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


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The role of civil society in conflict prevention in West Africa: Prospects and challenges

Wednesday 27 August 2014




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



Title Geneva Peace Talks
Type Conference
Organisers United Nations Office at Geneva, Interpeace and Geneva Peacebuilding Platform
Date Friday 19 September 2014 
Time 16.30-19.00
Location Geneva, Switzerland
Short Description

The Geneva Peace Talks brings together people from different sectors and their ideas related to peace to expand the space for discussions on conflict resolution, peacebuilding and practical solutions to violent conflict.

Useful Links

Click here for more information and here to register your participation.

(Deadline for registration: Tuesday 16 September 2014)



Upcoming events organised by other organisations




Title The Power of History in Eastern Europe
Type Conference
Organiser Hanns Seidel Foundation
Date 1 September 2014 
Time 19.30-21.00
Venue Goethe Institute, Rue Belliard 58, 1040 Brussels
Short Description

World War II, initiated by Nazi-Germany on 1 September 1939 led Europe into catastrophic ethnic hatred, destruction and displacement with millions of deaths. The political and economic consequences were severe and lasting, especially in Eastern Europe as economic recovery, democratic restart and assessing individual's involvement in the war were only achieved in Western Europe.


In the battle against national socialist Germany, the Western Allies and the Soviet Union stood together. However, the War Coalition dissolved after the victory over the common enemy and Europe was divided. The Iron Curtain separated Europe into East and West. The Soviet legacy turned out to be a mortgage, which made independence difficult for the successor states. In Ukraine, the fractions and cracks in national identity and political culture are particularly evident and current tensions in the Ukraine have historical roots: many of these tensions are about national heroes and traitors, diverging perceptions of history, national vs. Imperial designs.


History is powerfully present in contemporary politics in Eastern Europe. Prof. Jochen Hellbeck is a specialist in Russian and Soviet history, and his publications on World War II have won him international acclaim.

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(Deadline for registration: Friday 29 August 2014)


Title The European External Action Service and the new institutional balance in EU external action: reconciling autonomy and cooperation 
Type International conference
Organiser Universidad de Salamanca and Centre for International & European Law 
Date 25-26 September 2014 
Time N/A
Location Salamanca, Spain
Short Description

International conference organized in the framework of the Research Project "The establishment of the European External Action Service: legal and institutional implications", funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, with the support of the Centre for the law of EU External Relations (CLEER).

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Title Seventh International Congress on Conflictology and Peace
Type International conference
Organiser Universitat Oberta de Catalunya Campus for Peace
Date 2-3 October 2014 
Time N/A
Location Barcelona, Spain
Short Description

If you have a professional or personal interest in the fields of conflict resolution and peace, make sure you do not miss the seventh International Congress on Conflictology and Peace organized by the UOC Campus for Peace.


They will be two days to share experiences with the leading specialists and renowned experts in armed and violent conflict resolution.

  • Sally Fegan-Wyles, from UNITAR, will give details on the peace operations undertaken by United Nations soldiers.
  • There will be debate on sport’s ability to create and resolve conflict, analysis of how to reduce the cost of conflict in organizations and the latest advances in research will be presented.We would encourage you to play an active part in the workshops on common resources for conflict resolution.


This year there are 45-minute long knowledge pills in Spanish aiming to teach people to manage conflicts using play, music and communication over the internet and there are parallel sessions in English exploring environmental conflicts and looking at the peace process in Northern Ireland.

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(Deadline: 19 September 2014)




Title Third Annual Conference of the Dialogues on Historical Justice and Memory Network: Human Rights and Memory
Type Conference

Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability

Date 4-6 December 2014
Venue Lund, Sweden
Short Description

Human rights have become a globally accessible moral and legal language for expressing universal claims and measuring development; it forms the goal of activism and the ground of resistance. It is also an indispensible part of international political rhetoric and is sometimes used as virtually synonymous with concerns of justice. But how does the human rights perspective relate to collective experiences and memories of injustice, violence, or exclusion? In the field of memory studies many scholars tend to see transculturality and cosmopolitanism in normative terms and memories of past atrocities as promoting a discourse on human rights around the world, but we cannot take that on faith. For example, the common assumption that the memory of the Holocaust served as the impetus for the international human rights doctrine has lately been forcefully challenged. What is the relation between collective memory and experience and human rights? Cultural and transcultural memories can lead to the transcendence of boundaries and an inclusive solidarity, or to contestation and competitive claims. When and why do they aggravate conflicts and when and why do they open up for inclusive approaches or tend towards a universalization of experiences?

This conference aims to discuss and analyze enabling and disabling power of collective memories and lived experiences in relation to human rights. 

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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


Next Event


Designing and Supporting National Dialogues: What Role for the EU and Civil Society?

 Thursday 30 October 2014




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


Latest Event


The EU as a peace actor - peacebuilding in the EU and its neighbourhood

Monday 23 June 2014

Brussels, Belgium