EPLO Brown Bag Lunch Events

EPLO Brown Bag Lunch events are 1 – 1.5 hour-long, informal round-table discussions on a wide range of geographic and thematic topics with relevance for the EU and its support for peacebuilding and conflict prevention. Participation is free and (usually) open to all but registration is mandatory.

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Next event

Title Peace and conflict dynamics in the Central African Republic: which opportunities for engagement?
Date Friday 14 February 2020
Time 12:00-  13:00
Venue EPLO Office, Avenue de Tervueren 12, 1040 Brussels (Map)


In this lunchtime discussion, Mark Hoover will focus on the current situation in the Central African Republic and on possible opportunities for international support to conflict prevention in the country, in particular in relation to the upcoming presidential election in December 2020. Participants will also be invited to discuss a range of issues relating to the peace and conflict dynamics in the country, and to share insights on local perceptions of national and international actors, on which regions and types of actions to prioritise, on the return of IDPs and refugees into mixed communities, etc.

Mark Hoover is a Stabilisation Advisor with the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilisation Operations. Mark joined the Department of State in 2015 and focuses primarily on conflict and stabilisation risks and opportunities in Central Africa from both Washington and overseas. More broadly, Mark works to support the US government’s efforts to understand and prevent violence around various issues, including farmer-herder conflicts, political transitions in Ethiopia and Sudan, and stabilisation in the Central African Republic.

Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch and EPLO will provide tea and coffee.

Registration Please note that seats are limited and registration is mandatory. Please RSVP to Lorenzo Conti if you would like to participate.

Previous Events


05/02/2020: Preventing violent extremism in Tunisia:  What lessons for European engagement? (Bouraoui Ouni is Search’s Senior Project Manager in Tunisia)


28/01/2020: Rethinking the role of non-state actors in war-to-peace transitions: The case of post-conflict Liberia (Dr Christine Cheng, King’s College London)

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