Events

Prof Florian Trauner frequently organises events in the context of the EXACT Jean Monnet Chair. Below is an overview of both upcoming and past events. Some have a direct link to the Chair's topic of counter-terrorism, others are more indirectly linked because of their substantial educational component, or because they provide valuable output (e.g. on topics such as radicalisation or migration and minorities) that reinforces the activities of the EXACT Chair.


Masterclass Middle East: Geopolitics in  Europe's Neighbourhood (2019)


What is Saudi Arabia’s role in the Middle East? Masterclass Middle East by Oz Hassan. Saudi Arabia has often been declared a “democracy blocker” and “counter-revolutionary” force in the Middle East and North Africa. This assumption should be challenged with a more nuanced understanding of Saudi foreign policy that goes beyond a narrative of “good democracy promoters” and “bad democracy blockers” for the region. Understanding that Saudi foreign policy is an elite-led enterprise that is “interest driven” rather than ideologically tied to a Wahhabi ideology allows for more nuance to emerge.

THE NEXT WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST BY KOERT DEBEUF (CARTOONS BY JUAN) 28.02.2019 - 19:30 Today there are civil wars in Syria, Yemen and Libya. Every one of them is also a proxy war between countries and ideologies. This means that conflict in the region is much broader than these civil wars. Koert Debeuf will give an overview of where we might expect new wars in the Middle East in the near future and how this will affect Europe. Koert Debeuf lived in Cairo where he observed first-hand the Arab Revolution. His analyses appear in American, European and Middle Eastern media. Juan is a Syrian cartoonist who lives in France. Juan mostly makes cartoons about the Syrian war, prisoners in Syria and refugees.



THE NEXT WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST BY KOERT DEBEUF (CARTOONS BY JUAN) 28.02.2019 - 19:30 Today there are civil wars in Syria, Yemen and Libya. Every one of them is also a proxy war between countries and ideologies. This means that conflict in the region is much broader than these civil wars. Koert Debeuf will give an overview of where we might expect new wars in the Middle East in the near future and how this will affect Europe. Koert Debeuf lived in Cairo where he observed first-hand the Arab Revolution. His analyses appear in American, European and Middle Eastern media. Juan is a Syrian cartoonist who lives in France. Juan mostly makes cartoons about the Syrian war, prisoners in Syria and refugees.



THE ISRAEL-PALESTINE PEACE PROCESS IS (REALLY, TRULY) DEAD. NOW WHAT? BY LARA FRIEDMAN (CARTOONS BY SARA QAED

Halfway into Donald Trump’s four-year term as president of the United States, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is, irrefutably, dead. For all who reject zero-sum outcomes in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this is an historic moment of both peril and opportunity: the way forward on Israel-Palestine, and how it fits into and impacts on the broader regional picture, is now uncharted territory.



THE ISRAEL-PALESTINE PEACE PROCESS IS (REALLY, TRULY) DEAD. NOW WHAT? BY LARA FRIEDMAN (CARTOONS BY SARA QAED)

Halfway into Donald Trump’s four-year term as president of the United States, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is, irrefutably, dead. For all who reject zero-sum outcomes in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this is an historic moment of both peril and opportunity: the way forward on Israel-Palestine, and how it fits into and impacts on the broader regional picture, is now uncharted territory.


MASTERCLASS MIDDLE EAST: GEOPOLITICS IN EUROPE'S NEIGHBOURHOOD (FEB-APR 2018)



The Silk Road of the Middle East by Peter Frankopan, Professor World History, Oxford University, author of The Silk Roads - 21 February 2018

Introduction by Caroline Pauwels, Rector VUB




How to stop migration from Libya? By Mahmoud Jibril, former Prime Minister of Libya, leader of the National Forces Alliance -12 March 2018

Introduction by Karel De Gucht, President of the Board of the IES

Has the Arab revolution only started? By Koert Debeuf, author of Inside the Arab Revolution, director TIMEP Europe - 28 March 2018

Introduction by Jan Völkel, Researcher IES




The future of Islamism, by Tarek Osman, author of Islamism and Egypt on the brink, advisor for the EBRD.

Introduction by Luk Van Langenhove, Academic Director IES

The future of Turkey by Mustafa Akyol, author of Islam without extremes and The Islamic Jesus, Turkish journalist - 25 April 2018

Introduction by Koert Debeuf, Director TIMEP Europe

DEVELOPMENT AND DEMOCRATIZATION IN THE NEW GAMBIA: AFRICAN AND EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVES (18 Jan 2019)

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On 18 January Florian Trauner organised and moderated a Policy Forum featuring Mr. Badara A. Joof, the Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology of The Gambia and Prof. Dr Faqir Muhammad Anjum, the Vice Chancellor of the University of The Gambia (UTG). Topics discussed included The Gambia’s perspective on the linkages between development cooperation and higher education, the ways in which the new government is overcoming development challenges relating not only to education but also migration, and lessons The Gambia can learn from European higher educational systems.

CREATION OF BIRMM  - Brussels Interdisciplinary Research centre on Migration and Minorities (kick-off event 19 Oct 2018)

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On 19 October 2018, the Migration, Diversity and Justice cluster of the Institute for European Studies organised the kick-off and internal networking meeting of the new VUB’s Brussels Interdisciplinary Research centre on Migration and Minorities (BIRMM). BIRMM gathers over 90 VUB researchers from 10 disciplines working on migration and diversity related topics, mostly in social sciences (sociology, political science, communication science, criminology), history, philosophy and law. BIRMM is coordinated by Prof. Florian Trauner and Prof. Ilke Adam and a board of delegates with one representative per research centre or department. More on BIRMM >>>


EU-AFRICAN COOPERATION ON MIGRATION: WHAT ARE THE AFRICAN INTERESTS? (3 APRIL 2019, 6:00 - 7:30 pm)
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