Geneva Centre for Security Policy

GCSP (Switzerland)

The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) is an international foundation focusing on executive education that facilitates collaboration in support of peace, security and international cooperation. Established by the Swiss Confederation in 1995, and now with 52 Member States, the Centre equips a diverse range of experts, leaders and practitioners with the knowledge, skills and community they need to help their organisations thrive in today’s ever-changing security landscape.

Contact information

Geneva Centre for Security Policy – GCSP

Geneva Centre for Security Policy – GCSP
Maison de la paix
Chemin Eugene-Rigot 2D
P.O. Box 1295
CH-1211 Geneva 1 (Switzerland)

Tel: + 41 22 906 16 00
Fax: + 41 22 906 16 49

Point of contact

Marc Finaud

The team

Name, Surname, contact Resume Speciality/Research Focus
Mr Marc Finaud

Senior Programme Advisor, Arms Proliferation Cluster Leader

Tel. +41 22 730 96 41

Marc Finaud is a former French diplomat who has been seconded to the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) between 2004 and 2013 and now works for this institution in training diplomats and military officers in international and human security and conducting research in those fields. During his 30-year career as a diplomat, he served in several bilateral postings (in the Soviet Union, Poland, Israel, Australia) as well as in multilateral missions (to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Conference on Disarmament, the United Nations). He holds Master’s degrees in International Law and Political Science. He was also Senior Resident Fellow (WMD Programme) at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) between 2013 and 2015. He is now also a Swiss citizen. ·        Arms control, disarmament, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and conventional weapons

·        Middle East

·        International Humanitarian Law

Mr Tobias Vestner

Leader, Security and Law Programme

Tel. + 41 22 730 96 56

Tobias Vestner teaches, researches, and organizes dialogue on the intersection between security policy and international law. He heads the Symposium for Senior NATO/PfP Legal Advisors. He also leads and teaches in executive education courses such as: Air and Missile Warfare: Navigating the Legal Dimension (Advanced AMPLE); Legal Dimensions of Contemporary and Future Use of Force; Weapons Law and the Legal Review of Weapons; Negotiations Theory and Practice. He is also responsible for the event series ‘Security and Law: A Reality Check’, a public dialogue that explores how international law matters in security affairs. He has many years of experience in international law, international relations, and policymaking. Before joining the GCSP, he was Research Affiliate and Global Futures Fellow at Georgetown University. Prior to that, he was Policy Advisor at the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, where he managed political processes with regard to the export of conventional weapons, and participated in the UN negotiations of the Arms Trade Treaty. Previously, while at the Law of Armed Conflict Section at the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Sports and Civil Protection, he contributed to bilateral negotiations on military cooperation, and trained military officers in international humanitarian law. He holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a Master of Laws in International and European Law from the University of Geneva, and a Bachelor degree in Swiss Law from the University of Lausanne. He has Swiss and German citizenships. A former reserve member of the Swiss Special Forces Command, he serves as reserve Legal Advisor at the Swiss Armed Forces Staff. He is member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War and the International Institute of Humanitarian Law.


·        International Law,

·        International Humanitarian Law,

·        Weapons Law,

·        Disarmament Law

Dr Jean-Marc Rickli

Global Risk and Resilience Cluster Leader, in the Emerging Security Challenges Programme

