European Peace & Security Studies


EPSS Lecture: ‘How Japan sees the future of Asia and copes with it’

On November 25, the Vesalius College co-organized the EPSS lecture with the Brussels Diplomatic Academy. H.E Mr. Masafumi Ishii, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Belgium, concurrently Representative of the Government of Japan to NATO spoke about what Japan can do in Asia in a globalized world, and how the country sees the […]

VeCo co-organizes Korea-EU Forum

On November 27-29, the Vesalius College co-organizes the Korea-EU Forum on Strategic Partnership.  Prof. Joachim Koops, Dean of the Vesalius College, chairs the senior policy session.  To see the program, please click here.

EPSS Lecture: ‘The Role of Culture in the Emergence and Reconciliation of the Conflict in Ukraine’

On November 18, the 5th EPSS lecture, “The role of culture in the emergence and reconciliation of the conflict in Ukraine” was held, inviting 3 experts in the fields. Dr Svitlana Kobzar, Head of the International Affairs Dept at Vesalius College, introduced the topic and the speakers: Dr. Olga Burlyuk, Centre for EU Studies, University of […]

Dean Koops publishes his new book ‘The Responsibility to Protect and the Third Pillar’

Dean Koops published his second co-edited book: The Responsibility to Protect and the Third Pillar: Legitimacy and Operationalization (with Daniel Fiott, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). The book is the culmination of an inter-disciplinary three-year research project on International Efforts to Prevent Mass Atrocities and Genocide For further information please click here.

Prof. Cristiani speaks at the European Parliament

Dario Cristiani, Professor of International Affairs at the Vesalius College, was invited to the European Parliament on November 13, and spoke at a meeting of the delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula. His presentation focused on the views on the Gulf countries and the political and security challenges they are facing in the Middle […]

New book on EU Diplomacy by Joachim Koops and Gjovalin Macaj

Joachim Koops, Dean of Vesalius College and Gjovalin Macaj (St Antony’s College, University of Oxford) co-edited their new volume on “The European Union as a Diplomatic Actor”, published by Palgrave MacMillan. The volume is the culmination of a two-year project on European diplomacy and brings together leading scholars and diplomats to assess the EU’s policies, […]

3rd EPSS Guest Lecture on ‘US Foreign Policy in an Era of Natural Resources and Scarcity’

Dr. David Reed, Senior Policy Advisor for WWF-US ‘In Pursuit of Prosperity: US Foreign Policy in an Era of Natural Resources and Scarcity’. With the emergence of numerous threats to the prosperity and national security of the United States, the lecture discusses the future direction of U.S. foreign policy from energy and mineral industrial inputs, […]

2nd EPSS Guest Lecture on NATO, Ukraine and Russia

Dr. Petr Lunak, Deputy Head Engagments Section, Public Diplomacy Division,NATO, presented on ‘NATO, Russia, Ukraine: A New Strategic Reality’. With increasing concerns over Russia and Ukraine, this lecture sought to contextualise the issue into the current state of global affairs and examine NATO’s re-emerging role as a key player.

Successful EPSS General Conference on ‘Europe’s Return to United Nations Peacekeeping: Challenges, Opportunities and Ways Ahead’

In September 2014 the EPSS General Conference focused on ‘Europe’s Return to United Nations Peacekeeping: Challenges, Opportunities and Ways Ahead’ with Alexandra Novosseloff, French Defense Ministry; Rory Keane, Head of the UN Liaison Office for Peace and Security (Brussels); Helena Boguslawska, Deputy Head CSDP Policy, EEAS. This lecture marked the kick-off of the Fall 2014 […]

VeCo taking part in Security Jam 2014

The Security Jam, organised by the Security & Defence Agenda (SDA), gives students the possibility to brainstorming with thousands of security experts worldwide. The Jam is organised in 6 forums: The new global balance, The EU as a global security broker, NATO’s role 2025, cyber-security and cyber-defence, Ukraine and Russia, and Syria. For more information […]