News from the IES

IES Researcher, Irene Wieczorek, has been awarded the Diploma of the Academy of European Law from the European University Institute in Florence for her excellent examination paper this summer.

Congratulations to Irene!

Stabilising the financial markets remains a key challenge for the new Commission, which is set out to start its work in November. A reformed financial sector would help in restoring growth and steering the EU out of the economic crisis. A Banking Union with a Single Supervisory Mechanism for banks is a key part of the reform agenda. 

Do join us in exploring these and other developments in the European internal market and financial services at the IES Inaugural Lecture, delivered by a leading authority, Prof. Em. Jonathan Faull, Director General (DG Internal Market and Services).

The aim of the SOURCE Network of Excellence is to create a robust and sustainable virtual centre of excellence capable of exploring and advancing societal issues in security research and development. The SOURCE project therefore developed a questionnaire to understand how the different sectors involved in societal security interact, and whether or not they encounter any difficulties thereby. 

Mainstream thinking about the role of the European Union in East Asia usually rests on non-traditional security threats such as human and environmental security. In contrast, and within the context of the continuing instability on the Korean peninsula, this Policy Brief looks at the potential for EU-Republic of Korea cooperation on hard security matters. This Policy Brief surmises that there is much room for cooperation that chimes with the objectives of the European Security Strategy and its Implementation Report.

New Vacancy at IES - Teaching and Learning Technologist

The Teaching and Learning Technologist will work collaboratively with the Institute’s staff and students to support learning through the use of technology. This involves inter alia the design of online courses (e-modules) and the transposition of courseware into an e-learning environment. The T&L Technologist will also be responsible for the administration and support of the existing online educational portfolio, as well as for making best use of technology to enhance student learning.

Financing research and development programmes have never been more expensive in Europe. Defence budgets are on the wane, international competition is fierce and high-end technologies are increasingly expensive. Europe’s defence-industrial base is under significant strain, and options are needed to fund elements of a sector that is still crucial to Europe’s security and industry. This Policy Brief argues that the European Investment Bank could play a much greater role in Europe’s defence sector.

The European Commission published a feasibility study on the technological options and the possible “governance framework” necessary for the deployment and management of the Global Internet Policy Observatory.

2014 represents a strategic crossroads for NATO. To encourage debate in the policy and academic communities, the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Royal United Services Institute and NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division organised a workshop on 30 June in Brussels. In discussing present challenges and paving a way forward for NATO, the workshop saw high-level participants come together for a stimulating and in-depth strategic debate. The event showcased a special feature that was published with the RUSI Journal in advance of the Alliance's Summit in Wales, 4-5 September 2014, with contributions from IES Researchers Alexander Mattelaer and Luis Simón.

Adilur Rahman Khan (Bangladesh), a former PILC (now LLM in International and European Law) student who graduated in 1987, has been nominated for the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. This prize is awarded by the International Human Rights Community and given to Human Rights Defenders who have shown deep commitment and face great personal risk. The aim of the award is to provide protection through international recognition.