Joint Final Conference of WOSCAP & IECEU Projects


Final WOSCAP & IECEU Conference

November 8th, 2017, 09:00 – 18:30

Scotland House, Brussels, Belgium



IECEU (Improving the Effectiveness of Capabilities in EU Conflict Prevention) and WOSCAP (Whole of Society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding) are organising their final conference together on 8 November 2017 in Brussels, with the purpose of bringing together all relevant stakeholders and end-users in the field of the European Union’s conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts. The conference will aim to present both H2020-funded projects research results and recommendations as well as to contribute to further debate and improvement of the EU’s conflict prevention and peacebuilding interventions through sustainable, comprehensive and innovative means.

WOSCAP focused on three types of existing EU interventions, namely multi‐track diplomacy, security sector reform, and governance reform through a combination of desk and field research in Mali, Yemen, Georgia, Ukraine, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Guatemala and Honduras and produced a tailored set of recommendations to improve the EU’s civilian means for conflict prevention and peacebuilding. It has identifies current capabilities, gaps, best practices, lessons learned and research priorities.

IECEU analysed best practices and lessons learned of eight on-going and past European Union CSDP missions and operations in the Western Balkans (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo), Africa (Congo, Libya, South Sudan and Central African Republic), Palestinian Territories as well as Afghanistan with the aim of providing a catalogue of practices, new solutions and approaches for the EU to guarantee long-term stability through conflict prevention and peacebuilding with special focus on pooling and sharing as well as civil-military cooperation.

The conference will specifically focus on:

  • Main aspects of conflict prevention
  • Integrated approach
  • Effectiveness of EU missions and operations
  • Potential for pooling and sharing in CSDP
  • Civil-military cooperation in CSDP
  • Inclusivity, local ownership and civil society perspectives in peacebuilding.


Conference programme: download (pdf)

9.00 – 9.30 Welcoming coffee and registration of participants
9.30 – 10.15 Official opening and objectives of the final research.
This session will introduce the two H2020 projects on conflict prevention and peace building, objectives and methodology.

  • Stefano Tomat, Head of Division of PRISM — Prevention of conflicts, Rule of law/
    SSR, Integrated approach, Stabilisation and Mediation, EEAS(tbc)
  • Gabriella Vogelaar MA, Project Coordinator WOSCAP, GPPAC
  • Kirsi Hyttinen, Project Coordinator IECEU, Laurea University 

Chair: Prof.Dr. Linda Benrais, ESSEC IRENE

10.15 – 11.15 Panel 1 – How to enhance the effectiveness of EU CSDP missions and SSR?
This session will discuss lessons learnt and policy recommendations from the research findings
Introductory comments and Moderation by (IECEU representatives)

  •  Maria Mekri, SaferGlobe
  • Giorgio Porzio, CMPD, Head of Concepts and Capabilities, EEAS
  • Heinz Krieb, EUMS, Head of Concepts and Capabilties
  • Gabriella Vogelaar MA, GPPAC
  • Annemarie Peen Rodt, Ph.d. Associate Professor, Institute for Strategy, Royal Danish Defence College

Chair: Petteri Taitto, Laurea University

11.15 – 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 – 12.30 Panel 2 – How to strengthen EU capabilities on Multi-Track Diplomacy?
This session will discuss lessons learnt and policy recommendations from the research findings.
Introductory comments by:

  • Dr. Véronique Dudouet, Berghof Foundation
  • PRISM, EEAS representative (on mediation)
  • Ana Villelas, Escola de Cultura de Pau Barcelona
  • Helga Schmidt, Secretary General EEAS (tbc)

Chair: WOSCAP representative

12.30 – 13.30 Buffet lunch
13.30 – 14.15 Panel 3 – New approaches and solutions to enhance EU effectiveness in conflict prevention.
This session will discuss the civil-military synergies and potential for new approaches in CSDP.

  • Kenneth Deane, Director / Civilian Operations Commander, Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (tbc)
  • Mascia Toussaint, Director, Enquirya
  • Dr. Tedla Desta, Maynooth University
  • Tobias Flessenkemper, CSDP expert for CIVILEX Project, Programme Associate, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

Chair: Dr. Arnold Kammel, Director, Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES)

14.15 – 14.30 Coffee Break 
14.30 – 15.15 Panel 4 – Inclusivity and Local Ownership in EU’s Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding.
This session will discuss the inclusivity and local ownership in EU’s conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

  • Chris van Borgh, UU
  • Moussa Djire, USJPB (Mali)
  • Dr. Mary Martin, LSE
  • EU DEVCO or mission representative (tbc)

Chair: Prof. Dr. Ir. Georg Frerks, UU 

15.15 – 16.15 Panel 5: How to make the integrated systemic approach workable and operational?
This session aims at reflecting on the current development of the EU Integrated approach, to see how final inputs from WOSCAP and IECEU projects could feed its concrete implementation and workability (strategy, human resources, joint programming, training, evaluation, researches etc).
Moderated by WOSCAP representatives :
The session will be followed by the adoption of recommendations:

  • Ivana Bostjancic-Pulko, CEP
  • Thierry Tardy, ISS
  • Katy Thompson, Team Leader – Conflict Prevention, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP (tbc)
  • Lamberto Zannier, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Former Secretary General of the OSCE (tbc)
  • Gabriella Vogelaar MA, GPPAC

Chair: Prof.Dr. Linda Benrais 

16.15 – 16.30 Coffee Break
16.30 – 17.00 What’s next? Capitalising on our results
5 projects present their results and to show how their results can be exploitable and sustainable in the future:

  • IECEU,
  • EU-CIVCAP (Preventing and responding to conflict: developing EU CIVilian CAPabilities for a sustainable peace),
  • GAP (Gaming for Peace),
  • (Strengthening the Capabilities and Training Curricula for Conflict Prevention and Peace Building Personnel with ICT-based Collaboration and Knowledge Approaches)
17.00 – 17.30 Wrap up and closing of the conference
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ir. Georg Frerks, UU
17.30 – 18.30 Refreshments


You are kindly invited to register for the conference at the following link:


Kind regards from the organising committee:

Laurea University of Applied Sciences (Laurea UAS), Finland

Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), Netherlands

Institute for Research and Education on Negotiation, ESSEC Business School (IRENE), France

Centre for European Perspective (CEP), Slovenia

Conference programme

Conference package (coming soon)

IECEU Publication (online version, coming soon)


All participants will receive a conference package upon arrival at the conference