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Undergraduate Certificate in European Peace & Security Studies (EPSS)

Vesalius College Brussels

A Brussels Perspective 2


European Peace and Security: A Unique Brussels Perspective The European Peace and Security Studies (EPSS) programme provides in-depth and unique insights into the changing nature and fundamental challenges of contemporary security issues from a distinct Brussels perspective. By pooling the combined expertise and resources of five leading (educational) institutions in Brussels - Vesalius College, the Conflict Studies Department of the Belgian Royal Military Academy, the Institute of European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the University of Kent’s Brussels campus and the Global Governance Institute - students are taught by prominent specialists in the field of civilian and military security issues in both theory and practice.

Steven Vanackere, Former Foreign Minister & Deputy Prime Minister, Belgium


Conflict and Crisis Management from a NATO, UN and EU Perspective The courses emphasise theoretical and practical analysis of the comprehensive, civil-military nature of contemporary conflict and crisis management from a NATO and EU perspective – complemented by assessments of the only global collective security organization, the United Nations. Additionally, they focus on the history, institutional procedures, policies and interrelations of these two key organisations as well as on their interaction with a wide range of civilian and military partners. The programme also sheds light on the complex roots and causes of contemporary conflicts in Europe’s periphery and beyond. Hence, at the end of the semester, students will have acquired extensive knowledge of the institutional, theoretical and practical dimensions of contemporary issues and of the core actors in the field of European Peace and Security. 5

The Programme The EPSS Programme consists of five closely interrelated courses, worth 6 ECTS credits (3 US credits) each. All courses are taught in English during the fall semester. Upon successful completion of the programme, students will receive a Certificate in European Peace & Security Studies. Courses • European Peace and Security Studies - A Brussels Perspective • The European Union’s Common Security and Foreign Policy • Military Approaches to Promoting Security • NATO and Transatlantic Approaches to Security • Understanding Contemporary Conflicts: Europe and Beyond In addition, students are required to attend the EPSS Guest Lecture Series, which is described on the next page. For more information on course content, please refer to Completing the EPSS programme in Brussels offers unparalleled opportunities for enrichment outside the classroom. It was an experience I couldn’t expect to find at any other college or university and it will continue to impact my comprehension of international relations in the future. Jacob Passy - Tufts University, USA


Input from Senior Policy-makers: The EPSS Guest Lecture Series In addition to the five core courses offered, the EPSS programme includes a high-profile guest lecture series and symposium provided by academic experts and leading practitioners from the European Union, NATO, the United Nations and related security organisations. Students benefit from direct insights by prominent international scholars and policy-makers and are encouraged to establish and maintain contacts with these key practitioners from Brussels-based institutions and from the wider international academic community.

Johan Galtung, Founder of the Discipline of Peace Studies

A summary of previous EPSS guest speakers: • Steven Vanackere, former Foreign Minister & Deputy Prime Minister, Belgium • Antonio Costa, former UN Under-Secretary-General and Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), former Under-Secretary General, OECD. • Agostino Miozzo, Managing Director, Crisis Response Department, European External Action Service and former General Director, Italian Civil Protection Department • Myria Vassiliadou, EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, European Commission • Christof Tatschl, Deputy Head of Cyberdefence, Austrian Armed Forces • Mika-Markus Leinonen, Permanent Chair of the EU’s Committee for Civilian Aspects of Crisis Management (CIVCOM), European External Action Service • Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary-General for Emerging Security Threats, NATO • James Appathurai, NATO Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia • Silke Rusch, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Officer, United Nations Support Mission in Libya • Antonio Missiroli, Director, EU Institute for Security Studies, Paris • Edward McMillan-Scott, Vice-President of the European Parliament, responsible for Democracy and Human Rights • Joëlle Hivonnet, European Union Delegation to the United Nations in Geneva • Johan Galtung, Founder of the Discipline of Peace Studies • Richard Caplan, Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford


EPSS Academic Advisory Council The EPSS Programme is supported by a network of senior policy-makers from the EU, NATO and UN as well as by leading academics from first-class universities, such as Oxford, Cambridge, Yale and the London School of Economics. Members of the Academic Advisory Council (AAC) provide overall guidance and input into the scope and content of the EPSS Programme. Most AAC members also share their insights with EPSS students in their capacity as guest lecturers. For a detailed list of AAC members, visit

International Senior Scholars and Academic Experts Prof Dr Rafael Biermann Professor of International Relations and International Organisations, University of Jena, Germany and Former Deputy Dean, German Marshall Centre

Prof Dr Sven Biscop Director, Security & Global Governance Programme, Egmont—Royal Institute for International Relations, Brussels

Prof Dr Thomas Diez Professor of International Relations, University of Tübingen, Germany

Richard Gowan Associate Director for Policy, Center on International Cooperation, New York University, US & Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations

Professor Christopher Hill, M.A. DPhil (Oxon) Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations, University of Cambridge, UK

Professor Jolyon Howorth Department of Political Science, Yale University, US and Jean Monnet Professor of European Politics, University of Bath, UK

Professor Knud Erik Jørgensen Professor of International Relations, University of Århus, Denmark

Professor Kalypso Nicolaïdis Director of the European Studies Centre and University Lecturer in International Relations, University of Oxford, UK

