EU-UN Partnership: Peace and Security Challenges for 2016

The partnership between the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) is the most institutionalized channel of cooperation existing between the UN and a regional organization. The establishment of the UN-EU Steering Committee on Crisis Management in 2003 and the UN Liaison Office for Peace and Security in Brussels in 2011 notably paved the…

A citizen’s look into MONUSCO with Arsene Tungali

The Institute for Peace in Partnership had the opportunity of interviewing Arsene Tungali, a Congolese citizen living in Goma (DRC). Arsene is a local entrepreneur running an NGO, Rudi International and a business, Smart Service Sarl. In his book, Goma sous les feux du groupe rebelle M-23, Arsene gives the point of view of a…

The Week in Review

This week’s top stories from the UN News Centre, featuring Libyan civilians in crisis, children suffering after Tropical Cyclone Winston and a new report which shows that boys are twice as likely to go to school as girls.

Reflecting on our Achievements

The first half of the semester is over and the deadline for our final presentation approaches. Our think tank, the Institute for Peace in Partnership, has been busy and passionate in planning, researching and studying, which is why we are eager to continue with the next steps of our research project. These will include finishing…

China’s contribution to UN Peacekeeping

As it is written in the provisions of Article 17 of the Charter of the United Nations, the financing of UN Peacekeeping operations is the responsibility of all UN member states. The five permanent members of the Security Council, however, are required to pay a larger share to peacekeeping operations because of their responsibility towards…

UN in Africa: Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s tour

UN Secretary General visited Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan from the 22nd to the 26th of February.   Burundi – UN efforts to resolve political crisis UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Bujumbura, Burundi on February 22nd, to begin his multiple visits in African countries. During his visit, Mr. Ban…

In which direction is the EU going? Foreign and Security Policy Trends

This past week, several events organized in Brussels offered a picture of the European Union’s direction for the year 2016. New threats, new challenges, and a new presidency of the Council could indeed foretell a new direction for the European Union (EU). The Institute for Peace in Partnership investigated on this possibility; here are its…

UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali and his contribution to Peacekeeping

His life before his appointment Boutros-Ghali was a member of a distinguished Coptic Christian family, his grandfather was Egypt’s first Coptic prime minister, and his father had served as finance minister. He was a sophisticated intellectual, who had moved from academia to politics. Boutros-Ghali himself served as President Anwar Sadat’s minister of state for foreign…

The Week in Review

This week’s top stories from the UN News Centre, featuring food deliveries in Yemen, Ukrainian children in crisis and the UN’s reaction to the passing of Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

Following up on our Clients Briefing

           Vesalius College International Affairs Capstone is a course that allows students in their final year of bachelor studies to combine and apply all their gained knowledge and skills to real life challenges in the field of International Affairs. The particularity of the Capstone course lies in its interaction with Brussels-based…

An Overview of UN-AU Cooperation

The United Nations and the African Union are increasingly intensifying their partnership for the maintenance of peace and security through the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA) by means of prevention, mediation and peacekeeping. The Department works in close collaboration with the Department of Peace and Security and the Department of Political Affairs of the…

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former UN head, dies at 93

  The former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali has died aged 93, confirmed Rafael Ramirez, the current president of the UN Security Council. Boutros-Ghali was the first African in this position, serving from 1992 to 1996. During his term many international crises emerged, such as the genocide in Rwanda, the Angolan civil war and the…