on best practices from across the globe, targeting individuals already engaged in the management and/or oversight of extractive industries. 
Read the participants' booklet here.
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Falling Commodity Prices, Rising Tensions: Have Countries Learned From the Past to Navigate the Future?
April 13, 2015
Opening remarks: John Shattuck, CEU President and Rector
Panelists: Sir Paul Collier, Daniel Kaufmann and guests
After more than a decade of historically high prices, the value of oil and other commodities has fallen dramatically over the past six months. Developing and emerging countries reliant on extractive resources are starting to feel the pressure. What countries have used the years of plenty to prepare for a future of paucity? How can governments and communities learn from their experience in past episodes of prices crashes? At this pivotal juncture, our panel will unpick the threads of a complicated economic narrative, examining the implications, repercussions and lessons for resource-rich countries.
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Military Power, Conflict Management and Terrorism
March 2-4, 2015
This three-day module is one of four courses in a Masters degree that the BI Norwegian Business School has developed in cooperation with the Norwegian Armed Forces. The program is designed to give participants the best possible qualifications for making assessments both as individuals and as part of a unit/team, drawing on resources from a broad range of fields of expertise, including intelligence services, special forces, diplomats, international organizations and leading international research communities. The three-day module at CEU addresses new security challenges in Europe, with a special focus on the conflict in the Ukraine. Topics include the historical context and new security threats, the military and energy-related aspects of the crisis, and the overall current situation and future scenarios for the region. Central questions are: What would be expected from Norway and the Norwegian Armed Forces if a large scale military conflict erupts? How can the Armed forces prepare for such a situation? What makes this crisis different from others where Norway has been involved?
►upon invitation

Policy Analysis and Advocacy for Environmental Activists
February 11-13, 2015
Organized in partnership with the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, this two-day training for 25 environmental activists from Moldova and Belarus will combine interactive training sessions, round tables and discussions on environmental innovation and advocacy. Held by leading faculty of SPP, it will include activities and assignments that will provide analytical tools to inform policy advocacy towards change. The training will in particular focus on policy development, networking and advocacy and innovations in civic monitoring.
Read the participants' brochure.