Politics and International Relations

Diplomacy@Kent events




Forthcoming events

John Burton Lecture 2016, Dr Juliette Bird (Head of NATO Counter Terrorism Unit) - 3 March 2016

The Diplomacy@Kent Beacon project, the School of Politics and International Relations and the Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC) would like to invite you to the following talk with Dr Juliette Bird (Head of NATO Counter Terorrism Unit) on Thursday 3rd March 2016 at 6.15-7.15pm in Grimond Lecture Theatre 1. All are welcome to attend, no booking necessary but do come early as seating is limited.

 'The Counter Terrorism Challenge: All Hands to the Pump'

Dr. Juliette Bird has been the head of NATO’s Counter Terrorism section, within the Emerging Security Challenges Division, since September 2011. In the course of a 20 year career in the UK foreign service Dr. Bird specialized in global threats including proliferation, financial crime and, most extensively, terrorism. She served in the UK’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre and was then seconded to NATO to set up an equivalent body for the Alliance.

Thursday 3rd March 2016 at 6.15-7.15pm in Grimond Lecture Theatre 1

All welcome to attend. Please come early as seating is limited.

Following the above talk there will be a drinks reception in Grimond foyer.


Past events

Sri Lanka in the wake of the UNHRC report and resolution, lecture and roundtable discussion - 28 October 2015

The School of Politics and International Relations would like to invite you to the following talk with Mr Erik Solheim (Chair of the OECD's Development Assistance Committee) on Wednesday 28th October 2015 at 9.30-11am in Darwin Lecture Theatre 3. All are welcome to attend, no booking necessary but do come early as seating is limited.

'Sri-Lanka: The Roadmap to Reconciliation'

Erik Solheim was the former Norwegian Special Envoy to Sri Lanka and one of the key diplomats leading the Norwegian Peace Process (2001-2006). He has also held the combined portfolio of Norway's Minister of the Environment and International Development (2007-2012). As Minister he contributed to peace processes in Sudan, Nepal, Myanmar and Burundi. He is presently Chair of the OECD's Development Assistance Committee.

Wednesday 28 October 2015 at 9.30-11am, Darwin Lecture Theatre 3

All welcome to attend. Please come early as seating is limited. More information is available at http://www.kent.ac.uk/politics/news-events/calendar.html?eid=15939

Following the above talk there will also be a closed door roundtable discussion at 12-3pm in CNWsr8 on Wednesday 28 October on the implications of the UNHRC report (open to invitees only - if you would like to attend the roundtable please contact Dr Madurika Rasaratnam). Lunch will be provided

The discussion will examine the impacts and implications of the UN report for the future of Sri Lanka, as well as comparative lessons that might be learned from other conflicts and relatively successful processes of resolution. There will be a range of informed voices from academic and policy backgrounds including the FCO, MOD, British Army, International Crisis Group, Amnesty International and the Tamil Diaspora. It connects to CARC’s broader interest relating to processes of political reform in violently divided societies.

Roundtable programme

Juris Poikans, Ambassador for Eastern Partnership - 'Challenges & perspective for the EU', 14 October 2015

As part of the School of Politics and International Relations Beacon Project, Diplomacy @ Kent is pleased to welcome Ambassador Poikans, Ambassador for Eastern Partnership, MFA Latvia.

Juris Poikans began his diplomatic career with the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1996 and has since held several important postings at the Ministry and at Latvia’s Embassies across Europe and in the USA. He is presently serving as Latvia's Ambassador-at-Large for the Eastern Partnership as well as the Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova. In his role as Ambassador to the Eastern Partnership he was responsible for co-ordinating Eastern Partnership related policies during Latvia’s recently completed EU Presidency (January   June 2015). His previous postings include Deputy Chief of Mission at Latvia's Embassy to the USA and as Latvia's Ambassador to Slovenia, BosniaHerzegovina and Kosovo.

Juris Poikans will be presenting 'The EU's Eastern neighbourhood: challenges and perspectives for the European Union'. The talk will take place on Wednesday 14 October 2015 at 17.00 in Grimond Lecture Theatre 2, followed by a drinks reception in Aphra Foyer.

All are welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing you there.