Dr Alexandra Novosseloff Research Associate at the Centre Thucydide, University of Paris-Panthéon-Assas (Expert on UN’s relations with regional organisations), France

Professor Hanna Ojanen Jean Monnet Professor, University of Tampere, Finland

Major Koen Troch Chair of World Politics, Conflict Studies Department, Belgian Royal Military Academy, Belgium


Professor Karen E. Smith Director of the European Foreign Policy Unit, London School of Economics, UK

Professor Michael H. Smith Professor Emeritus of European Politics, Loughborough University, UK

Dr Thierry Tardy Senior Fellow, European Union Institute for Security Studies, Paris

Professor Mario Telo Professor of Political Science, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium

Professor Ole Wæver Professor of International Relations and Director of the Centre for Advanced Security Theory (CAST), University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Professor Richard Whitman Professor of Politics, University of Kent, Chair of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)

Professor Jan Zielonka Professor of European Politics, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

Dr Benedikt Franke Former Special Advisor to Kofi Annan, The Kofi Annan Foundation, Geneva

Nick Grono Former Deputy President, International Crisis Group, Brussels

Geoffrey Harris Head of Human Rights Unit, European Parliament, Brussels

Dick Heimans Head of Sector, Unit F1: Fight Against Terrorism, Directorate General Justice, Freedom and Security, European Commission, Brussels

Brig-Gen. Gabor Horvath Former Director for Concepts and Capabilities, European Union Military Staff, Brussels

Mika-Markus Leinonen Permanent Chair of the EU’s Committee for Civilian Aspects of Crisis Management (CIVCOM), European External Action Service, Brussels

Dr Agostino Miozzo Managing Director, Crisis Response & Operational Coordination, European External Action Service

Carlos Jiménez Renjifo Senior European Policy-Makers James Appathurai NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia and former NATO Spokesperson

Dr Jamie Shea Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Emerging Security Challenges, NATO

Admiral Rainer Brinkmann Former Commander of the Maritime Joint Task Force 150 at the Gulf of Aden and Former Director of NATO’s Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters (COE CSW)

Dr Steven Everts Former Personal Advisor to the EU High Representative (Javier Solana), former EU Personal Representative for Energy and Foreign Policy and current Member of the Cabinet of Catherine Ashton (Vice President of the EU Commission & High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy)

Desk Officer for Spain and Andorra, United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC), Brussels

Dr Andrea Ricci Deputy Head, Situation Room, European External Action Service, Brussels

Dr David Spence ormer Minister Counsellor for Human Security and Disarmament, EU Delegation to Geneva

Colonel Christof Tatschl Deputy Head of Cyberdefence, Austrian Armed Forces and Former Chief of Staff, Standby High Readiness Brigade for United Nations Operations (SHIRBRIG)

Janos Tisovsky Former irector, United Nations Information Service (UNIS), Vienna


Admission Students must be in good academic standing. In addition, they need to meet the following academic criteria: • Successful completion of an introductory Politics course • Proof of English proficiency (the college accepts TOEFL or IELST test scores) Outstanding students pursuing a Bachelor degree can contact the Admissions Office for a registration pack and further information. Advanced students and practitioners are also invited to apply.

Tuition The tuition for the EPSS programme, consisting of 5 courses and the EPSS Guest Lecture Series is e 5900.


Participating Institutions Vesalius College Vesalius College is one of the few higher education institutions in Brussels that offers European-focused Bachelor’s degrees solely taught in the English language. Founded in 1987 by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Boston University, Vesalius College offers American-style education characterised by small classes, high teacher-student ratios and participatory classroom experiences. Vesalius College takes full advantage of its location in the Capital of Europe by bringing Brussels into the classroom. With a diverse student body drawn from all corners of the globe, the College provides an enriching academic and cultural experience. Vesalius College is registered with the Ministry of Education of the Flemish Community (Belgium) as an Institute of Higher Education and is accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO). Institute for European Studies The Institute for European Studies is a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). It offers advanced Master programmes in International and European Law as well as in European Integration and Development. With over 40 experts, the IES focuses on interdisciplinary research in European Studies, more specifically on the role of the EU as an international actor. Within this scope, it provides academic services to scholars, policy makers and the general public.

is a specialised postgraduate school offering advanced international studies. Royal Military Academy The Belgian Royal Military Academy (RMA) is a military institution for university education, tasked with the academic, military and sports education of its students. It trains officers able to lead in varied, complex and exceptional circumstances, in service of the national and international community. To this end, the education is permanently tuned to the needs of Defence, integrating the values of society into the education. The Global Governance Institute The Global Governance Institute (GGI) is an independent, non-profit think-tank, based in Brussels. It combines the expertise of senior policy-makers and scholars from the world’s leading universities to provide cutting-edge research and actionable, innovative advice in the fields of peace and security, economic policy, environment & sustainable development as well as international law and human rights.

University of Kent at Brussels Kent is the only UK university with a campus in Brussels, ‘the capital of Europe’. The University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) 11

Contact: For further information about the programme, contact: Prof Dr Joachim Koops, Academic Director, European Peace and Security Studies (EPSS) Vesalius College vzw / asbl Pleinlaan 5, 1050 Brussels [E] [T] +32 (0)2 614 8170 [W]

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European Peace & Security Studies, Vesalius College - 2014 Brochure  

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