Study for the European Parliament: “Monitoring the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals – The role of the data revolution”, by Neil WEBSTER and Helle Munk RAVNBORG

DEVE SDGTEPSA has recently coordinated a study for the European Parliament’s Committee on Development (DEVE), authored by Neil WEBSTER and Helle Munk RAVNBORG, Senior Researchers at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS).

The study deals with “Monitoring the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals – The role of the data revolution” and examines the transition from monitoring the Millennium Development Goals to monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the implications for developing countries, and the support that the data revolution could provide. The indicators agreed for the SDG targets are discussed in terms of data requirements and the different types of data currently collected. The potential for the data revolution to strengthen open data and access to data in terms of connectivity is also explored. The latter is seen as being central to increasing accountability as part of the monitoring process. The authors looked into the areas that the EU might prioritise and how these could contribute to the broader Follow-Up and Review framework proposed by the UN Secretary General for consideration of the UN General Assembly, and offered recommendations for EU support to its development partner countries.

According to the paper, the European Parliament should organise an annual regional review of (i) progress towards the SDGs within the EU, and (ii) the effects of the EU on the progress of developing countries with a specific focus on the need for policy coherence across the full range of EU policies and their implementation with respect to these countries. For its part, the Committee on Development could contribute with specific contributions to the broader EU review process; namely (i) the progress reported by developing countries that are partners to the EU and/or its member governments, (ii) the estimated impact of EU contributions with particular focus on the six fields of EU comparative advantage identified above, (iii) the Committee on Development’s own assessment of the state of policy coherence for development, and (iv) an assessment as to the country and regional focus of the EU’s support for development in the light of progress towards the SDG reported. For each of these four contributions, a clear set of suggestions would be presented to the European Parliament based on the existing and emerging challenges identified within each. In addition to its contributions to the annual regional review, the Committee on Development would organise an annual briefing on developing countries’ progress generally and the contribution made by the EU to this progress.

The full study can be downloaded here.

European Parliament Workshop on “EU Policy Coherence for Development: The Challenge of Sustainability”, contributions by Maurizio Carbone and Mark Furness



TEPSA recently coordinated the participation of Prof. Maurizio Carbone (University of Glasgow) and Mark Furness (Senior Researcher at the German Development Institute), in a workshop on EU Policy Coherence for Development: The Challenge of Sustainability, organized by the European Parliament’s Committee on Development and hosted by MEP Cristian Dan Preda, standing rapporteur on Policy Coherence for Development. The two invited experts contributed to the workshop by delivering briefings and presentations.

In his briefing “The European Union and Policy Coherence for Development: high on mechanisms, low on achievements”, Prof. Carbone analyses the evolution of the concept of Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) in the European Union (EU). The central argument is that, despite its institutionalization since the Treaty of Maastricht and the numerous commitments made by EU Member States and institutions in various contexts, achievements on PCD have been modest. The strong emphasis placed on mechanisms and procedures has not helped as much as it was expected. An analysis of the Impact Assessment procedure, the contentious role to be played by EU Delegations, and the difficult implementation record of the ambitious initiative on joint programming show that the needs and interests of (different types of) developing countries are only marginally taken into account across a number of EU policies and decisions. The conclusion is that the successful promotion of PCD is not so much a matter of mechanisms and procedures but primarily is a political undertaking. Nevertheless, the author provides some recommendations, which could make PCD an important element of transformative development.


In the briefing titled “Policy Coherence for Development and the Security Development Nexus in EU External Relations”, Mark Furness argues that what is needed is a more ambitious conceptualisation of PCD which considers the interaction of all policies relevant in a given context, with a view to the achievement of overriding development objectives. This implies that policy coherence is best served when actors responsible for policymaking in various domains engage in a process of designing and implementing comprehensive policy frameworks with strategic objectives in mind, and that both the objectives themselves and the policymaking and implementation processes by which they are pursued support rather than undermine each other.This paper shows that while progress has been made by the EU towards this kind of approach, particularly since the Lisbon Treaty, there is still plenty of room for improvement. Two areas are highlighted: the EU’s comprehensive approach to country-level engagements in fragile and conflict-affected countries, and the question of securitisation and the EU’s new emergency trust fund for migration in Africa. The briefing also gives recommendations at the conceptual, strategic and country levels as well as with regard to crisis response.

