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.

Next events

Title The EU and conflict prevention in Jordan: Presentation of CSDN Discussion Paper 11
Date Tuesday 27 June 2017
Time 13:00-14:00
Venue European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, Avenue de Tervueren/Tervurenlaan 12, 1040 Brussels (Map)
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Jordan is a key Western ally, whether as part of the Middle East Peace Process, as a partner against Da’esh and in counter-terrorism, as a haven for refugees. Yet this role often leads partners, such as the EU, to overlook “Jordan-as-Jordan”. The Civil Society Dialogue Network (CSDN) discussion paper entitled ‘the EU and conflict prevention in Jordan’ argues that Jordan is a good example of an important but not urgent situation where conflict prevention – rather than crisis response – efforts could yield important results.

The paper identifies key drivers of conflict in the country, and considers how the EU has addressed these in its relationships with Jordan. It reflects on what the EU could do to contribute to preventing conflict in Jordan, and what broader lessons can be learnt for EU external action from the case of Jordan.

In this EPLO Brown Bag Lunch discussion, Laura Davis, a scholar and analyst based in the Middle East, as well as a Senior Associate at EPLO, will present the main findings of this research. She is the co-author of this discussion paper with Fatima Ayub, an analyst of Middle Eastern politics and European and American foreign policy.

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.

Title Human Rights and Gender Mainstreaming in CSDP missions: the cases of EUCAP Sahel Mali and EUCAP Sahel Niger
Date Wednesday 28 June 2017
Time 12:30-14:00
Venue European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, Avenue de Tervueren/Tervurenlaan 12, 1040 Brussels (Map)
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The importance of integrating gender and human rights in the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) has been recognised by the EU and its Member States in several policy documents, most recently in the EU Global Strategy and the Council of the EU’s ‘CFSP Report – Our priorities in 2016’. Its most visible translation in practice is the deployment of human rights and gender advisers or focal points in CSDP missions. Their work is critical to ensuring a gender-sensitive approach to and long-lasting impact of the missions’ activities.

However, despite the key role played by gender advisers, gender mainstreaming cannot be a one-person task. It requires constant exchanges with colleagues and external partners, including civil society. This can be challenging in certain contexts, especially given the limited resources available and the many requests to which gender advisers need to respond.

In this EPLO Brown Bag Lunch discussion, Róisín Drury Tully from EUCAP Sahel Mali and Anna Lazzari from EUCAP Sahel Niger will share their practical experiences and discuss ways of improving the impact of EU missions’ activities from a gender and human rights perspective.

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

Registration Please note that places are limited and registration is mandatory. Please contact Lorenzo Conti by Wednesday 21 June if you would like to participate.

Previous Events

June

13/06/2017: Looking towards Burundi’s future: how to build peace and navigate the “new normal”? (Floride Ahitungiye, Search for Common Ground)

06/06/2017: Current conflict dynamics in the ethnic states in Myanmar and possible scenarios for the future (Tereza Grünvaldová, Search for Common Ground)


May

23/05/2017: Border security in Tunisia: what does a peacebuilding approach look like? (Mariam Abdel Baky, International Alert)


April

26/04/2017: Shrinking space for civil society in the Western Balkans: a perspective from women’s rights organisations (Women human rights defenders from Voice Against Violence and Rights for All)


January

26/01/2017: République centrafricaine: quelles motivations pour les membres des groupes armés non-étatiques? (M. Younissa Bohari, ONG Konfluence et Felix Colchester, Conciliation Resources)

17/01/2017: The gender impact of EU missions in the Western Balkans: Insights from everyday practice (Dr Ken McDonagh and Dr Maria-Adriana Deiana, Dublin City University)


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