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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Yemen: Pathways for Peace and Stability

Search for Common Ground (Search) and the Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) would like to invite you to the following presentation by Search for Common Ground’s Yemen Country Director, Shoqi Maktary with welcoming remarks by Search for Common Ground’s President and CEO, Shamil Idriss.


Yemen is at a critical juncture in its history. In a country of approximately 27 million people, over 10,000 have been killed, 3.1 million displaced, and thousands more are facing food insecurity and an unprecedented cholera outbreak. Violence and the humanitarian crisis now reach all Yemenis, diplomatic solutions remain at a stalemate, and social cohesion at the local level continues to disintegrate. Yet, despite these disheartening current realities, crucial entry points for peacebuilding remain. One of the only NGOs still working on the ground in Yemen, Search for Common Ground is continuing to implement programs to build local resilience to conflict and violence; combining peacebuilding efforts with life-saving humanitarian assistance.


Shoqi Maktary is Search for Common Ground’s Country Director in Yemen. He will share his analysis on the complex and evolving dynamics throughout the country and provide an overview of Search’s inclusive, gender-sensitive approach to peacebuilding. He will also present a recently published Peace Analysis, which provides concrete policy and programmatic recommendations gathered from our work on the ground that can be used by government bodies, supranational agencies, and INGOs to inform successful peacebuilding efforts in Yemen.


When: Thursday 6th of July, 3:30PM- 5PM

Where: BSIS, 2A Boulevard Louis Schmidt, 1040 Etterbeek

Registration: RSVP to Fien de Baere,, please note that seats are limited and registration is recommended.



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Room available in Ixelles

Room for rent in Ixelles (Rue Cans).
Minimum 6 months.
The room is very large and is one of 3 in the apartment. It also has 2 full bathrooms and a large living area with kitchen (2 fridges, oven, dishwasher, microwave). There is also a washing machine and a tumble dryer in the apartment.

Storage is available in the cellar.

Rent is €415 and with the bills it totals under €500 per month. Deposit is €800.

The other two people in the apartment are a 26yo Italian guy and a 26yo Spanish/American girl. For further information get in touch with Marija Djakova (

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Dr Yvan Guichaoa features in African Arguments


Mali: The stoning that didn’t happen, and why it matters

Dr Yvan Guichaoua has co-written an article with Ferdaous Bohlel from the University of Tours and Jean-Hervé Jézéquel, an analyst at the International Crisis Group. The article was published on African Arguments on 21st June 2017.

For the full article see:

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Dr Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels speaking at CEPS/ EUI event, 20th June, Brussels

Dr Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels will be participating in a panel on socio-economic and demographic dynamics in the Euro-Med region at the Migration Policy Centre event, “Thinking beyond the crisis: Future governance of migration in Europe.”

Labour migration and mobility are, and will continue to be, key dynamics in the Euro-Mediterranean region. They are central to the social, economic and political development of the region. As a direct result, they are also key components of relations between the European Union, EU member states and countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The European Union needs therefore to devise a long-term comprehensive governance model.
This event, co-organised by the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) at the European University Institute (EUI) and the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), will provide an opportunity to debate the future governance of migration in Europe.
The main issue that will be discussed is the role of human mobility for development on both sides of the Mediterranean. More specifically, the focus will be: Europe with or without migration; socio-demographic change in the Euro-Mediterranean region; the political dynamics of migration and mobility; the contributions of migration and its wider social, economic and political effects.

For further information, click here.

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FLATMATE WANTED! Room with private bathroom available from 17th of July. In Porte de Namur /Chaussée d’Ixelles

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Dr Harm Schepel at the “Perspectives on Regulatory Cooperation” Summer School at Collegio Carlo Alberto

Dr Harm Schepel will be attending and speaking at Collegio Carlo Alberto’s Summer School on “Perspectives on Regulatory Cooperation”, 19-23 June 2017, Turin, Italy.

Other speakers include:

  • Alberto Alemanno (HEC Paris and NYU)
  • Marija Bartl (Amsterdam University)
  • Giacinto della Cananea (University of Rome Tor Vergata)
  • Daniele Gallo (LUISS)
  • Lawrence Gormley (University of Groningen)
  • Luis Hinojosa (University of Granada)
  • Claire Kilpatrick (EUI)
  • Fernanda Nicola (American University Washington)

For the full programme click here.