Read more at: https://www.kent.ac.uk/politics/news-events/calendar.html?eid=14998&view_by=day&date=20151014&category=&tag=

Co-sponsored event on peace processes and durable solutions to forced displacement - 17-19 April 2015

The conference brought together academics and practitioners to discuss comparative cases of forced displacement and strategies to support victim groups in protracted conflicts. It was hosted at the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) and included both an academic as well as an applied policy component focusing on theoretical and methodological innovations in the comparative study of displacement based on new qualitative and survey work. The event which coincided with major refugee boat tragedies in the Mediterranean aimed at raising awareness as to the challenges facing refugees across the world and the Middle East in particular. The conferences highlighted durable solutions to displacement challenging the conventional wisdom as to the irreversibility of displacement in protracted conflicts. The keynote speaker, Dr Meera Seethi Chief of Mission of the International Organisation for Migration in Turkey shared her experience with the unprecedented developments taking place in Turkey and its the broader region. Dr Seethi has previously served as the Senior Regional Advisor for Sub-Saharan Africa with the External Relations Department at the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Geneva. The event also include presentations from participants representing key international organisations in the area including the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Displacement Monitoring Centre and the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada as well as academics from around the world including the Balkans and the Middle East. 

The conference on Peace Processes and Durable Solutions to Displacement was funded by two external grants awarded to the organisers by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council Canada  (Dr. Stefanovic, Saint Mary's University and Dr Loizides, connection grant) and the British Academy (Dr Loizides Mid-Career Fellowship Scheme) and as well as internal grants awarded by the University of Kent (Faculty of Social Sciences Internationalisation Fund). For more information contact Neophytos Loizides n.loizides@kent.ac.uk

Conference programme

Turkey and Cyprus Regional Peace & Stability Conference - 28 February 2015

Dr Neophytos Loizides and Professor Feargal Cochrane of the School of Politics and International Relations have assisted in the organisation of have taken part in the 'Turkey and Cyprus Regional Peace & Stability Conference' which was held at USAK House in Ankara, Turkey on 28 February 2015. The conference mapped the current situation in Cyprus, addressed the threats from the on-going conflict escalation in the region and identified alternative routes towards a solution. The keynote speakers of the event were two eminent statesmen, Former Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreou and Former Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hikmet Çetin. The event was organised by the Cyprus Academic Dialogue and was co-sponsored by several organisations including the International Strategic Research Organisation (USAK), the Australian High Commission in Nicosia, the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA), the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Australian and British Embassies in Ankara. The University of Kent funded the event through the School of Politics and International Relations' Diplomacy@Kent Beacon project, the Faculty Internationalization fund, and a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship awarded to Dr Neophytos Loizides for 2014-5. More information can be found at http://www.usak.org.tr/usak_det.php?id=5&cat=995&dil=ing#.VO80CHysWSo.

For more information on the Turkey and Cyprus Regional Peace and Stability Conference in Ankara on 28 February 2015, please click here.

Recordings of the event

Matthew Barzun, Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and N. Ireland

The first event which launched our series of Diplomacy@Kent events took place on 23 October. Matthew Barzun's talk as organised and hosted by the School of Politics and International Relations (POLIR). Among those invited to this exclusive event, which took place in the Colyer-Fergusson Music Building on the Canterbury campus, were students and staff from POLIR and the Centre for American Studies. During his hour-long talk, which took the form of a Q&A with the students, Ambassador Barzun addressed a broad range of issues from US foreign policy, and its effect on the world today. Further details are available here.

Mapping Perspectives on the EU as Mediator Workshop

The Global Europe and Conflict Analysis Research Centre held a workshop on ‘Mapping Perspectives on the EU as a Mediator.’ The workshop was held as part of our Diplomacy@Kent event and took place on 20th November. The objective of the workshop was to take stock of EU mediation knowledge from the perspective of different actors including academics, civil society and policy practitioners. It also aimed to critically interrogate EU understandings and roles of mediation, and locate opportunities and constraints to these roles. By bringing together various perspectives these discussions generated critical insights into and develop ideas on what the EU's added value is in international peacebuilding. The core discussions at the workshop focused on ‘Mapping knowledge of EU mediation’, ‘Addressing the instruments that support mediation as a tool of EU foreign policy’, ‘Exploring perspectives from civil society and various stakeholders involved in EU mediation effort’ and ‘What way forward? What are appropriate methodologies of studying the EU as a mediator?’

Ireland’s Ambassador to Great Britain, Ambassador Daniel Mulhall Speaks at University of Kent

The Third Event in Diplomacy@Kent was held on 2 February 2015, when His Excellency Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain, visited the University to give a talk to staff and students entitled; Irish Diplomacy in a Globalised World.  Ambassador Mulhall was introduced by David Powell, Policy Adviser to the Vice Chancellor and the event was Chaired by Professor Feargal Cochrane, Co-Director of Diplomacy@Kent. After a wide-ranging lecture on the impact of globalisation and the challenges and opportunities that face Irish diplomacy today, Ambassador Mulhall and Mrs Mulhall attended a reception to talk to staff and students and to those beyond the university who were in attendance.

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