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Tuesday 12 December 2017 11:00 - 13:00

The EU and conflict resolution: Insights from Northern Ireland and Cyprus


The Europe and the World Theme presents the 2nd edition of the ACCESS Europe Practitioners Series on the EU and conflicts both in its territory but also its neighbourhood. Three lectures by renowned academics and experienced practitioners are lined up. 

Over the years, the EU has tried to assist Northern Ireland and Cyprus to overcome decades of conflict and division and to foster cooperation between different sides of the conflicts. While the active intervention of the EU in Northern Ireland was conducted through different programmes for economic and regional development as well as cross border co-operation such an approach did not prove successful in the case of Cyprus despite the hopes that EU accession could become a catalyst for the reunification of the island. The recent collapse of the Cyprus reunification talks as well as fears that Brexit will open old wounds and result into a re-imposition of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic have created concern about the future. The aim of this event is to highlight the role that the EU has played in these two conflicts, analyse the role of women in the peace process in Northern Ireland as well as draw lessons and offer insights with regard to the future. 


Ms. Bronagh Hinds, Senior Associate with DemocraShe, Founder of Northern Ireland Women’s European Platform and Co-Funder of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition. 

Dr. George Kyris, Lecturer and Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, University of Birmingham.  




Vrije Universiteit Main Building, room HG-09A32