The full report of the workshop including the experts’ briefings is available here.

Past events at the Institute for World Economics, Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Spring 2016



2-15 February 2016, Botswana and Namibia – field research in Africa

Judit Kiss and Zsuzsánna Biedermann visited different institutes and met governmental officiers, as well as local researchers to map the dangers and chances of raw material economy

22-23 February 2016, Budapest – Budapest Business School Faculty of International Management and Business Campus

Ágnes Szunomár, Tamás Novák, Miklós Szanyi took part and gave lectures at the Conference on the Current Issues of Economic and Social Integration in Hungary and Taiwan.

Joe Forgacs, The social psychology of prejudice: Implications for the politics of the European refugee crisis

23 February 2016, Budapest – Europe Club

Speaker: Joseph P. Forgacs, DPhil, DSc. (Oxford) Scientia Professor, University of New South Wales, Sydney

“Understanding Russian Influence in Europe”

29 February 2016, Washington – Center for Strategic & International Studies

András Deák was a participant and had a lecture at the conference Understanding Russian Influence in Europe.

Conference in memoriam Margit Rácz: “Changing Europe – Integration and Crisis”

7 March 2016, Budapest – Headquarters of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Investment pause in the Russian economy and how to overcome it

10 March 2016, Budapest – within the frames of the IWE CERS HAS series ‘Economics with policy’ Oleg Buklemishev held a seminar under the title Investment pause in the Russian economy and how to overcome it.

Change, money – New planning period in the EU’s development policy

22 March 2016, Budapest – Europe Club

Péter Heil expert in development policy, Corvinus University, associate professor: Change, money – New planning period in the EU’s development policy

“V4 Goes Global: Exploring opportunities in V4 cooperation with BASIC emerging powers”

22 March 2016, Warsaw – Polish Institute of International Affairs

Ágnes Szunomár represented the institute at the closing event of “V4 Goes Global: Exploring opportunities in V4 cooperation with BASIC emerging powers” 

Title of the book containing the reseach studies: V4 Goes Global. Exploring Opportunities and Obstacles for Visegrad Countries Cooperation with Brazil, India, China and South Africa.

April 14 2016, Budapest – IWE CERS HAS

Within the frames of our institute’s workshop talk series Tamás Gerőcs ​ junior research fellow was focusing on the Chinese currency. He drawed two models of internationalization of the yuan. ​Either a more hegemonic role in the international financial system​ when the yuan could compete with the dollar to become the leading unit of account in trade, reserve and investment functions of a world currency. Or the other model which suggests a partial or ‘basic’ convertibility​ with modest international function of the yuan. It could become an anchor currency in the intra-Asian trade.

“Resilient Europe?” – 23rd International Conference of Europeanists

April 14-16 2016, Philadelphia, by the Council for European Studies

Tamás Novák in his paper ‘Austerity – Selective Austerity – Non-Austerity: Experiences of Central European EU Members States’ attempted to explore the conclusions that can be drawn from the divergent strategies of Central European EU member countries as regards austerity measures or alternative approaches to such measures.

April 19 2016, Budapest – Europe Club

György Raskó agrarian economist: Comparative analysis of agricultural development in the EU and in Hungary, with special emphasis on the efficiency of production

Past events at the Institute of International Affairs (IIA) at University of Iceland – Winter 2015/16

IIA Iceland

Open seminars hosted by the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland 

The Institute of International Affairs (IIA) at the University of Iceland has organized a number of open seminars on various topics in the beginning of the year. The seminars include:

19 February 2016. The Role of Non-Arctic States in Emerging Polar Security.
Marc Lanteigne, Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) in Oslo and an Affiliated Researcher at the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík.

18 February 2016. The 2015 Human Development Report.
Dr. Selim Jahan, Editor-in-Chief of the 2015 Human Development Report: Work for Human Development and Director of the UNDP Human Development Report Office.

8 February 2016. The EEA Agreement and Iceland’s obligations.
Páll Þórhallsson, Chair of the Committee for the Report on the Implementation of the EEA Agreement.
Claude Maerten, Head of Division, European External Action Service.

