Country Risk Analysis (Political Instability): Domestic Politics, Foreign Policy Strategy and Geopolitical Scenario Planning [Summer School]

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Country Risk Analysis (Political Instability): Domestic Politics, Foreign Policy Strategy and Geopolitical Scenario PlanningThe developments in Egypt over the past five years, the long civil war in Colombia and the current conflict in the Ukraine underline the continued importance of political risk analysis for banks and companies that do business in Emerging Markets. The “Country Risk Analysis (Political Instability)” Summer School helps you better understand what political risk is and how it can affect the economic growth potential of Emerging Markets. The opening lectures teach you different ways to conceptualize political risk and which domestic and international factors are important in this regard. Further lectures offer you insights into how the foreign policy strategy of a country can be linked to geopolitical scenarios, and how you can benefit from this approach. You also participate in a geopolitical scenario planning workshop, in which you can apply your newly acquired skills. The results of the workshop can be used for the report that you write with your group and that analyses a country of your choice. During the course, you give two talks about the political situation in that country. To acquire more skills in this field, our related course “Country Risk Analysis (Economic Indicators)” could be beneficial to you as well. [Click here to apply for course]

Course Program

  • Course period: 11 – 15 July 2016
  • Course language: English
  • Full course program: available as a pdf file at the GeoMeans website
  • Course sessions: Lectures, roundtable discussions and student presentations
  • Special features:
    • focus on long-term skills development instead of knowledge that is quickly forgotten
    • interactive setting in which everyone is encouraged to participate in the discussion
    • direct and constructive feedback to enrich the collective learning experience
    • focus on exchanging views and disagreeing in a friendly atmosphere
    • stimulating balance between knowledge, assumptions and questions (i.e. critical thinking)
    • advice on your employability skills, internship/PhD opportunities and career options
  • Extra options:
    • After-class tutoring in person and by e-mail
    • Facebook Group of this Summer School to share ideas and links with current and former students
    • Informal drinks and dinners with other students and course leader

Course Fee, Special Offer, Funding and Accomodation

Application Process

  • You can apply for the course on the Maastricht University website
  • Within a week after your application, you will be informed on the result
  • Application deadline is 20 June 2016. Applications hereafter are considered on a case-by-case basis
  • If the course is fully booked, applications are considered on a case-by-case basis as well and priority is given to paid-for applications

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the possible impact of political instability on the economic growth potential of Emerging Markets
  • Assessing political risk indicators in the context of a country
  • Linking geopolitical scenario outcomes to the foreign policy strategy of countries

Course Participants

  • Country Risk Analysis (Political Instability): Domestic Politics, Foreign Policy Strategy and Geopolitical Scenario PlanningTarget audience:
    • Bachelor/Master/PhD students/Professionals who would like to become (a better) political risk analyst
    • Bachelor/Master/PhD students/Professionals who would like to develop a better understanding of how political instability can affect the potential economic growth, foreign direct investment and export revenues of a country
    • Bachelor/Master/PhD students/Professionals who would like to develop multiple perspectives on future geopolitical trends as alternatives to forecasts
  • Number of participants: 7-15
  • Recommendations from former students:
    • “Leonhardt is very passionate, knowledgeable and an excellent teacher.” — Jakob, Master student, Austria
    • “Leonhardt excels in encouraging student’s participation – the class was very lively and the participants benefited from each other’s knowledge.” — Michel, journalist, Germany
    • You can read the recommendations from 30 of Leonhardt’s former Summer School students in a pfd file on the GeoMeans website

Course Exam and Certificates

  • Exam: one paper and two presentations
  • Required in order to pass your exam: high attendance rate and active participation during plenary sessions, strong motivation and good command of English
  • ECTS: 1.5 (for students who pass their exam; other students and professionals get a certificate of attendance)

Course Literature

  • Country Risk Analysis (Political Instability): Domestic Politics, Foreign Policy Strategy and Geopolitical Scenario PlanningPlease visit the GeoMeans website for recommended literature
  • You are advised to read one of the recommended books before the course
  • You don’t need to buy and read all recommended books
  • During the course, you can borrow most recommended books from Leonhardt
  • Please ask Leonhardt for personal reading advice if you do not know what books suit your learning objectives the best

Course Leader

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2 Comments

  1. Hello my name is Vlad- Alexandru Crișan. I’m from România, from Cluj-Napoca city of Transilvania.
    I want to participate at this summer school.
    Please tell me, how I can participate?
    Tank you.

    • Leonhardt van Efferink

      Dear Vlad-Alexandru,
      To apply for the course, please go to the website of Maastricht University: http://solbasic.nl/solum/. After registering yourself, you can apply for the Geopolitical Scenario Planning course. Please let me know if you have any further questions.
      Kind regards,
      Leonhardt

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