Converging and conflicting ethical values in the internal/external security in continuum in Europe.

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Joint Seminar on Securing the Neighborhoods: Southern and Eastern Dimensions of European Neighborhood Policy (ENP). PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 March 2010 09:22
On 19 March 2010 a seminar titled securing the Neighborhoods: Southern and Eastern Dimensions of ENP was organized in Paris. This seminar was jointly organized by Bilkent University and CIDOB both members of Workpackage 6, and Collegium Civitas member of workpackage 5, in cooperation with the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS). The seminar gathered a great number of distinguished speakers and experts from EU institutions, European research institutes and universities. Among the special themes that were discussed during the sessions was EU’s approach, in general, to the South and the East; Security, border management and human rights in the southern neighborhood; and security and democracy in the eastern neighborhood. The seminar took place at EUISS headquarters in Paris.
Workshop on “the ethical issues of CFSP/ESDP in the European borderlands” PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 January 2010 15:43
On 11 February, 2010 Institute of European Studies (IES) will host a workshop on behalf of INEX WP4: Ethical issues in the link between external and internal security in CFSP/ESDP. The title of the workshop is: “Ethical issues of CFSP/ESDP in the European borderlands”.
The objective of this workshop is to discuss the ethical consequence of the changes in the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) including the European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP). More specifically, It will examine the value assumptions underlying traditional CFSP/ESDP objectives including SSR, rule of law and peace building; and contrasts these assumptions with the value premises underlying JHA that touch on CFSP and that underline the increasing blurring between internal and external security objectives of EU external relations. Morover, the workshop will also discuss the consequences of these potentially conflicting objectives, including  the challenge of civil-military relations. Field experiences from the EU’s missions in Bosnia (EUPM), Kosovo (EULEX) and Georgia (EUMM) will serve as examples of the consequences of conflicting values within specific policies.
The workshop will be co-chaired by Prof. Eva Gross (IES) and J. Peter Burgess (PRIO / IES). Distinguished speakers include:
Mr. Tobias Flessenkemper, Head of EU`s Police Mission in BiH (EUPM)
Dr. Isabelle Ioannides, VU Amsterdam
Dr. Xiana Barros, EUI Florence
Dr. Ursula Schroeder, Free University Berlin
Prof. Susan Penksa, Westmont /IES
INEX Midterm Conference and Commission Evaluation in Brussels in October PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 November 2009 10:45
On 29 and 30 October 2009, under the EU Commission’s 7th Framework Programme, the INEX Project (Conflicting and converging ethical values in the internal/external security continuum in Europe) held its Midterm Conference and Commission evaluation at CEPS in Brussels.

The Midterm Conference was held on 29 October, and the programme consisted of four interesting panels seeking to explore the internal/external security continuum in Europe through different themes.

The panels addressed the following issues: (1) Values and security technologies, (2) Policing culture in Europe, (3) Conflicting and converging legal regimes in Europe, and (4) Securing the Neighbourhood – Southern and Eastern Dimensions. Each panel engaged both the panelists and other participants in fruitful discussions afterwards. As many as 60 participants were registered to attend the Midterm Conference.

On 30 October, following the INEX Management Committee meeting, the Commission evaluation took place. All workpackages in the project were represented at both the Midterm Conference and the Commission evaluation.
The next Project Conference for INEX Project is scheduled for May 2010. More after the break.

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Research Seminar on “the privatisation and ‘commodification’ of security” PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 00:00
On 20 October, 2009 a research seminar on the issue of “the privatisation and ‘commodification’ of security” was organised by INEX WP1 and SUERTE (European Security and Transatlantic Relations) Research Group. The research seminar focused on the study of the changing relations between public and private actors in the field of security, and was held at Sciences Po in Paris.
The objective of the research seminar was to reflect processes of ‘discharge’ from the public to the private sector in the field of military and policing activities. The seminar also examined the growing involvement of private companies in the daily management of (in)security. In this perspective, the participants aimed to bring together the research conducted on the privatisation of security and on its ‘commodification’, and to survey the influence of the commercial logics of providers of industrial goods and services on security professionals in Europe and North America.
At the same time, the research seminar also reflected on the evolution of the security doxa, and particularly on the growing centrality of a rationality of risk and prevention among security professionals, and its implications for the relations between the public and private sectors.
The research seminar was chaired by Thomas Lindemann who is a professor of political science at the University d’Artois and a researcher in CERAPS. Speakers included Jean-Paul Brodeus, Director of the Centre International de Criminologie Comparée and professor in the Department of Criminology of the University of Montreal, and Anna Leander, professor at the Copenhagen Business School.  Didier Bigo from Science Po was the discussant of the event.
Autumn lecture series on “Europe under threat? Security, migration and integration” has been successfully launched PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 October 2009 12:25
The Institute for European Studies (IES) and the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) have jointly launched an autumn lecture series addressing the topic “Europe under threat? Security, migration and integration.” This series is a response to the overwhelming attention given to the threat of transnational terrorism in the last year, and the enormous impact it has had on the phenomenon of migration.
The lecture series intends to explore the relationship between security and migration in the EU in this new era of increasing global displacement. It will provide new input, information, analysis and reflection on the relevant legal and policy frameworks surround migration in Europe. By focusing on the political and juridical dimensions of the migration question the series will contribute to understanding the complex interplay of global migration and European security measures taken in response to it.
Prominent experts, policy makers and opinion leaders will address these questions and series of lectures aimed at students, scholars, policy makers and the general public.
All the lectures take place on the campus of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels.
Please note that registration for these lectures is compulsory. You can register at this link:

Updates of the programme, as well as more information on the lecture series can be found on

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