22 January 2016. Europe’s Refugee Crisis.
Hugo Brady, Adviser to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council.

12 January 2016. The Rise of ISIS: What does it mean?
Dr. Magnús Þorkell Bernharðsson, Professor of Middle Eastern History at Williams College.

Past events at the Institute of International Affairs (IIA) of University of Iceland – Autumn 2015


The Institute of International Affairs (IIA) at the University of Iceland has organized a number of open seminars on various topics this fall semester. The seminars include:

The West and Russia: New Cold War? New Détente? Managing Rivalry?
18 November 2015

This seminar was held by Andrew Cottey, Senior Lecturer, Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Integration and Head of Department in the Department of Government, University College Cork, Ireland.

Helsinki 40 plus: The OSCE and Small States
13 November 2015

Open OSCE “Helsinki 40 plus” seminar organised by the OSCE Communication and Media Relations Department in collaboration with the University of Iceland’s Institute of International Affairs and the Centre for Small State Studies

A New Era in Cuba?
9 November 2015

This seminar was held by Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, Cuban writer, journalist, blogger, editor, photographer and social activist who fled Cuba in 2013 after having been subjected to political oppression in his country of origin.

United Nations and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
28 October 2015

This seminar was held by Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and Denmark’s former Minister for Development Cooperation.

The Science of Disaster Management
19 October 2015

This seminar was held by Robin Grimes, the Chief Scientific Adviser of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson, Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland


Past events at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) – Spring 2016



Beyond the Deadlock: What Future for EU-Russia Relations?”
18 April, Rome.
Conference organised in cooperation with Valdai Discussion Club.

Italian-German Town Hall Meeting”
05 April, Rome
Conference organised within the framework of the “Dialogue on Europe” project. The third European Town Hall Meeting took place with representatives from Italian civil society and the German Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth. More than 100 participants followed the invitation of the Berlin-based think tank Das Progressive Zentrum, the Italian Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and the German Foreign Office, to discuss European challenges and the Italian-German relationship.

Italy and the European Economic Governance”
17 March, Rome
Conference with Pier Carlo Padoan, Italian Minister of Economy and Finance, on an European strategy for growth and stability.

Brexit and the future of the EU: Italy’s Position and Interests”
11 March, Rome
A meeting on Italy’s position and interests concerning Brexit and the future of Europe, with Marco Piantini (Adviser to Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi for European Affairs) and Paolo Ponzano (Senior Fellow, Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute, Florence).

“The EU, the OSCE and the European Security Order”

8 March, Rome
International conference in cooperation with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Dissemination event of the Final Report of the Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as a Common Project.

“The EU and the global development framework. A strategic approach to the 2030 Agenda”
7 March, Rome
In cooperation with EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) and Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, with the contribution of European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) and the strategic partnership of Compagnia di San Paolo. Among the speakers: Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, and Mario Giro, Deputy Minister, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Recent publications from Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) – Spring 2016


The EU and the Global Development Framework. A Strategic Approach to the 2030 Agenda, by Bernardo Venturi and Miryam Magro (Documenti IAI 16|05) March 2016, 10 p.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda adopted by world leaders in September 2015 are calling on the EU to redefine its approach to development cooperation in the framework of the new EU Global Strategy. This phase is an opportunity to include development cooperation in a strategy of external action and to integrate internal resilience with all the aspects of external action. This conference brought together policy-makers and experts from both academia and civil society to discuss these challenges and opportunities. The three sessions were focused on: the 2030 Agenda and the new global governance for development; the European Union’s global action and local engagement; food security, stability and crisis prevention in the 2030 Agenda. Summary report of the conference “The EU and the Global Development Framework. A Strategic Approach to the 2030 Agenda” held in Rome on 7 March 2016. The conference was organised in the framework of the review of the EU Global Strategy by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in cooperation with the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Compagnia di San Paolo, with the contribution of Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM).

Italy and the Reform of the European Economic Governance (original: L’Italia e la riforma della governance europea), by Fabrizio Saccomanni (Documenti IAI 16|04) March 2016, 6 p.

