Joint Final Conference of WOSCAP & IECEU Projects

Joint Final Conference of WOSCAP & IECEU Research Projects

Effectiveness and Inclusivity of EU Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention

November 8th, 2017, 09:00 – 18:30

Venue: Scotland House, Rond-Point Schuman 6, 1040 Brussels, Belgium


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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 with the purpose of bringing together all relevant stakeholders and end-users in the field of European Union’s conflict prevention and peacebuilding. The conference will aim to present both H2020 projects research results and recommendations as well as to contribute to further debate and improvement in EU’s conflict prevention and peacebuilding interventions through sustainable, comprehensive and innovative means.

WOSCAP project 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.

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)

Speakers’ biographies (pdf)

9.00 – 9.30 Welcoming coffee and registration of participants
9.30 – 10.00 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
  • Gabriella Vogelaar MA, Project Coordinator WOSCAP, GPPAC
  • Kirsi Hyttinen, Project Coordinator IECEU, Laurea University 

Chair: Prof.Dr. Linda Benrais, ESSEC IRENE

10.00 – 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, Director, SaferGlobe
  • Giorgio Porzio, EEAS CMPD, Head of Division, Concepts and Capabilities 
  • Martin Segovia, EEAS, EUMS, Branch Chief , Exercises Training and Analysis
  • Annemarie Peen-Rodt, Ph.d. Associate Professor, Institute for Strategy, Royal Danish Defence College

Chair: Petteri Taitto, Principal Scientist, 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:

  • Olai Voinmaa, Mediation Support Team, PRISM, EEASDr.
  • Nina Tsikhistavi-Khutsishvili, Director, International Center on Conflict and Negotiation (ICCN), Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Monique van Es, Programmes Director, European Institute of Peace,
  • European Union Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia (tbc – appointment pending)
  • Ana Villellas, Research Fellow, Escola de Cultura de Pau, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Chair: Dr. Véronique Dudouet, Berghof Foundation

12.30 – 13.30 Buffet lunch
13.30 – 14.15 Panel 3 – New approaches and solutions to enhance EU effectiveness in conflict prevention.

  • Kenneth Deane, Director of CPCC, EEAS
  • Mascia Toussaint, Director, Enquirya
  • Jan Reinder Rosing, PRISM EEAS
  • 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 – 15.30 Panel 4 – Inclusivity and Local Ownership in EU’s Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding.

  • Chris van Borgh, UU
  • Moussa Djire, USJPB (Mali)
  • Dr. Mary Martin, LSE
  • Dr Rok Zupančič, University of Graz & University of Ljubljana
  • DG DEVCO Representative, tbc

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

15.30 – 16.30 Panel 5 Conclusions: 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
  • Sonya Reines – Djivanides, EPLO
  • Prof. dir. Linda Benrais, ESSEC IRENE

Chair : René Van NES, PRISM, EEAS

16.30 – 16.45 Coffee Break
16.45 – 17.15 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 – Improving the Effectiveness of Capabilities in EU Conflict Prevention: Kirsi Hyttinen, Project Coordinator IECEU, Laurea University
  • WOSCAP – Whole of Society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding: Gabriella Vogelaar MA, Project Manager WOSCAP, GPPAC
  • EU-CIVCAP – Preventing and responding to conflict: developing EU CIVilian CAPabilities for a sustainable peace: Ana Juncos, University of Bristol
  • GAP – Gaming for Peace (tbc),
  • – Strengthening the Capabilities and Training Curricula for Conflict Prevention and Peace Building Personnel with ICT-based Collaboration and Knowledge Approaches: Carmen Munteanu, Synyo

Chair: Mr. Andrea di Anselmo of META

17.15 – 17.30 Wrap up and closing of the conference
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ir. Georg Frerks, UU
17.30 – 18.30 Reception


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

Speakers’ biographies (pdf)

Conference package:

Hyttinen K., Hario P., Österlund P. (Eds.)., (2017). Improving the Effectiveness of Capabilities (IEC) in EU conflict prevention. , Laurea Julkaisut 86., Laurea-ammattikorkeakoulu.

IECEU Recommendations to improve the effectiveness of EU CSDP crisis management operations and EU’s conflict prevention capabilities (pdf)

IECEU’s Five Findings from the Comparative Analysis of EU’s Crisis Management. Publisher: SaferGlobe. ISBN: 978-952-6679-13-6 (print) e 2017 978-952-6679-12-9 (pdf)

POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS from a Whole of Society perspective for the EU’s conflict prevention and peacebuilding capabilities (pdf)

IECEU Publication (online version, coming soon)


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