+41 22 730 96 87



Dr Jean-Marc Rickli is the Head of Global Risk and Resilience at the GCSP. He is also a research fellow at King’s College London and a senior advisor for the AI (Artificial Intelligence) Initiative at the Future Society at Harvard Kennedy School. He is also the co-chair of the NATO Partnership for Peace Consortium Working Group on Emerging Security Challenges and an expert on autonomous weapons systems within the framework of the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. In addition, he is also a non-resident fellow in modern warfare and security at TRENDS Research and Advisory in Abu Dhabi and an advisor at Gulf State Analytics in Washington. Prior to these appointments, Dr Rickli was an assistant professor at the Department of Defence Studies of King’s College London and at the Joint Command and Staff College in Doha as well as at the Institute of International and Civil Security at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi. His research interests are on the security implications of emerging technologies, the transformations of war, European and Middle East security and small states’ security. Dr Rickli received his PhD and MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford, UK, where he was also a Berrow scholar at Lincoln College. Among his latest publications are two edited books: The Gulf Small States: Foreign and Security Policies  published by Routledge and co-edited with Khalid Al-Mezaini (2016) and Transnational Knowledge Relations for Building Knowledge-Based Gulf Societies in a Globalized World by Gerlach Press with Rasmus Bertelsen and Neema Nori (2017) as well as various articles such as “Surrogate Warfare, The Art of War in the 21st Century?”, co-written with Andreas Krieg for the Journal of Defense Studies, January (2018), “The Impact of Autonomous Weapons Systems on International Security and Strategic Stability”, in Ladetto Quentin, Future Defence Technologies, Thun, Armasuisse (2017) or “Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Warfare”. World Economic Forum 2017 Global Risk. His forthcoming book published by Georgetown University Press and co-written with Dr Andreas Krieg is entitled: Surrogate Warfare, a Mode of War for the 21st Century. ·      New technologies

·      Arms Control

·      Middle East

Dr Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu

Associate Fellow

Dr Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu is Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings India. He was a Senior Fellow at the Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University, working primarily on the Managing Global Order and Peacebuilding as Statebuilding programmes. Previously he served as Vice President of Programs at the EastWest Institute in New York, and as Director of the New Issues in Security Course at the GCSP. He has researched, written, and taught extensively on the United Nations and regionalism, peace operations, Southern Asia, confidence-building-measures, disarmament, arms control, and non-proliferation issues. Dr Sidhu was the consultant to the first, second, and third United Nations Panel of Governmental Experts on Missiles in 2001-2002, 2004 and 2007-2008 respectively. He was also appointed as a member of the Resource Group set up to assist the United Nations High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change in 2004. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He holds a Masters in International Relations from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a Bachelor’s degree in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, India. ·      South Asia

·      Regional disarmament

·      Missiles

·      Nuclear non-proliferation


Dr Fred Tanner

Associate Fellow

Fred Tanner is currently Senior Adviser to the Crisis Management Centre of the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bern, Switzerland. From September 2013 to December 2016 he was Senior Adviser to the OSCE Secretary General in Vienna and OSCE Project Leader of the “Panel of Eminent Persons for European Security as a Common Project’’. Throughout this period, he also served on the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. He previously served as Director of the GCSP for seven years and was Deputy Director and Head of Academic Affairs at GCSP prior to assuming the directorship. He spent four years in Malta as Director and Resident Professor at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies. From 2006-2016 the Swiss Federal Government granted Fred Tanner twice with the title of Ambassador for his various responsibilities. Among other duties, Fred Tanner was a member of the High-level Panel on Early Warning and Rapid Reaction of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), he served on the Foundation Council of the Gulf Research Center (GRC) in Dubai and was a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the NATO Defense College (NDC) from 2010-2013. Fred Tanner holds a PhD and a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a Bachelor’s degree from the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies at the University of Geneva. ·      Conflict prevention and resolution

·      Arms control

·      European and Mediterranean Security

·      Transatlantic relations


Dr Catherine Kelleher

Associate Fellow

Catherine McArdle Kelleher is College Park Professor, University of Maryland and Senior Fellow, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University. She also acts as the editor of the Naval War College Press. She has had extensive experience in government. Under President Carter, she served on the staff of the National Security Council; under President Reagan, she was professor of Military Strategy at the national War College in Washington D.C. In the Clinton Administration Dr Kelleher held posts as the Personal Representative of the Secretary of Defense in Europe and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia. Professor Kelleher has had a wide range of academic involvement in the field of national security studies. She is the author of more than sixty books, monographs and articles, and serves on a number of boards and commissions in the field. Professor Kelleher has also been active in the design and implementation of programs to broaden education in security studies, both nationally and internationally, in universities and within the military. She is the founder of Women in International Security program, dedicated to developing career opportunities for women in this field. She holds degrees from Mt. Holyoke College (A.B. and D.Litt) and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D.). She is the recipient of the Medal for Distinguished Public Service of the Department of Defense and the Ehrenkreuz in Gold from the Bundeswehr. ·      National security

·      Strategic studies

·      Transatlantic relations

·      Arms control