MA EU External Relations – Exciting Scholarship Announcement

MA EU External Relations

We will be launching a brand new MA degree from September 2015, MA EU External Relations. This programme draws on the presence of the EU and other institutions in the proximity of the Brussels School of International Studies and builds on the tradition of inviting high-level diplomats to share their views with students. Key modules are taught by leading experts in the field from both the Brussels and Canterbury campuses of the University of Kent.

Modules offered:

  • European Foreign and Security Policy
  • EU International Relations Law
  • EU Politics and Governance
  • Europe and Global Change
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • International Relations Theory

 To celebrate the launch of this new degree programme, we will be offering one full scholarship (worth €16,500 and equivalent to a 100% fee waiver) to one successful recipient.

To apply for the scholarship, you should apply for the MA EU External Relations programme online before the 24th April and state in the “Reasons for Study” section on the application your interest in the scholarship.

Applications should be made online, here:

For more information please email or visit

This is a new MA programme offered as of 2015-2016. It replaces the MA in European Public Policy.

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OSCE observation mission for PhD Researcher

PhD Researcher Octavius Pinkard recently participated in an observation mission with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which is the world’s largest regional security organization. Attached to the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), he was deployed as part of the official OSCE/ODIHR delegation to observe the presidential election in Kyrgyzstan which took place on 15 October. Octavius was seconded to the mission by the US Department of State. Recent assignments have included Belarus, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, multiple deployments to Moldova and a previous assignment to Kyrgyzstan. Octavius’ research focuses on transformations in identity development and projection among Lebanese diaspora communities in the United States and Senegal. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Visiting Researcher at both the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies at SOAS (University of London), and the Institute for Migration Studies at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. He is supervised by Dr. Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels and Dr. Yvan Guichaoua.

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BSIS Open Evening Next Week

BSIS will be hosting an open evening on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 from 17:00 – 19:30, which will take place in the student study area.

You may use other seminar rooms and classrooms at BSIS for study during this time as we will keep the whole School open until 19:30.

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BSIS US Loans students – SAP form

US loan recipient’s may have received a message from Foreign Loans, requesting you to fill in and submit a Satisfactory Academic Progress (Attendance Monitoring) US Federal Loans form.

If this is the case, simply ask your programme convenor/tutor, to complete the second box in the form and scan the form back to as soon as possible.


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BGSU Weekly Round Up – Nov 13

The following message is from the BGSU

Hello everyone!

The BGSU will be doing a weekly round up of upcoming events. If you have anything you’d like to add, please send them to:

One big thing we are launching this week is FDR consultations. The course saw big changes this term and we want to hear what YOU think: what works and what could be improved.

Please fill out the survey here:

We are also hosting two consultations this week, Tues 14th and Thursday 16th, more details below.





LinkedIn Workshop – How to Create, Manage and Expand Your Network

Hosted by Human Rights Society

Lecture Room 1



Two Capitals Programme Information Sessions

Tuesday, 14th November


Seminar Room 3



FDR Consultation #2

Hosted by BGSU

Seminar Room 2



BSIS Basketball!

L5 – VUB Gym

Boulevard de la Plaine 2, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium




How to get an Internship at the UN & International Organisations

Hosted by Key2Advance

Friday, November 17th


11am – 1pm


BSIS Football (Soccer)

L1-3 – VUB Gym

Boulevard de la Plaine 2, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium



Look ahead:

  • November 22nd – BSIS Open Evening
  • November 24th – YPFP Gala
  • November 29th – How to become an EU contract agent with EEAS, delegations or agencies
  • December Holiday Party & Sports Awards: Date/Venue TBC
  • The Future of Europe Roundtable – December 14th at BSIS
  • International Conference – April 5th
  • International Student Dinner – April 7th

Don’t forget!

Remember, Remember, November is NOVEMBER!

We are raising money for pro

European Union External Action Service Visit

January 2018

The European Union External Action is a service that focuses on diplomatic relations and strategies in foreign policy and security. This is an event for students in BSIS who are interested in this organization. This visit includes numerous opportunities’ in engaging, networking and creating ideas in action. There are professionals and activities that are willing to provide an insight on their work and finding careers.

If anyone is still interested there is a Google doc for students who would like to sign up:

For more info: Kauthar Aden Farah

New searchable BSIS Library database:

Thank you to Laura Skillen and the team who scanned all the books onto this database. Check it out!

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New book chapter by Dr Maria Mälksoo

Dr Maria Mälksoo has published a chapter in Law and Memory: Towards Legal Governance of History, edited by Uladzislau Belavusau and Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias (Cambridge University Press, 2017). The chapter, entitled ‘Kononov v. Latvia as an ontological security struggle over remembering the Second World War’​ delves into the previously uncharted relations between international adjudication and the ontological security-seeking behaviour of states on the example of Latvia’s and Russia’s contestation of the Kononov ​case at the European Court of Human Rights.

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The Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarships

Open to PhD students of all nationalities

We are delighted to announce that we are calling for applications for two doctoral scholarships to students starting in September 2018.


At the Brussels School, we provide research supervision on a wide range of topics across Law, Politics and International Relations. The School has a tradition of high-quality research among its staff and students and our vibrant research culture attract students from all over the world who conduct interdisciplinary research. We offer doctoral degrees in International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political and Social Thought, International Conflict Analysis and Law. We advise all interested applicants to identify a potential supervisor from the list of Brussels School of International Studies academic staff. Click for details of the research interests of our staff.

