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University Peace Days II: Innovation in War – New Threats and Opportunities

17-09-2015 at 20:00 - 22:00

he University Peace Days is an initiative generously funded by the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen since more than 30 years as an initiative to make knowledge and research in the area of peace and conflict accessible to a wider audience.
Furthermore, this initiative is supported by Globalisation Studies Groningen.

The main goal of the University Peace Days is to discuss contemporary topics and pressing issues in the field of Peace and War with the a wider public, the citizens of Groningen and beyond. The topic of this year is the ‘Innovative Ideas about Peace and War’. To make these evenings even more interesting the topic will be defied into the topic Peace on the first Thursday and the topic War on the second. On those evenings selected speakers will be present on the state of the art of conflict and peace studies and their practical implications. These TED-like talks are followed by a plenary session in which the audience gets the opportunity to pose their own critical questions for the speakers.

Jan Rood

Prof. dr. Jan Rood will moderate the second evening about war. Prof. Rood is an expert on global and strategic issues, external policies of the EU and Dutch foreign policy. He is chief-editor of the Clingendael-monthly the International Spectator (Internationale Spectator), chairman of the Netherlands Society for International Affairs (NGIZ) and chairman of the board of the Turkey Institute. Below we will introduce all the other speakers of the night.

Sabine Mengelberg – ‘Hybrid Warfare Needs Hybrid Security Organizations’

Drs. S.N. Mengelberg works as university lecturer in International Security Studies for the Dutch Defense Academy in Breda. Before, she has studied Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. Her lecturing and research specifies in European Security Organisations and its member states. She is going to do her P.H.D. on the institutional changes of the European Security Organizations after the end of the Cold War. Furthermore, she is a member of the Academic Board of the European Security and Defence College of the European Union.

Stephan De Spiegeleire – topic to be announced

Stephan studied Slavic Philology (KU Leuven) and International Affairs (Master’s degrees from the Graduate Institute for International Studies, Geneva; and the School for International and Public Affairs of Columbia University, New York). He passed both qualifying exams (International Relations and Comparative Politics) for the Ph.D. program in Political Science at the University of California at Los Angeles with distinction in 1991. Since then he has been indistinctively ABD but he still plans to finish his Ph.D. within the next decade (or so). Stephan’s academic career got sidetracked by a professional career which he started at the RAND Corporation in 1989 as a Sovietologist. After successfully terminating this research topic he stayed on at RAND as a defence and security analyst for 10 years, first in Santa Monica and then in Leiden, where he last served as Programme Director for Defence and Security (2000-2005). His work at RAND was interrupted by stints at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (Ebenhausen, Germany – 93-96); and the Western European Union’s Institute for Security Studies (Paris, France – 96-99). Currently, Stephan is Senior Defence Scientist at the The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (2005-now). He also teaches at Webster University in Leiden and at military academies throughout Europe. From a start as a Soviet specialist, Stephan has branched out into a number of different directions all related to strategic orientation and navigation in international relations (writ large). He has published widely, currently most actively in the application of new ideas such as (meta-)foresight, portfolio analysis, capabilities-based planning, and strategic design for national and European security policy planning in the broadest sense, but with a special focus on defense and security planning.

Liesbeth Schoonheim – ‘Politics and Violence in a Network Age’

Liesbeth Schoonheim is a PhD-student in political theory at the Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven. Her research focuses on the relation between depoliticization and individualism in authors such as Hannah Arendt and Claude Lefort, with a special attention for political violence. Her research is funded by Research Foundation (FWO) – Flanders.


20:00 - 22:00


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