Europe as a Peace project? Rethinking EU Strategy towards conflict in the neighbourhood and beyond

  • Date: 24 May 2016
  • Time: 18:30-20:00
  • Venue: OLD 4.10, Old Building, LSE
  • Chair: Robert Cooper
  • Speakers: Dr Javier Solana, Professor Mary Kaldor

Europe is surrounded by war. But current approaches to conflict no longer work. Can the EU offer a 21st century alternative? This event is the UK launch of the ‘Berlin Report’ – result of a joint project of the LSE Human Security Study Group and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, London Office to EU High Representative Federica Mogherini : From Hybrid peace to Human Security. The Report is a formal part of the roadmap of consultations for the Strategic Review of EU External Policy. It draws on research undertaken at the LSE ‘s research programmes Security in Transition and Justice and Security.

Javier Solana is president of ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics (Barcelona-Madrid), and distinguished fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution. He is also a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. From 1999 to 2009, Dr. Solana was Secretary General of the Council of the European Union (EU) and High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the EU; and from 1995 to 1999, Secretary General of NATO.

Mary Kaldor is Professor of Global Governance, Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit and CEO of the DFID-funded Justice and Security Research Programme at the London School of Economics. Her books include Human Security: Reflections on Globalization and Intervention (2007), Global Civil Society: An Answer to War (2003) and New and Old Wars: Organised Violence in a Global Era (1999). She was co-chair of the Helsinki Citizens Assembly, a member of the International Independent Commission on Kosovo, and convenor of the Human Security Study Group, which reported to Javier Solana, and now to Federica Mogherini.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come first served basis.

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A podcast of the event is available here.