A Shared European Policy Strategy for Growth, Jobs, and Stability, the document prepared by the Italian Minister of Economy and Finances, Pier Carlo Padoan, in late February, makes an important contribution to the debate on the reform of European governance from political, analytical and procedural points of view. In this paper, the author examines some of the main issues raised by Padoan’s document from these three angles. The author broadly agrees with the document’s approach and thesis, but notes that it could have been more precise in formulating specific proposals for correcting the course of Europe’s “policy mix.”

The Spitzenkandidaten procedure: Reflecting on the Future of an Electoral Experiment, by Johannes Müller  Gómez and Wolfgang Wessels  (IAI Working Papers 16|08) March 2016, 25 p.

The 2014 European Parliament (EP) elections introduced a novel procedure to elect the President of the European Commission: the so-called Spitzenkandidaten, i.e. pan-European lead candidates nominated by the European political parties. The two main purposes behind this innovation were to mobilise the electorate and to strengthen the EP. The first use of the Spitzenkandidaten model established a new modus operandi of the EP at the expense of the European Council, which now has to appoint the lead candidate whose party won most seats in the European elections. However, it also contributed to polarising citizens’ attitudes towards the EU and did not overcome the tendency to compete in European elections on purely national issues. Future adjustments of the Spitzenkandidaten procedure should aim to improve the EU’s responsiveness and make the elections more European. Introducing primaries for the nominations of the Spitzenkandidaten could be a first step, eventually leading to the direct election of the Commission President.

Brexit or No Brexit? Political and Institutional Implications of an EU without UK, by Funda Tekin, (IAI Working paper 16|07) March 2016, 23 p.

The United Kingdom will vote on its fate within the European Union on 23 June 2016. Currently, there is still time to influence the outcome of this referendum – both from the UK and the EU side. The effects of a Brexit need to be closely assessed and communicated. This paper sets out to analyse the implications of different scenarios for Britain’s European future both in institutional and political terms. The main argument is that one way or the other the UK will be inclined to give up on its full membership, and then the EU will have to find the best possible ways to accommodate. Against this backdrop, this paper discusses the implications of differentiated integration, the UK’s role within the EU, British demands for renegotiating its EU membership, and the costs of keeping the UK within the EU or letting it go. The paper recommends agreeing on as much compromise as possible within the existing treaty framework. A Brexit cannot and will not solve current pressing problems of European integration.

Energy Union Watch (December 2015-February 2016), by Nicoló Sartori and Lorenzo Colantoni, No. 3, February 2016

The third issue of IAI’s quarterly bulletin, Energy Union Watch, is now available with a focus on security and best practices in the realm of gas procurement.

Recent publications from Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) – Spring/summer 2016



A New EU Strategic Approach to Global Development, Resilience and Sustainability, by Bernardo Venturi and Damien Helly, (IAI Working paper 16|14) May 2016, 22 p.

The new EU Global Strategy (EUGS) and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Agenda provide an opportunity for the EU to refresh its global approach to development cooperation. The EUGS could promote resilience through coherence between internal and external policies, in line with the 2030 Agenda. The EUGS could establish a new EU approach to development combining resilience, development and conflict sensitivity. As a multi-diplomacy umbrella document fostering policy coherence, the EUGS will have to acknowledge and encourage a series of adjustments to be made in EU development diplomacy and cooperation to contribute to the universal and transformative SDG agenda.

The publication can be downloaded here.

The New EU Governance: New Intergovernmentalism, New Supranationalism, and New Parliamentarism, by Vivien A. Schmidt  (IAI Working Papers 16|08) May 2016, 16 p.

Contemporary analysts differ over which EU actors are the main drivers of European integration and how they pursue it. “New intergovernmentalists” focused on political leaders’ deliberations in the Council clash with “new supranationalists” centred on technical actors’ policy design and enforcement in the Commission and other EU bodies, while both ignore “new parliamentarists” concerned with the European Parliament. This essay argues that only by considering the actions and interactions of all three main actors together can we fully understand the “new” EU governance and its problems. It uses in illustration the EU’s crises of money, borders and security. The essay also suggests that it is best to think about the future of EU governance not in terms of any hard core but rather as a “soft core” of member-states clustered in overlapping policy communities. It additionally proposes ways of reinforcing EU-level capacity for policy coordination with national-level decentralisation to address problems of democracy and legitimacy.

