Fall 2014 EPSS Guest Lecture Series

Vesalius College, in cooperation with the Global Governance Institute, Institute for European Studies and the Belgian Royal Military Academy, is proud to announce its upcoming schedule for its European Peace an Security Lecture Series for Fall 2014.

The format for the EPSS lectures is a 40 minute lecture with a 30 minute Q&A session, followed by a light, informal reception.
Unless announced otherwise, all events will take place at Vesalius College, Pleinlaan 5, 1050 Brussels.

Friday 12 September, 18.00 – 20.00h
General Conference: ‘Europe’s Return to United Nations Peacekeeping: Challenges, Opportunities and Ways Ahead’
Speakers:
– Rory Keane, Head of the UN Liaison Office for Peace and Security, Brussels
– Helena Boguslawska, Deputy Head CSDP, EEAS
– Alexandra Novosseloff, Senior Policy Advisory at the Strategic Policy Department of the French Ministry of Defense

Thursday  2 October, 18.00 – 20.00h
‘NATO, Russia, Ukraine: A New Strategic Reality’
Speaker:
Dr. Petr Lunak, Deputy Head Engagments Section, Public Diplomacy Division, NATO

Thursday 16 October, 12.00 – 13.30h (Brown Bag Lecture)
‘In Pursuit of Prosperity: US Foreign Policy in an Era of Natural Resources and Scarcity’
Speakers:
– Dr. David Reed, Senior Policy Advisor for WWF-US
– Dr. Theodore Trefon, Congo Expert & Researcher, Belgian Royal Museum for Central Africa

Friday 17 October, 18.00 – 20.00h
‘The Future of Peace Studies and Peace Research’
Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Charles Webel, University of New York, Prague

Tuesday 18 November, 18.00 – 20.00h
‘The Role of culture in the emergence and reconciliation of the conflict in Ukraine’
Speakers:
– Dr. Olga Burlyuk, Centre for EU Studies, Ghent University
– Dr. Yevhen Bystrytsky, Executive Director of the International Renaissance Foundation
– Jerzy Pomianowski, Executive Director of the European Endowment for Democracy

Tuesday 25 November, 18.00 –  20.00h
‘How Japan sees the future of Asia and copes with it: Challenges & Opportunities’
Speaker:
H.E Mr. Masafumi Ishii, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Belgium, concurrently Representative of the Government of Japan to NATO

Monday 1 December, 18.00 – 20.00h
‘Between regional and international crises: Tehran’s view on IS and nuclear talks’
Speaker:
Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, Visiting Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations; Associate Member of the European Iran Research Group (EIRG); PhD candidate, War Studies, King’s College London

Thursday 4 December, 18.00 – 20.00h
‘Role of Civil Society of Belgium in Lobbying Peace in Ukraine’
Speakers:
– Bogdana Depo, Marie Curie Fellow and former advisor to Standing Rapporteur on Ukraine Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, “EU-Ukraine: Current status of institutional relationships. Experience of civil society activist”
– Anna Yavorska, Head of NGO Bridge EU-Ukraine “Promoting Ukraine in Belgium: NGOs, think tanks, and communities”
– Eva Majewski, Head of European Democrat Students  “Friends of Ukraine: role of youth”
– Marta Barandiy, Fellow of Konrad-Adenauer Foundation, Head of NGO Promote Ukraine “Platform for Peace for Ukraine:
making networks with Ukrainians”