A conversation with Claude-France Arnould, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency

December 08, 2014

We were delighted to welcomed Claude-France Arnould, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency. Mrs Arnould was previously Director for Defence Aspects at the Council of the EU and Director of International and Strategic Affairs at the French General Secretariat for Defence.

Mrs Arnould was the second speaker in WIIS Brussels' new series A Conversation With, in which speakers discussed their experience and career path as a woman in the security and defence field as well as what public policies are needed to improve gender equality in the sector, be they national, European, or international.

Transatlantic Views on Emerging Powers

December 02, 2014

For the last century, the transatlantic relationship has been the most important partnership for both Europe and the United States. It has served as the foundation for global security, economic prosperity, good governance, and a shared commitment to democracy. These days international challenges abound - from Russia, Iran to instability due to Islamic terror groups. With the emergence of new rising powers, however, the scope of the transatlantic landscape is shifting. This new world order is requiring the transatlantic partners to re-evaluate the traditional alliance in order to better address current global realities.

In this context, WIIS - Women in International Security Brussels and the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) brought together a panel of experts aiming to explore these topics during the discussion.

What are the most pressing policy concerns for the transatlantic partners? How can differences be addressed without leading to a disruption of the partnership? How should they engage with rising powers? Or are Europe and North America prepared to expand the notion of “transatlanticism” to include South America, and Africa?

WELCOME REMARKS

- Corinna Hörst, Deputy Director, Brussels Office, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

SPEAKERS

- Esther Brimmer, Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University's Elliot school of International Affairs and former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (2009- 2013)

- Alfredo Conte, Head of the Strategic Planning Division, European External Action Service (EEAS)

MODERATOR

- Marta Martinelli, Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society Foundation and member of the WIIS Brussels Steering Board

A Conversation With Ilana Bet-El

November 03, 2014

We were delighted to welcome Ilana Bet-El, writer, historian, political analyst, and long-time WIIS supporter. Ilana was the first speaker in WIIS Brussels' new series A Conversation With,
 

Happy Hour: How women network?

September 21, 2014

WIIS Brussels was happy to partner with two other successful women's networks, the European Women’s Lobby and Leadarise, for this Happy Hour at Cabinet DN.


There were brief presentations by representatives from WIIS, European Women’s Lobby and Leadarise on their experience with establishing successful and effective networks, insights into how women network, and they shared advice on starting a professional career. We also welcomed a study tour of women from WIIS Germany who looked forward to making new connections!
 

Conversation with Mari Skaare, former NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security

September 08, 2014

Mari Skaare, then the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security launched WIIS’s series of Conversations with prominent women in international relations, security and defence in Brussels.

 

Skaare outlined the challenges still facing the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and talked about her life and career. She highlighted how government policies had helped her get to where she is, among other through access to free education and childcare.

Happy Hour with EU Human Rights and Gender Advisors

June 30, 2014

Drinks with EU Human Rights and Gender Advisors, Charlotte Sjöström Becker & Anne Maki-Rahkola (EUPOL Afghanistan), Maria Nystedt (EUBAM Libya) and Alexia Ghyoot & Anna Lazzari (EUPOL RD Congo). Participants heard about their experiences in the field, met other WIIS members and made new connections!

Recruiting women to security

June 17, 2014

WIIS Brussels and Saab AB were delighted to invite you to a debate on Recruiting Women to Security on 18 June 2014 at 17:30 at Nordic House (8th Floor), Rue du Luxembourg 3, 1000 Brussels.

The discussion looked at how to reach more comprehensive global security through more equality, how to encourage women to take the step towards the security field and how to make the security and defence field more interesting for women, be they engineers, military or policy experts.

We welcomex Veronika Wand-Danielsson, Swedish Ambassador to NATO, Tanya Armour, Assistant Director for Defence Industry at the European Defence Agency, Gunilla Fransson, Senior Vice President, Head of Security and Defence Solutions at Saab, and Charlotte Isaksson, Gender Advisor to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) and Allied Command Operations (ACO), NATO.
 

SDA annual conference: Overhauling transatlantic security thinking

June 03, 2014

Women in International Security (WIIS) and the Security & Defence Agenda (SDA) invited you to the SDA's conference “Overhauling transatlantic security thinking”, on 4 June at the Palais d’Egmont in Brussels. The conference was organised by the Security & Defence Agenda in partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Atlantic Council, with the support of the NATO Public Diplomacy Division, WIIS Brussels, Debating Europe and Europe's World.

The SDA's annual conference is an important platform for debating developments in transatlantic security and defence. It brings together several hundred senior representatives of the European institutions, NATO, national governments, NGOs, the private sector, academia and the media.

The debates was chaired by SDA Co-President and former NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and Frederick Kempe, President of the Washington-based Atlantic Council.

SESSIONS:
14:30 - 16:00 - Afghanistan and Iraq: Signposts to the future?
16:30 - 17:30 - Dealing with Russia: Can NATO and the EU speak as one?
17:30 - 18:30 - The changing nature of global security
 

Happy hour with Robert Egnell, author of "Gender, military effectiveness and organizational change"

May 27, 2014

WIIS Brussels and Saab AB were delighted to invite you to a debate on Recruiting Women to Security on 18 June 2014 at 17:30 at Nordic House (8th Floor), Rue du Luxembourg 3, 1000 Brussels.

The discussion looked at how to reach more comprehensive global security through more equality, how to encourage women to take the step towards the security field and how to make the security and defence field more interesting for women, be they engineers, military or policy experts.

We welcomex Veronika Wand-Danielsson, Swedish Ambassador to NATO, Tanya Armour, Assistant Director for Defence Industry at the European Defence Agency, Gunilla Fransson, Senior Vice President, Head of Security and Defence Solutions at Saab, and Charlotte Isaksson, Gender Advisor to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) and Allied Command Operations (ACO), NATO.
 

Women Human Rights Defenders - In the frontline of Human Rights activism

May 14, 2014

All over the world, Women Human Rights Defenders are victims of additional risks and discriminations - often justified on the basis of social norms, custom, religion or tradition – both at the hands of State and non-state actors. Despite the important developments of the last years at the UN and the EU, it is fundamental to continue the path of increased awareness and protection.

Join a wide range of policy actors to provide ideas and recommendations on specific remedies states must take to enable the work of Women Human Rights Defenders and those defending women’s human rights.

PROGRAMME:
9.30: Welcoming remarks by Cristina Gallach, Head of Public Relations at the Council of the EU
9.35: Presentation of Women Human Rights Defenders and their work by Freedom House
9.40: Debate

SPEAKERS:
• Maha Assabalani, Women Human Rights Defender from Syria
• Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative for Human Rights
• Jean-Louis Ville, Head of Unit, European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights
• Dagmar Schumacher, Brussels Director, UN Women
• Eva Zillén, Senior Adviser, Kvinna till Kvinna

MODERATOR: Claudia de Castro Caldeirinha, Director of Freedom House Brussels

CONCLUSIONS: Eleonora Tafuro, WIIS Brussels Steering Committee member and Junior Researcher at FRIDE

Other important actors will be invited to comment: Women Human Rights Defenders from several countries, including Guissou Jahangiri from Afghanistan, Noorzia Afridi from Pakistan, Almut Rochowanski from Kyrgyzstan, the Working Group of the Council of the EU on Human Rights (COHOM), the EEAS Human Rights Unit, Simone Susskind (candidate to the European Parliament), and several other international NGO’s working on the subject.

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