The publication can be downloaded here.

Europe and Israel: A Complex Relationship, by Giorgio Gomel (IAI Working Papers 16|12) May 2016, 7 p.

There is some degree of ambivalence, mistrust, and even hostility between Europe and Israel. Europeans see Israel on a path of permanent occupation of Palestinian territories. Israel sees the European posture as unbalanced and biased against Israel. Economic and institutional linkages are strong. A further strengthening of relations is however difficult unless a peaceful settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is reached. For the EU resolving the conflict is a matter of both interests and values. The engagement of the EU can take different forms, in the realm of sticks one may point to legislation concerning the labelling of products from Israeli settlements in the occupied territories and carrots such as the EU offer of a special privileged partnership with Israel. For the Israeli public a clearer perception of the costs of non-peace and the benefits from a resolution of the conflict could help unblock the stalemate and remove the deceptive illusion that the status quo is sustainable.

The publication can be downloaded here.

Civili in missione: l’esperienza italiana nelle missioni dell’Unione europea, by Alessandro Azzoni and Nicoletta Pirozzi (eds), Roma Nuova Cultura, March 2016, 80 p.

Civilian approaches and instruments are taking on increasing importance in conflict prevention and crisis management. The civilian missions of the European Union have become one of the most significant tools, contributing to the containment or the solution of crises in different areas. This volume offers a useful overview of EU civilian missions and Italy’s contribution to them. The historical background and analysis of institutional and legal aspects provide for a solid understanding of the ongoing dynamics between Brussels and Rome of mission management, the effectiveness and efficiency of the fieldwork, the recruitment and training of personnel, and the future prospect of these types of interventions. The pros and cons of European civilian crisis management are examined and presented in a clear and open manner, together with a list of policy recommendations. The last section of the book addresses young professionals interested in taking part in EU missions, describing the application procedures and the real job prospects for those who aspire to becoming an expert in this field. This book contains the highlights of the debate and summarizes the recommendations of the seminar “Civili in missione. L’esperienza italiana nelle missioni dell’Unione europea”, held in Rome on 17-18 December 2015 in the framework of the “Farnesina Open Doors” programme. The seminar was organised by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in collaboration with the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI).

The publication can be downloaded here.


Explaining the Crisis of the European Migration and Asylum Regime, By Ferruccio Pastore and Giulia Henry, in The International Spectator, Vol. 51, No. 1, April 2016, p. 44-57

Since 2013, the European migration and asylum regime has entered a phase of crisis, which reveals the deep interdependencies between its different components (including intra-EU mobility) and the unbalanced nature of its normative foundations. This original structural fragility had not fundamentally compromised the overall functioning of the regime until two major exogenous factors (the economic crisis, with its asymmetrical impact on the eurozone, and the wave of political instability and conflicts on the southern shore of the Mediterranean) brought its intrinsic limits to the point of rupture. The ongoing, highly contentious process of reform of the European migration and asylum regime is an unprecedented and crucially important test of the capacity of one the European Union’s key sectors to evolve under pressure and to adapt to a rapidly and deeply changing geopolitical, economic and demographic environment.

The publication can be downloaded here.

Past events at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) – Spring 2016

DIIS horizontal

Financing Sustainable Development in a Time of Aid Uncertainty
1 March 2016, Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen

In the fall of 2015, world leaders adopted the most ambitious global development agenda in history. Meeting the aspiring targets of the Sustainable Development Goals will require financing far beyond traditional aid. At the same time, aid itself is under major pressure as European governments cut aid budgets or divert them to meet refugee and migration issues.

In this context of massive global ambition and concurrent uncertainty on the future of aid, other actors and sources of development financing seem ever more critical, such as the private sector, private foundations and the BRICS. But what are in fact the interests and modes of operation of such actors in the context of development financing, and to what extent do they align with the aims of the SDGs? And how do national governments of developing countries themselves perceive and approach these new sources of financing?

At this event, a new DIIS report was presented, providing insights from ongoing DIIS research on the policies, mind-sets and interests of some of the many actors that will be playing a fundamental role in the complex and challenging task of financing sustainable development.


