European responses to the crisis in Libya: which way forward for NATO and the EU?

15 Jun 2011 12:00
15 Jun 2011 14:00

The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel kindly invites you to a joint IES-Egmont Policy Forum entitled "European responses to the crisis in Libya: which way forward for NATO and the EU?", to be held on June 15, 2011.


The intervention in Libya has raised a number of questions about its scope and political aims – but also more broadly about the future of European defense: within NATO it is European nations rather than the US, who have taken the lead; and a CSDP operation has been offered but so far not called upon on the part of the UN. What does this mean for European states and their commitments to European defense, within NATO and the EU? And what are the potential contributions of NATO and the EU in Libya but also the ‘Arab Spring’ more broadly? Two renowned academic experts and a policy practitioner will give their analysis at this policy forum with a view to begin to formulate answers to these issues.


12:00 Welcome Lunch and introduction by Prof. Dr. Eva Gross, Institute for European Studies, VUB (Chair)

12:30 Presentations by:

  • Prof. Jolyon Howorth, Yale University
  • Prof. Dr. Sven Biscop, Egmont
  • Bert Versmessen, European External Action Service (TBC)

14:00 End of Policy Forum

The IES Policy Forums bring together representatives from academia, lawyers, business experts and policy makers to share views and stimulate a highly interactive debate on topical issues with a focus on the future.


Participation is free of charge and open to all but, due to space limitations, registration is required.  Those wanting to participate can register by sending an e-mail to

The programme will start at 12:00 with a lunch reception, followed by the presentation at 12:30

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