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.

Latest event

Title The 5th AU-EU Summit: an opportunity to reset African Union-European Union relations?
Date Tuesday 7 November 2017
Time 13:00-14:00
Venue European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, Avenue de Tervueren/Tervurenlaan 12, 1040 Brussels (Map)


Relations between the African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) reached a nadir in 2016 following serious disagreements over European payments to AU peacekeepers in Somalia. The fifth AU-EU summit, which will take place on 29-30 November in Abidjan, presents a chance to reinvigorate the partnership if both sides can deal openly with disagreements, and address deep-seated mutual frustration.

In the run-up to the AU-EU summit, EPLO invites you to a Brown Bag Lunch discussion with Elissa Jobson, International Crisis Group’s Advisor for African Union Relations. Elissa will present Crisis Group’s new report entitled ‘Time to Reset African Union-European Union Relations’, which provides a detailed analysis of the relationship between the AU and the EU, identifying and assessing key points of divergence, elucidating concerns and complaints, and suggesting ways to strengthen future relations.

The presentation will be followed by an informal discussion among participants.

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


25/10/2017: The Kosovo Specialist Court and Transitional Justice in Kosovo (Gëzim Visoka, Dublin City University; Kushtrim Koliqi, Integra; and Nenad Maksimović, Centre for Peace and Tolerance)


27/09/2017: Human Rights and Gender Mainstreaming in CSDP Missions: Where does the EU stand? (Taina Jarvinen, Crisis Management and Planning Directorate, European External Action Service)

11/09/2017: World Bank Syria report: ‘The Toll of War: Economic and Social Consequences of the Conflict in Syria’ (Saroj Kumar Jha and Harun Onder, the World Bank)


11/07/2017: Navigating the risks in Counter-terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism: Insights from Kenya and Tunisia (Larry Attree, Amine Ghali, Thomas Nyagah and Kloé Tricot O’Farrell, Safeworld)


28/06/2017: Human Rights and Gender Mainstreaming in CSDP missions: the cases of EUCAP Sahel Mali and EUCAP Sahel Niger (Róisín Drury Tully, EUCAP Sahel Mali, and Anna Lazzari, EUCAP Sahel Niger)

27/06/2017: The EU and conflict prevention in Jordan: Presentation of CSDN Discussion Paper 11 (Laura Davis, European Peacebuilding Liaison Office)

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)


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


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)


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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