Adam Moe FEJERSKOV, PhD Candidate, DIIS
Helle MUNK Ravnborg, Senior Researcher, DIIS
Lars ENGBERG-PEDERSEN, Senior Researcher, DIIS
Mikkel FUNDER, Senior Researcher, DIIS
Neil WEBSTER, Senior Researcher, DIIS
Yang JIANG, Senior Researcher, DIIS

More information can be found here.

Kazakhstan: Opportunities for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament
21 April 2016, Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Copenhagen


In 2013 Kazakhstan announced its bid for a seat as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the years 2017/18. Kazakhstan regards itself as a global leader in nuclear responsibility, drawing upon its long experience within the nuclear field, as part of the campaign for the seat.

Kazakhstan’s nuclear experience is unusual. In the Soviet period, 456 nuclear tests were carried out at the Semipalatinsk test site, followed by a 17-year cleanup process completed in 2012. On the eve of the Soviet dissolution, Kazakhstan found itself in possession of Soviet strategic nuclear weapons amounting to, at the time, the fourth largest arsenal in the world. The weapons were returned to Russia in the early 1990s for dismantlement.

Today, Kazakhstan is the world’s largest producer of uranium ore concentrates with 41% of the world production in 2014, and production is increasing gradually. It is a founding member of the world’s first international Uranium Enrichment Centre along with the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Armenia, to provide guaranteed uranium enrichment services for nuclear energy. In addition, in 2015, Kazakhstan signed an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to set up an IAEA Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Bank in Kazakhstan.  The Fuel Bank will be a physical reserve of LEU available for eligible IAEA Member States owned and controlled by the IAEA.

At this seminar organized jointly by DIIS and the Kazakhstan Embassy, Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Denmark and Sweden Dr. Dastan Yeleukenov, Tariq Rauf, Director of the Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Programme at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and Senior Researcher Cindy Vestergaard (DIIS) discussed current opportunities and Kazakhstan’s role for strengthening nuclear non-proliferation and promoting nuclear disarmament.


Dr. Dastan Yeleukenov, Ambassador to Denmark and Sweden

Tariq Rauf, Director of SIPRI Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme

Cindy Vestergaard, Senior Researcher, DIIS

Gry Thomasen, postdoc, DIIS


15:30-15:35 Welcome and Introduction, Gry Thomasen
Kazakhstan’s contribution to disarmament and arms control. IAEA Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Bank in Kazakhstan, Tariq Rauf
16:20-16:30 Comments, Dr. Dastan Yeleukenov
16:30-16:45 Coffee break
16:45-17:05 Trends in Global Disarmament and Nonproliferation, Cindy Vestergaard
17:05-17:30 Q&A



Natural resources and infrastructure investments in Africa
27 April 2016, Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS),Copenhagen


Despite falling commodity prices, investments into the extraction of natural resources in Africa continue, albeit at a slower pace.

Not only are new mining and oil/gas projects potential sources of revenues for governments. Across the continent they are also linked to large-scale infrastructure projects, often providing the funding for these projects, with important implications for landscapes and livelihoods.

By activating and connecting political actors in new ways, from the local to the global, these infrastructural investments reshape existing political orderings.

Through presentations of analytical perspectives and empirical case studies this seminar aimed to shed light on an emerging research field.


Jana Hoenke, Assistant Professor, University of Groningen (currently, at the University of Edinburgh)

Joshua Kirshner, Lecturer in Human Geography, University of York

Lars Buur, Associate professor, Roskilde University

Morten Blomqvist, Senior Governance Adviser, Oxfam Ibis

Rasmus Hundsbæk Pedersen, Postdoc, DIIS

14:00-14:05 Introduction
Chair: Lars Buur
14:05-14:25 Mining, infrastructure and extractive urbanism in Tete, Mozambique
Joshua Kirshner
14:25:14:45 Petroleum investments and land acquisition standards in Tanzania
Rasmus Hundsbæk Pedersen
14:45-15:05 New political geographies? Controversies around the ports of Dar es Salaam and Bagamoyo, Tanzania
Jana Hoenke
15:05-15:20 Coffee break
15:20-15:30 Open discussion
Discussant: Morten Blomqvist
15:30-16:15 Q&A
Lars Buur

Past events from the Real Instituto Elcano de Estudios Internacionales y Estratégicos – Autumn 2015


V International Conference of the Red Iberoamericana de Estudios Internacionales (RIBEI)
1-2 December 2015

Organised by Elcano Royal Institute and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE).

