2017 Courses

Understanding the Gendered Impacts of Drugs, Drug Policy and Drug Policy Enforcement
10 - 14 September 2017, Budapest
Despite modest progress in mainstreaming gender considerations in areas such as development and security policy, gender is chronically overlooked in drug policy design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and states are rarely held accountable by drug policy institutions or donors for their failure to respect international treaty obligations in relation to women and girls. Critical perspectives on drug policy rarely address current failings through a gendered or intersectional lens, and the ‘silo’ nature of the drug policy ‘issue’ has led to the neglect of bridge building opportunities with academic, policy and NGO communities working on gender issues (criminal justice, race, political economy). With this in mind, this executive workshop will bring together a diverse group of experts and practitioners for three days to analyze current research on the impacts of drug policy enforcement on women and girls in areas that include security, criminal justice, health, social services and recovery and to share best practice and lessons learned in commissioning, conducting and evaluating research and advocacy activities on gender and drug policy.
upon invitation
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Learning from the Latin American Experience:  Policy and Advocacy Advancements for Incarcerated Female Drug Offenders
12 September 2017, Budapest
Regional and national human rights organizations in Latin America have in recent years started to research the phenomenon of excessive incarceration of women for low-level drug offenses. They demonstrated that prisons have disproportionate negative impacts on women and published a number of policy tools, among them the ”Guide for Drug Policy Reform in Latin America and the Caribbean” to address the situation. Panellists will explore how their innovative initiatives across the region impacted policy and advanced the rights of this vulnerable prison population.
panel discussion open to the public

Action Research, Effective Writing, Visualization and Advocacy
12 - 17 June 2017, Budapest
This 6-day training will engage OSF policy fellows in a series of discussions on how to re-think evidence-based, forward-looking and data-enabled policy advocacy. The first segment will familiarize fellows with the most important methods for data collection, analysis and operationalisation of research questions. It will draw on quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches. The second segment introduces the fundamentals of research design with an emphasis on how to present data in charts and tables and how to conduct and interpret more complex statistical analyses. The final segment will then train fellows on how to structure analytical reports, papers and briefs and write effectively. It will also equip them with practical skills of effective advocacy planning for their policy paper, popularization of findings for decision makers, civil society, media and general population.
upon invitation
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Migration Policy in a European Context
6 - 7 April 2017, Budapest
4 - 5 May 2017, Vienna
1 - 2 June 2017, Budapest
Over six modules between April and June 2017, 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) and Open Society Initiative For Europe,  the course will be open to CEU and SPP students, to refugees, as well as to migration professionals based in Budapest, Vienna, Belgrade and Bratislava (both government agencies and NGOs).
►open enrolment

How Should Europe Deal with Refugees and Irregular Migrants? 
1 June 2017, Budapest
Between 2009 and 2016, some 2 million irregular migrants and refugees have reached the shores and borders of EU member states – Greece and Italy in particular, Spain and Bulgaria to a smaller extent with subsequent movements from Southern to Northern Europe. Following the EU deal with Turkey and the closure of borders in the Western Balkans, irregular arrivals are now concentrated in the Central Mediterranean. While practical solidarity with most affected countries remains scarce, Europeans also do not have a common position on how to deal with those crossing the Sahara and arriving via the high seas. The panel will debate the nature of recent flows and policy responses ranging from the initial German, Austrian or Swedish ‘welcoming culture’ of 2015 to the ‘fortress Europe’ approach that seems to be the most popular answer in 2017.     
panel discussion open to the public

Reversing the Resource Curse
7 - 18 May 2017, Budapest
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.
►open enrolment
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Military Power, Conflict Management and Terrorism
3 - 5 April 2017, Budapest
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