Newsletter March 2015

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IES Contributes to Belgian Defence Wise Pen Team

Earlier this year, Belgian Minister of Defence Steven Vandeput invited fourteen experts including IES Assistant Director Prof. Dr. Alexander Mattelaer to reflect on the future of the Belgian armed forces. Each member of this ‘wise pen’ team authored a paper addressing questions on whether Belgium would need an armed force in 2030, what its core tasks would be and into which direction the department should evolve from today’s reality. Their findings were discussed at a high-level colloquium organised in Brussels on 25 February 2015. The compilation of all wise pen papers, including Alexander’s contribution entitled ‘Een adaptieve krijgsmacht voor onzekere tijden’, is available to download.


IES in the Media

4 February 2015 - Sebastian Oberthür : A climate agreement of sorts in: Euro Correspondent
5 February - Alexander Mattelaer: Putin could attack Baltic states warns former Nato chief In: The Telegraph

17 February - Alexander Mattelaer: How Strong Is NATO? In: BBC World Service - The Inquiry

18 February - Alexander Mattelaer: Wijzen hervormen leger In: De Morgen

20 February - Daniel Fiott: Malta needs to play its security role to the fullest In: Malta Today

21 February - Esther Marijnen: De stiltes en onzichtbaarheden in Virunga, the Movie In: Mondiaal Nieuws

26 February - Alexander Mattelaer: "Defensie en industrie moeten hand in hand" In: De Morgen



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Prospects for EU-Japan relations

10 Mar: 12:00-14:00
The nexus between transnational nature conservation and statehood formation in conflict-ridden areas: a conceptual framework

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The Temple Asylum Game: Workshop and Simulation Exercise on Societal Security

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Measuring and Explaining EU Effectiveness in the International Climate Change and Biodiversity Negotiations Over Time

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The EU in Close-up

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When Ethnicity Meets Gender and Class: Does the EU Contribute to Empower Roma Women in Central and Eastern European Member States?

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Chinese FDI in Europe’s energy sector: Blessing or threat?
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