More information can be found here.

Meeting, The EU Internal-External Security Nexus
26 November 2015

Organised by Elcano Royal Institute, EUISS and the Strategic Planning Division of the EEAS in the context of the EU-wide expert outreach and consultation process for the preparation of the EU Global Strategy on foreign and security policy.

More information can be found here.

Presentation, Informe Elcano 19 – Spain/Morocco Relations
24 November 2015

With the participation of Charles Powell, director at Elcano Royal Institute, Carlos Westendorp, general secretary of Club de Madrid, Miguel Ángel Bastenier, journalist at El País, Bernabé López García, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Haizam Amirah Fernández, Elcano Royal Institute.

More information can be found here.

Conference, Governing Energy: The Atlantic Basin and Global Institutions
19 November 2015

Organised by the Spanish Committee of the World Energy Council and Spanish Energy Club, in collaboration with Elcano Royal Institute.

More information can be found here.

3rd Elcano Forum on Global Terrorism: the current jihadist mobilization in Western Europe
16 November 2015

Organised by Elcano Royal Institute, in collaboration with the Embassy of the United States and the Swedish Defense University. Directed by Fernando Reinares and co-ordinated by Carola García-Calvo, respectively Senior Analyst and Analyst of the Program on Global Terrorism at Elcano Royal Institute.

More information can be found here.

Seminar, `Spanish Cooperation 2030: The role of Spain in the New Development Agenda´
03 November 2015

Organised by Spain´s Biblioteca Nacional and Elcano Royal Institute, with the participation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, ISGlobal and Oxfam Intermón. Participants agreed on 17 Sustainable Development Goals and an international agenda for achieving them before 2030.

More information can be found here.

Conference, `NATO and the New Arc of Crisis´
28-29 October 2015

Organised by the NATO´s Public Diplomacy Division and Elcano Royal Institute, with the participation of Istituto Affari Internazionali and Instituto Português de Relações Internacionais (IPRI). Speech by Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, Deputy Secretary General of NATO and Emilio Lamo de Espinosa, President of Elcano Royal Institute.

More information can be found here.

Seminar, `African Women Who Build Peace´
27 October 2015

Organised by Elcano Royal Institute and Fundación Mujeres por África, the event gathered together women activists for women’s rights and experts in peace and security. Among the speakers were María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, President of Fundación Mujeres por África, Oumou Sall Seck, Hibaaq Osman, Nicole Ndongala and Caddy Adzuba.

More information can be found here.

Debate, `How to deepen the eurozone integration?
22 October 2015

Organised by Elcano Royal Institute and Fundación Rafael del Pino. Thomas Westphal, General Director of European Affairs at the German Ministry of Finance, Philippe Martin, Advisor to the French Minister of Economy, Manuel Conthe, Editorial Director at Expansión newspaper.

More information can be found here.

Conference `Alcance de las reformas en México y su impacto en las relaciones con España´
21 September 2015

Organised by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Mexico DF, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs and Elcano Royal Institute, with the sponsorship of Santander Group and the collaboration of Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica.

More information can be found here.

Conference `Transatlantic Conversation: Confronting Common Security Challenges´.
16 September 2015

Organised by the Wilson Center (Washington D.C.)
Experts´ conference on security and transatlantic relations at the Wilson Center. Participants in the conference included: The King of Spain; Jane Harman, director, president and CEO at The Wilson Center; Emilio Lamo de Espinosa, president at Elcano Royal Institute; Bruce Hoffman Director at Center of Security Studies and director of the Programme of Studies on Security, Georgetown University; Charles Powell, Director at Elcano Royal Institute; Fernando Reinares, expert on international terrorism at Real Instituto Elcano; Bruce Riedel, Brookings Institution and former senior adviser for the past four presidents of the US; Catherine Herridge chief intelligence correspondent, Fox News.

More information can be found here.