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Brussels Events

Thursday, November 02, 2017 at 07:00 PM
The Old Oak - Irish Pub in Brussels, Belgium

SecDef Discussion Group - Iran - To be or not to be a nuclear threat?

The Iranian deal was signed in 2015, marking a turning point in Iran’s diplomatic relations with the international community. It notably agreed to the partial end of foreign sanctions against Tehran in return for a reduction of the country’s nuclear enrichment capacities. However, this relative appeasement, strongly fostered by the EU two years ago, seems to be more and more put to question, including by US President Donald Trump, who recently threatened to walk away from the agreement.

As our second instalment on the theme of Nuclear Threat, this Discussion Group will address the following questions:

Should we fear an escalation between Iran and the US? What is the best approach to pressuring Iran: diplomacy, economy or military? How does the nuclear issue influence our understanding of Iranian geopolitics?

Join us on 2 November to engage, discuss and exchange views with other YPFP members on the future of the Iranian deal and the potentials of a nuclear Iran.


Tuesday, November 07, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Quaker House in Brussels, Belgium

Terrorism and Radicalisation Series: ISIS in the Philippines - Opportunistic Jihadism?

No one saw the fighting in Marawi coming. The Philippine government did not anticipate that a few local terrorist groups would do the unthinkable, band together under the ISIS flag and mount a highly-complex military operation in attempting to capture Marawi City in the Philippines. The clash not only reveals the extent and reach of ISIS ideology but also the difficulties to achieve peace in one of the most complex multifaceted conflicts namely the Mindanao Conflict that has existed for centuries.

YPFP invites you to join an exciting and a truly rare event to provide you with in-depth insight on the latest security developments in the Philippines and the impact that ISIS has on the wider-region. Seize the opportunity to further understand the current state of the Philippines in combatting the influence of extremist groups.

This event will explore the following questions:

  • What is the impact of ISIS to the region and what are their potential spillover effects?
  • What is the impact of the Marawi crisis on the Mindanao Peace Process?
  • What is the role of the EU in Mindanao and how can it promote sustainable peace?

Additionally, it will offer you a unique opportunity to engage with key senior experts and actively discuss your ideas on how to develop an effective proportionate response in an increasingly uncertain and multifaceted operational environment.

The following speakers:

  • Mr Alistair MacDonald, Former EU Ambassador to the Philippines
  • Dr Jeroen Adam, Ghent University, Programme Coordinator, Conflict Research Group
  • Dr Stefano Felician Beccari, Policy Advisor, European Parliament
  • DG ECHO Representative (TBC)

Join us on 7th November for a truly exciting and unique event.


Friday, November 24, 2017 at 07:30 PM

YPFP Gala 2017

YPFP Brussels is celebrating 9 years of fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders in Brussels this November! Come raise a toast with us in your finest attire at the NH Hotel on Friday, 24 November.

We are delighted to announce our Sponsors for this year's Gala: Chevron and Metro AG. Joining the celebration will be former US Ambassador to the EU, Anthony Gardner.

In addition, we will also be announcing the winner of our new award, the Rising Star in Foreign Policy 2017.

Do not miss this year's exclusive dinner event with dinner, drinks and dancing.

Please note a password code has been sent to YPFP members to receive the members price. No reimbursements or refunds can be made after the ticket has been purchased, so make sure you have entered the code if you are a YPFP member. All tickets are sold with a small processing fee.

Early bird sales: 12 October to 5 November 2017
YPFP Members: 55 EUR
Non Members: 65 EUR
Regular sales: 6 to 23 November 2017
YPFP Members: 60 EUR
Non Members: 70 EUR

Sign up at www.ypfp.org/apply (Brussels branch) to become a member.

Register: http://bpt.me/3114098

Dress code: black tie preferred