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. More


Latest Event

NATO's support to conflict prevention and transition

Tuesday 19 May 2015




Academic Friends

Academic Friends of EPLO is an informal network of academics working on peacebuilding and conflict issues, and/or the role of the EU in peacebuilding worldwide. The purpose of the network is to connect practitioners and advocates seeking to influence the EU to make it more effective at peacebuilding with academics carrying out research on the EU and conflict. More



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Civil Society Events


This page includes information about events which are being organised by EPLO's member organisations and other civil society organisations or events which are open to civil society participation.


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Upcoming events organised by EPLO member organisations



Peaceful approaches to Countering Violent Extremism:

Experiences from Central Asia

Type Lunchtime discussion
Organisers Search for Common Ground
Date Wednesday 20 May 2015
Time 13.00-14.00
Venue Search for Common Ground, Rue Belliard / Belliardstraat 205, 1040 Brussels
Short Description

Over the last fifteen years, many governments have attempted to respond to violent extremism through military methods. These have included targeted killings of leaders of extremist groups, disruption of plots through surveillance, and efforts to constrain their networks by economic sanctions. These efforts to combat violent extremism through violent means have neither curtailed such violence, nor prevented the risk of more of it. The only way forward is to understand what leads someone to commit such acts, and prevent them from making that choice. Violent extremism can be an extremely difficult issue to tackle, particularly when the government and moderate religious leaders lack the theological training, organization, and leadership skills needed to counter radical narratives.


With recent reports in The Guardian putting the number of Central Asian migrants fighting in Syria at 4,000, the devastating effects of violent extremism in the region and beyond cannot be ignored.


In Kyrgyzstan, Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is using its global experience with intra-religious dialogue to establish a Consultative Working Group with key government ministries, the security forces and religious institutions in order to explore the roots and potential triggers for violent extremism, and find solutions to prevent it. SFCG's Director for Kyrgyzstan, Keneshbek Sainazarov, will share key insights on peaceful approaches to countering violent extremism in Kyrgyzstan and the wider region.

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Title Roundtable on Keeping Peace on the Agenda: What will a peace goal mean for the post-2015 framework?                                                                                                               
Type Roundtable
Organisers World Vision Brussels & EU Representation
Date Thursday 28 May 2015
Time 14:00 - 16:00
Venue COMECE, Square de Meeus 19, 1050 Brussels
Short Description

This roundtable seeks to explore the European Union's position with regard to the implementation of the post-2015 peace goal and related accountability mechanisms. The event will also focus on the expected benefits of the peace goal for the broader post-2015 sustainable development agenda. It aims to raise awareness amongst EU representatives and civil society of the role that children and young people play in peacebuilding as agents of change.

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Upcoming events organised by other organisations


Title Health Through Peace 2015: Confronting War, Militarisation and Global Insecurity                                                                                                                                                                       
Type Teach-In and Forum
Organisers Medact
Date 13-14 November 2015
Location London, UK



War, armed conflict and militarism end and blight the lives of hundreds of millions of people worldwide. These problems are being intensified by climate change, resource depletion and increasing inequality, as well as a growing and unaccountable military-industrial complex.Our response to these issues relies on too narrow an idea of what it means to be secure, whilst we continue to believe that we can protect ourselves from complex threats by military power alone. Doing so in an increasingly inter-connected and fragile world only accentuates our insecurity. Nurses, doctors and other health professionals have a key role to play in challenging the drivers of war and armed conflict. We can also promote of a vision of security that is based on health, sustainability, peace and, ultimately, our common humanity. We are calling on the UK health community to promote health by confronting war and militarisation, and tackling the root drivers of global insecurity.



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Civil Society Dialogue Network

The Civil Society Dialogue Network (CSDN) is a mechanism for dialogue between civil society and EU policy-makers on issues related to peace and conflict. It is co-financed by the European Union (Instrument for Stability) and EPLO, and managed by EPLO in co-operation with the European Commission (EC) and the European External Action Service (EEAS)More


Latest Event

Nagorno-Karabakh: Continuing EU support for building peace - Gatherine civil civil society support

Tuesday 12 May 2015




The EU and Peacebuilding: From European Peace Project to Global Actor

The EU and Peacebuilding: From European Peace Project to Global Actor is an 18-month project co-financed by the European Commission (Europe for Citizens Programme) and aimed at engaging a broad range of actors in a dialogue on the EU's role in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and its history as a peace project. More


Final Event


The EU as a peace actor: Peacebuilding in the EU and its neighbourhood

Brussels, Belgium

*This event took place on 23 June 2014 and was the final event of the project*