IA Capstone: Center for Peace and Cooperation’s Update

Center for Peace and Cooperation, one of the two IA Capsone student think tanks at Vesalius College, has successfully organised their conference ‘What we learned from Peacekeeping – First-Hand Accounts’ on April 19. Students invited Ambassador Mohamed Igueh Ofleh, Deputy Representative of the African Union to the Brussels Office, and Ms. Karin Limdal, Strategic Planner at the European External Action Service (EEAS), who shared their experiences of working in peacekeeping missions. Please click the picture below to see the photo slideshow from the evnet.

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The Capstone course is a class that is taken by students in their last year at Vesalius College, in which students are challenged to compile everything they have learnt in their three years of education into a real life problem or situation. In the International Affairs (IA) Capstone course, this year students were given the task to develop recommendations for the head of the United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security (UNLOPS), Dr. Rory Keane and Annika Konhert, in ways which the UN-EU cooperation could be strengthened in regards to peacekeeping.

Over a period of three months, the students set up two think tanks, did in-depth research – both independently and collectively – on the field of UN peacekeeping, conducted a series of interviews with high-ranking officials, attended events on a weekly basis, developed a blog that was regularly updated throughout the work process, independently hosted two different events with phenomenal speakers that had first-hand experience with peacekeeping and different perspectives on the topic, and then constructed an in-depth list of recommendations as requested by their clients.

The final group presentations will take place on Thursday 28th April, in which the final product of three months hard but yet fulfilling work will be presented.