European Peace & Security Studies Lecture Series 2013

3 Oct 2013 18:00

The Global Governance Institute, together with the Institute for European Studies and Vesalius College, hosts the European Peace & Security (EPSS) Lecture Series. The lectures offer perspectives from senior academics and policymakers from the EU, NATO and UN on the most pressing issues in peace and security.

Lectures are interactive and provide participants with the opportunity to establish and maintain contacts within the Brussels security community. The Lecture series is part of the European Peace and Security Studies (EPSS) certificate programme offered by Vesalius College.


  • Lecture 1, Thursday 3 October, 18:00 - 20:00
    The Gulf Region and Global Affairs: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities
    Dr. Christian Koch, Director, Gulf Research Centre, Geneva
  • Lecture 2, Monday 7 October, 18:00 - 20:00
    The European Union Foreign Policy of my Dreams
    Professor Johan Galtung, Founder of the Discipline of Peace Studies
  • Lecture 3, Thursday 17 October, 18:00 - 20:00
    Roundtable on the European Union, the Middle East and Turkey
    Ambassador Cosimo Risi, Italian Ambassador to Switzerland; Alfredo Rizzo, Scientific Counsel in the Italian Society for the International Organisation; Alessandro Cortese, Italian Ambassador to the Political and Security Committee and Nico Frandi, Political Desk Officer WMD Non Proliferation and Disarmament, European External Action Service, EEAS

  • Lecture 4, Wednesday 13 November, 18:00 - 20:00 (venue tbc)
    Armistice Day Reflections – Being a Soldier: Personal Reflections of Three Young Ex-Soldiers
    VeCo Students Umit Seven, Cian Westmoreland, Sean Dunn
  • Lecture 5, Monday 18 November, 18:00 - 20:00
    Reflections on the Military Aspects of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy
    Col Hans Ilis-Alm, European Union Military Staff
  • Lecture 6, Monday 25 November, 18:00 - 20:00 (venue tbc)
    The European Union and the Syria Crisis
    Maciej Golubiewski, Desk Officer Syria, European Union External Action Service
  • Lecture 7, Monday 2 December, 18:00 - 20:00
    Political Corruption and The Dangers of the Global Arms Trade
    Andrew Feinstein, Director Corruption Watch, UK and Author of The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade

Registration & Venue

The lectures will take place from 18:00 until 20:00. The duration of the lectures is around 40 minutes and a Q&A session of 30 minutes. A light reception will be provided afterwards.

Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required! Please click here to register.


Institute for European Studies
Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Rooms Rome & Lisbon (Floor -1)
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels
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Giulia Tercovich
Events Officer / Research Assistant - External Relations
Vesalius College
+32 (0) 2 614 82 09