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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Title Peace Perceptions Poll 2018
Date Thursday 15 November 2018
Time 12:30-14:00
Venue European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, Avenue de Tervueren/Tervurenlaan 12, 1040 Brussels (Map)


Conflict and violence appear on our screens every day. But what do people actually think about peace and conflict? How should we respond to conflict more effectively in order to ensure lasting peace? How important is economic and political inclusion for peace? And how optimistic or pessimistic are people about the prospects for peace?

This Brown Bag Lunch event will provide an overview of the perceptions of more than 100,000 poll participants across 15 countries, including Brazil, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Hungary, India, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nigeria, Philippines, South Africa, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine, the UK and the USA. In the lead up to the elections of a new European Parliament and the appointment of a new European Commission in 2019, this poll provides lessons relevant to the EU’s external actions as well as how the EU responds to conflict more broadly under the banner of the Integrated Approach and the EU Global Strategy.

Julian Egan, Head of Advocacy at International Alert; and Christine Wilson, Head of Research at the British Council, will present the main findings. Rene van Nes, Deputy Head of the Division for the Prevention of Conflicts, Rule of Law/SSR, Integrated Approach, Stabilisation and Mediation (PRISM) at the European External Action Service, will provide a response to the poll from an EU policy perspective. The presentation will be followed by an informal discussion among participants.

The poll report is available at: http://peaceperceptionspoll.org

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

Registration Please RSVP to Colin Cogitore if you would like to participate.

Previous Events


06/11/2018: Peacebuilding and the road to EU integration for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – a women human rights defenders’ perspective (Irena Cvetkovic, Coalition Margins, and Sneshka Ilikj, Reactor – Research in Action)


30/10/2018: Radicalisation of Migrant Workers in Central Asia: Perspectives from a Peacebuilding Organisation (Keneshbek Sainazarov, Search for Common Ground)


18/09/2018: Political, security and social developments in Cameroon (Hans De Marie Heungoup, International Crisis Group)


27/06/2018: Mainstreaming Human Rights and Gender in CSDP missions: the case of EUBAM Libya and EUPOL COPPS (Sanna Kaskeala, EUBAM Libya, Emma Hickey & Irina D’Almeida, EUPOL COPPS)

26/06/2018: Conflict Sensitivity: Challenges, Opportunities and Gaps for Actors on the Ground (Maya Assaf-Horstmeier, World Vision International)


22/05/2018: The Inside Story of the Conflict in Southeastern Ukraine (Dr Anna Matveeva)


06/03/2018: Unarmed Civilian Protection: Global needs, Opportunities and Challenges (Tanya Walmsley, Huibert Oldenhuis and Delsy Ronnie, Nonviolent Peaceforce)


27/02/2018: Training Central African troops on International Humanitarian Law – Lessons learnt for CSDP (Cynthia Petrigh, Beyond Peace)

22/02/2018: Reducing Violent Extremism Abroad: What Works? (Dr. Rebecca Wolfe, Mercy Corps and Chiara Galletti, International Alert)

20/02/2018: Early action and the Responsibility to Protect: exchange of views with civil society (Ivan Šimonović, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect)

08/02/2018: After the Summit: what’s next in post-Abidjan AU-EU relations in 2018? (Elissa Jobson, International Crisis Group)


25/01/2018: Peace and Stability Strategies for the Private Sector in Afghanistan (Rabia Nusrat, International Alert)

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