Candidates must hold a good Master’s degree at high merit or distinction in a relevant subject (relevant subjects include, but are not limited to: Anthropology, Economics, History, International Relations, Law, Political Geography, Political Science and Sociology).

The scholarship competition is open to all new postgraduate research applicants.

How to Apply

To be eligible for these scholarships, candidates must make a formal application for postgraduate research study at the University of Kent. Applications to the University can be made online. For a complete application, we require a 3,000 word research proposal, transcripts from both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and two academic references. A CV and motivation letter is also recommended.

Applicants should ensure they select ‘Brussels’ as the campus of study and to also inform the Admissions Officer of their intention to apply by emailing

The Scholarship

The scholarships cover the full cost of the fees and include a stipend at a rate equivalent to the Research Council rate (2018 rate yet to be confirmed.)

For more information, please contact the Brussels Admissions Officer, Michael Sewell on

Deadline for application: Friday 19th January 2018, 17:00.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. This can take place in person at BSIS or via Skype and interviews are likely to take place in March. Further details will follow.

Please also see:


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Invitation to the Brussels Climate Diplomacy Conference – 20 November

If you are interested in attending the Brussels Climate Diplomacy Conference, please let Alastair Ross ( know by this Thursday 9th November.


International Conference

 “Enhancing Climate Diplomacy in a Changing Political Environment”

 New Opportunities for Cooperation among International Organisations on Climatic Threats to International, National, Human and Environmental Security

Brussels – 20 November 2017


On behalf of the participating organisations in the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy and our partner organisations * we are pleased to invite you to the international conference on “Enhancing Climate Diplomacy in a Changing Political Environment” to be held at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels on Monday, 20 November 2017.

In this first event of its kind in Brussels after the UN climate conference in Bonn in November key issues to be examined include:

What will be the likely effects of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement on the international community’s increasing concern about the security impacts of climate change and other environmental challenges?

What more can be done to enhance cooperation and coordination among regional and international organisations to better address the security threats posed by climate change?

What is the proper role for the military and security community in preparing for and responding to the impacts of climate change?

The conference programme includes presentations and discussions among high level speakers from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, North America and the Pacific including from the United Nations, NATO, OSCE and the European Union as well as several governments, think-tanks and NGOs.

Visit the BDCD website to download the conference brochure and programme and for regular updates.

Participation in the conference is free and by personal invitation only.


We hope you will join us in Brussels for this important event.


Sincerely yours,

Ronald A. Kingham, Director, Environment & Development Resource Centre

Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP, President, GLOBE EU

Alexander Verbeek, Founder, Institute for Planetary Security




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Movie Night | Screening #3 on Nov 8 | National Bird

Our third (Conflict) Movie Night is happening this Wednesday at 7pm, in the Auditorium and everybody is welcome.

The original idea for this session was to show a film illustrating the militarisation of society, the blurring of lines between policing and warfare and between war an peace.

I originally thought about some sci-fi stuff. But reality may well beat fiction: let’s talk about drones and their unlimited capacity to observe our lives and kill from above!

The documentary National Bird explores these questions. Find reviews here, here, here or here.

Find out more about drones by reading this fantastic and highly readable book or consulting this creepy database.

See you all on Wednesday,


Dr Yvan Guichaoua | Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS)


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Two Capitals Programme (Virginia Tech) – information session Tuesday 14th November

Two Capitals – earn two Masters degrees in two global capitals of the world!

Brussels School of International Studies are pleased to be running the Two Capitals in collaboration with Virginia Tech in Washington DC, which gives students a unique opportunity to earn two Master degrees in two capitals, and learn about international affairs in a global context! As part of the programme, students spend one year at the Brussels School of International Studies before moving to Virginia Tech in Washington DC, to broaden their understanding of international studies and experience different approaches to International Studies on different continents and in different global capitals.

If you are interested in pursuing the Two Capitals options, we invite you to this information session to find out more about how it all works, where you will study and how to apply.

Dr Georgeta Pourchot (Programme Director) will visit BSIS in November to meet with interested students. You can meet with Michael and Georgeta on Tuesday 14th November from 1pm – 2pm in Seminar Room 3.

Which BSIS courses does this cover?

In order to undertake the Two Capitals Programme, you must be studying one of the following courses at BSIS:

MA in International Relations

MA in International Migration

MA in International Conflict and Security

MA in EU External Relations

MA in International Development

MA in International Political Economy.

If you are interested in the Two capitals exchange with China Foreign Affairs university in Beijing, please look out for an information session later in the term.

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Liasing with your dissertation supervisor (March deadline students only)


This is a message for students submitting their dissertation in March 2018 only.

You all have a supervisor now, after having submitted a draft proposal earlier this month. It is your responsibility to liaise with your supervisor to work toward the next step, i.e. the dissertation outline (deadline: 24 Nov). Only a few students seem to have initiated the conversation so far. Please do so asap. Note that there is no restriction on the frequency of meetings with your supervisor: this is something you need to discuss with your supervisor. The faculty is looking forward to hearing from you to start this long but rewarding intellectual journey!

Best wishes,


Dr Yvan Guichaoua | Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS)

Lecturer in International Conflict Analysis

Director MA in International Development

Director of Graduate Studies

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