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One Year after the Brexit Vote – Implications for Security and International Order

Since the British electorate voted in favour of the UK leaving the EU in the referendum on 23rd June 2016, hardly a day has gone by without the topic being in the news or the subject of an expert panel. This is not surprising because the process of extracting the UK from the EU looks set to be extraordinarily complex and to have implications that are likely to reach into all areas of policy. Moreover, as the EU can be seen as one of the essential cornerstones of a peaceful Europe and of the liberal international order, Brexit may also turn out to have important, albeit subtle, implications for security and international order. What will be the implications for European security, for the CSDP and European defence cooperation, for the transatlantic relationship and NATO and for the wider liberal international order? These are the questions that will be addressed by a panel of security experts who each focus on these less tangible, but certainly no less important implications of last year’s Brexit vote.


22nd June 2017 – 16.00 – 18.00

BSIS Auditorium, Espace Rolin, Boulevard Louis Schmidt 2a, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

Registration via email at:

Please provide full name and institution of affiliation

Further information:

T: +32 2541 1728 / +44 1227 826295



16.00 – 16.10           Welcome and introductions

                                    Dr Tom Casier, Brussels School of International Studies

16.10 – 16.25            Brexit and Strategy

                                    Professor Sven Biscop, Egmont

16.25 – 16.40            Future UK Foreign Policy and Security Policy

                                    Professor Richard Whitman, University of Kent

16.40 – 16.55            Brexit and NATO

                                    Dr Jamie Shea, NATO

 16.55 – 17.10            Brexit – and the liberal international order?

                                    Professor Trine Flockhart, University of Kent

 17.10 – 17.30            Moderated panel discussion

                                    Dr Tom Casier, Brussels School of International Studies

 17.30 – 18.00           Q & A


Speaker biographies

Tom Casier is Academic Director of the Brussels School of International Studies as well as Jean Monnet Chair and Reader in International Relations. He is Deputy Director of the Global Europe Centre. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Leuven, where he lectures on political developments in Central and Eastern Europe. Tom Casier’s research interests include EU-Russia relations (including energy), Russian foreign policy, European Neighbourhood Policy / Eastern Partnership and Europe and global change. Recent articles have appeared in International Politics, Journal of European Integration, Democratization, Geopolitics and Europe-Asia Studies.

Sven Biscop is the director of the Europe in the World programme at the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels. His research focuses on the foreign, security and defence policies of the European Union, NATO and their Member States. Sven teaches at Ghent University and at the College of Europe in Bruges. He is a member of the Executive Academic Board of the EU’s European Security and Defence College (ESDC). Sven is a Senior Research Fellow within the Global Europe Centre (GEC) at the School of Politics and International Relations of the University of Kent, and an a Senior Associate Fellow of the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES). Sven’s latest book is Peace without Money, War without Americans – Can European Strategy Cope? (Ashgate, 2015).

Richard G. Whitman is Professor of Politics and Head of the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent. He is the Director of the Global Europe Centre and also an Associate Fellow of Chatham House. His current research interests include Brexit and especially the future foreign and security and defence policies of the EU and the UK, and the governance and future priorities of the EU. He is the author and editor of twelve books and published over sixty articles and book chapters. Professor Whitman is a regular international media commentator. Recent coverage has included BBC radio and television, Sky, ITV, CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC and he has been quoted by print publications including The Financial Times, Newsweek, Reuters, the International Herald Tribune and the Wall Street Journal. He has given evidence to the UK Parliament on UK and EU foreign and security issues.

Jamie Shea is NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges. He has been working with NATO since 1980 in many different positions such as Director of Policy Planning in the Private Office of the Secretary General, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for External Relations and Spokesman of NATO. Outside NATO, Jamie Shea holds a number of academic positions such as Professor at the Collège d’Europe, Bruges, Visiting Lecturer in the Practice of Diplomacy, University of Sussex, Associate Professor of International Relations at the American University, Washington DC. He also lectures at the Brussels School of International Studies at the University of Kent and at the Security and Strategy institute of the University of Exeter and he is a Senior Transatlantic Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and a Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics.

