Brussels Events

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 07:00 PM

Discussion Group - Race for the Arctic - Will the recent developments in the Arctic lead to a new Russian military playground ?

Russia has warned that countries could be at war within a decade over resources in the Arctic region. Russia’s Strategy calls for increasing presence in the Arctic and boosting the region's development by 2020, including through the recent deployment of “White bear” missiles in the area, while the country’s recent claims over disputed regions of the continental shelf could nearly double the Russian Arctic Zone if accepted internationally.

Meanwhile, the US Department of Defense Arctic Policy states that US national security interests in the Arctic region include “missile defense and early warning; deployment of sea and air systems for strategic sealift, strategic deterrence, maritime presence, and maritime security operations.”

The possibility of armed conflict and chaos in the “Wild North” is viewed as a potential development in the long term by most observers, as tensions are evident among the “Arctic Eight”—Russia, the United States, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Canada, and Denmark (Greenland).

How do you think the dramatic changes coming to the Arctic will unfold in the coming years and what are the forces, factors, and events that could determine its future path? What are the economic, energetic and commercial interests at stake impacting the security and geopolitical landscape? What sort of actions and proportional policy response could NATO and its military allies implement in the region?

Join us on May 30th to engage in an informal discussion with your YPFP fellows and friends around a nice drink.

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) Brussels is a unique forum which helps to foster the next generation of foreign policy leaders worldwide. Over the last nine years, YPFP has built a successful organization in the heart of Brussels. Through regular debates, workshops and social events, YPFP works to provide young professionals with the knowledge, skills and networks to tackle the critical challenges they will face throughout their careers in Europe and across the world.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018 at 07:00 PM
Quaker House, Square Ambiorix 50 in Brussels, Belgium

The Role of Media as a Peacebuilding Tool in Syria

The conflict in Syria is in its 7th year. Accurate reporting on the conflict is challenged by the lack of access to reliable information. Journalists have lost their lives trying to report on the situation. The role the media plays as a tool for the freedom of expression is crucial to providing information in areas of restricted access and giving a voice to local suppressed actors. This event will explore how media can be a tool for peacebuilding in Syria by practicing conflict sensitivity, transforming violent conflict into dialogue, and promoting stories of peace to build a better future for Syria.

  • What is the current role of media in the conflict in Syria?
  • How can the media report on the numerous actors and their interests in Syria within a conflict transformation approach?
  • How can the media develop a concrete narrative for peace to tackle growing misconceptions and counter the proliferation of disinformation?
  • How can the international community, including the EU, help to ensure the media is conducive to peacebuilding in Syria?

Opening remarks: Olivia Caeymaex, Peace Programme Lead, Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA)

Moderator: Alicia Jensen, security and defence officer, YPFP Brussels


Mazen Darwish, President of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (CMFE)

Enrico de Angelis, Founder of SyriaUntold and media analyst for Free Press Unlimited (FPU)

Lara Scarpitta, Policy Officer – Mediation Advisor at Prevention of Conflicts, Rule of Law/SSR, Integrated approach, Stabilisation and Mediation (PRISM), EEAS