European Defence: 17 cooperation projects underway; more to follow later in 2018

EU ministers of defence, meeting informally in Sofia on 4-5 May, reviewed advances in the framework of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) in the field of defence and discussed new projects to build further on the rapid progress made over the last two years. Following the budget proposal on 2 May which sees a 22-fold increase in EU defence spending for 2021-2027, EU High Representative Mogherini also announced her intention to present a detailed proposal by mid-June on the new European Peace Facility, an additional instrument to finance the EU’s work on defence and military operations.


Read more at EEAS homepage.

Apply for summer school on “War, reconstruction and establishment of peace from the roots of war to the establishment of a lasting Peace”

3rd Summer School
War, Reconstruction and Establishment of peace
from the roots of war to the establishment of a lasting Peace

August 30th– September 6th, 2018

(deadline for applications, July 31, 2018)

The European Center of Peace Science, Integration and Cooperation (CESPIC) of the Catholic University “Our Lady Of Good Counsel” organizes the 3rd Summer School “War, reconstruction and establishment of peace from the roots of war to the establishment of a lasting Peace”. The Summer school aims to provide a group of international graduate students with scientific pillars about roots of war, peace and issues in peacebuilding. In line with Peace Science tradition, the program is interdisciplinary involving disciplines such as economics, political science, international relations and history. The Summer school is designed for graduate students with a strong interest in the scientific study of Peace that are either willing to proceed to advanced graduate studies or to become future practitioners in the field of international relations and peacebuilding. In order to favor also a fruitful and open dialogue with the faculty a small group of students will be selected. The faculty (please see the list below) is composed of world-class scholars in the field. Classes will be held between august 30th and  September 6th at the Catholic University Our Lady of Good Counsel in Tirana.

The Summer School is organized by CESPIC ( in cooperation with: Institute of Economics and Peace ( and Confronti (

Raul Caruso, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart and CESPIC – Director

Arzu Kibris, University of Warwick

Han Dorussen, University of Essex

Scott Gates, PRIO

Christos Kollias, Thessaly University

Subhasish Chowdury, University of Bath

Vincenzo Bove, University of Warwick

Tobias Böhmelt, University of Essex

Michele di Maio, University of Naples Parthenope

Roberto Ricciuti, University of Verona.

Application: please contact:  and send a detailed curriculum vitae and other relevant information about you. References are not required but they are welcome. Submit your application by July 31, 2018. Since a first-come first-served criterion will be also considered for selection please apply early, as space in the program is limited.

Fee: 500 euros. The fee includes lunch. A small number of grants can be provided.
Accommodation: accommodation solutions can be provided within or near the campus which is located in downtown Tirana.

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GAP Newsletter for April 2018: Call for Papers

GAP Newsletter for April 2018 has been published. The current newsletter concentrates on upcoming Conference in Dublin  10th and 11th January 2019 and changes in the GAP team.

News pieces:

GAP Conference , January 10 & 11th, 2019

Evaluating the Current Game Version

GAP Illustrator Jen Pattison Presented

Major General Michael Beary – key speaker for the GAP conference


You can access the newsletter here.

In annual memorial, UN pays tribute to 140 fallen staff members

“I wish we never had to mourn the loss of colleagues,” Secretary-General António Guterres said at the ceremony held at UN Headquarters in New York to remember 140 personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty between 1 July 2016 and 31 December 2017.

“But the sad fact is that people do lose their lives while serving the United Nations, and it is our duty to honour their service and sacrifice,” he said.

Of the 140 killed, 123 were military personnel; three police; and 14 civilians. They came from 42 nations.

During his remarks, he invited the bereaved families and others in attendance to join him in observing a moment of silence.

Mr. Guterres noted that over the past years, respect for those wearing UN symbols has diminished, making them a target of those who oppose peace “despite all our efforts to ensure the safety and security of our personnel.”


Continue reading at UN News

The VIKING 18 exercise brings 170 participants to Santahamina, Finland

Viking 18 is one of the world’s largest computer-assisted exercises that train civilians and military in a complex Peace Operation scenario. The exercise brings together both civilian and military actors to forestall, prevent and resolve crises. This is practised through a well-developed fictitious exercise scenario.


Read more at FINCENT’s homepage.

UN: Their 15-year mission a success, UN peacekeepers depart a stable and grateful Liberia

The conclusion of the 15-year operation follows a landmark election that resulted in the country’s first transfer of power from one elected president to another in 70 years.  The newly elected President, George Manneh Weah, spoke for many Liberians as he thanked the UN for helping to make that possible.

“In our darkest days, the UN stood with us,” he said in his inaugural address in January.

Mr. Weah, a former football star, won the presidency in a runoff election in December, succeeding Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who had served since 2006.

Speaking at an event last week in the capital, Monrovia, to mark the completion of the peacekeeping mission, known as UNMIL, he pledged that the good work of the UN will not be forgotten. “We will not fight again, we promise you,” he said.


Read further at UN News.

FBA: The OSCE draws attention to violence against women in Ukraine

Violence towards women is widespread in Ukraine. Every year, gender-based violence is estimated to cause three times as many deaths as the armed conflict going on in the eastern part of the country since 2014. It is crucial for the OSCE to have a gender perspective in its operations.

The international organization OSCE, comprising 57 participating states, is present with a special mission that monitors the situation and reports about the development; the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (OSCE SMM). In the endeavours to reach peace and security the OSCE strives to strengthen women’s participation and leadership.

Read more at Folke Bernadotte Academy’s page.


Happy International Women’s Day – FBA: More Female Leaders in the UN


Leadership in peace-building is one of the Folke Bernadotte Academy’s areas of expertise. The agency deploys Swedish personnel to serve as leaders in international peace operations, and arranges leadership courses and trainings.

– For example the FBA arranged leadership training in the autumn of 2017, for the chiefs of staff from all international UN peace operations while they were gathered in New York. During the large civil-military exercise Viking, to be arranged by the FBA and the Swedish Armed Forces in April 2018, leadership will also be in focus, says Kristina Zetterlund, project manager for the FBA’s activities in the area of leadership.

Read more about FBA’s mission.

CMI: A new programme on conflict resolution

“Work to prevent and resolve violent conflicts is needed now more than ever. Our new programme makes the best use of our regional expertise, professional methods and relationships developed over 17 years, drawing on the legacy of Martti Ahtisaari, to build peace worldwide. It has been said that crises are bigger than people, but together we can prove that to be false,” says programme director Ville Brummer.


Read more on the programme here.

Pre-announcement: Apply for the European Union Integrated Approach on Crisis Management Course

The European Union Integrated Approach on Crisis Management Course is conducted within the framework of the Centre of Expertise in Comprehensive Crisis Management (CMC Finland and FINCENT) and under the auspices of the ESDC.

The general objective of the course is to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the EU’s Integrated Approach on crisis management within the EU framework, as well as to increase information sharing, collaboration and cooperation among the different actors, namely military, civilian crisis management, humanitarian and development aid actors in the wider context of CFSP/CSDP.

The course is conducted within the framework of the Centre of Expertise in Comprehensive Crisis Management (CMC Finland and FINCENT) and under the auspices of the ESDC.

Application process will start later in 2018. More information will be available soon.

More info of the course.