Trine Flockhart is Professor of International Relations and Director of Research in the School of Politics and International Relations at University of Kent. She was previously a Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies and a Senior Resident Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington DC. Her research focuses on international order and systemic change, NATO, European Security, transatlantic relations and the liberal international order. Her most recent publications include ‘The Problem of Change in Constructivist Theory – Ontological Security Seeking and Agent Motivation’ in Review of International Studies and ‘The Coming Multi-Order World’ published in Contemporary Security Policy and awarded the 2017 Bernard Brodie Prize.


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Dr Maria Mälksoo and Raphaël Wolff at EWIS 2017 in Cardiff, 7-10 June 2017

Dr Maria Mälksoo and BSIS PhD researcher Raphaël Wolff will participate in the workshop ‘Security in Matter, Memory and Time’ at Cardiff University, Wales on 7-10 June 2017 in the framework of the 4th European Workshops in International Studies. The workshop is co-convened by Maria Mälksoo, Karl Gustafsson (Swedish Institute of International Affairs and Stockholm University), Dagmar Rychnovska (Charles University, Prague) and Jan Daniel (Charles University, Prague). 

The European Workshops in International Studies, launched in 2013, have become quickly a vital place for the European IR community to engage in sustained, in-depth and productive discussion. They bring together a diverse range of peers from a variety of institutions, countries, disciplines and career stages, which has proved to be fertile ground for the development of projects, special issues, edited collections and for driving forward thinking in key areas. This year’s theme “New Frontiers in International Relations” foregrounds the importance of pushing traditional boundaries and going beyond disciplinary and intellectual frontiers. The 23 workshops that were chosen from the open call reflect this theme well. With 340 participants from across the globe this year’s EWIS is not only the largest so far, but the most diverse. 

More information on EWIS 2017 is available here: (note that Workshop T where the BSIS scholars present their research, is listed with a different name).

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Revisiting the battlefields of WWI – 26 June 2017


Revisiting the battlefields of WW1

26 June 2017 | Cost per person €35

There are a limited number of places on a visit to the First World War battlefields around Ypres on Monday 26 June 2017, an area which experienced some of the most intense fighting of the war.  During the day you will be guided by Dr Michael Palo, a history professor with detailed knowledge of the First World War.  You will learn about the human cost as well as the political impact of the war, and discover how those experiences have shaped the Europe of today.

 The trip will feature a visit to the In Flanders Field Museum and several key sites that include:

–          Langemark | German military cemetery

–          Tyne Cot | The largest Commonwealth cemetery

–          Menin Gate | The Last Post Ceremony was established in 1927 to honour fallen soldiers. It has taken place every evening at Menin Gate since then

You MUST register your interest by emailing Sophie Punt at

by Thursday 22 June 2017 at 5pm if you would like to attend. You will then be sent an itinerary and short form to fill in as well as payment instructions.

The total cost of the trip is €35 and includes the following:

–          Transport | Includes return journey from Brussels to Ypres, and all sites throughout the day. Transport is via coach.

–          Guide | Specialised commentary by Dr Michael Palo and Martine Delsemme

–          Lunch

–          Museum entrance the In Flanders Field Museum

Spaces are limited so sign up by Thursday 22 June 2017 at 5pm. For registration or questions, please email

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Dr Tom Casier and Dr Maria Mälksoo at the Foreign Policy and Ontological Security Workshop in Helsinki, 1-2 June 2017

Dr Tom Casier and Dr Maria Mälksoo will present their research on EU-Russia relations and hybrid warfare-related insecurities in Europe at the Third Workshop on Political Psychology and European Integration at the Aleksanteri Institute in Helsinki on 1-2 June 2017.

This is the third workshop in the series organised between University of Copenhagen, Lund University and Tampere University.  The organisers are Prof. Tuomas Forsberg (Tampere), Prof. Catarina KInnvall (Lund) and Dr Julie Hassing Nielsen (Copenhagen). The workshop has two tracks: it focuses on EU foreign policy on the one hand and ontological security on the other. It is organised in preparation for a special issue of European Security.

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