European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS), 6-8 April 2016, Tübingen

The workshop agenda was based on the three WP5 deliverables (D5.1, D5.2 and D5.4) on epistemologies of risk and resilience, securing financial critical infrastructure and the impact of the financial crisis on Societal Security in Europe.

Preliminary programme is available here.

PhD Course on Societal Security, PRIO, 29 February - 2 March 2016

Call for Applications: PhD Course on Societal Security in Europe

The deadline for applications is 20 January 2016. For further information about the course program and admission, please visit the research school course page.

SOURCE Close-door Policy Meeting 'Schengen under pressure? Taking stock of the latest developments of the borderless Europe', 28 January 2016, Brussels

Schengen at strain? 

What is happening to the Schengen borders? Is Schengen in ‘crisis’? This lunchtime policy seminar examines the state of play and latest developments in the Schengen system during 2015 and 2016. 

Particular attention will be paid to the refugee crisis effects on the Schengen system, and the reintroduction of internal border controls by certain EU Member States. The policy seminar will also cover the recent proposal for establishing a common European border and coast guard and other initiatives focused on strengthening the Schengen external borders. 
The Policy Seminar will also look at the role of democratic accountability and the European Parliament in these debates and proposals.

SOURCE Conference at King's College London - "Oversight of Security Services" by Nils Muiznieks, Commissioner for Human Right of the Council of Europe, 21 January 2016

The SOURCE team at King’s College London is delighted to invite you to a conference on the democratic and effective oversight of national security services. Didier Bigo and Theo Farrell (Department of War Studies – KCL) will introduce a talk by Nils Muižnieks, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe. Commissioner Muižnieks will present and comment on the issue paper “Democratic and effective oversight of national security services” (in attachment). Thomas Rid (Department of War Studies – KCL), Sir David Omand (former GCHQ, Department of War Studies – KCL), Christopher Graham (UK Information Commissioner) and Valsamis Mitsilegas (Queen’s Mary University) will then discuss the report. The conference will end with a Q&A session with the audience. 

SOURCE Roundtable “Security and Societal Issues: how to strike the good balance”, 8th February 2016, Brussels

The SOURCE project organises a roundtable between the SOUCE partners and industry and research security supply sector representatives (EOS members) to define common understanding of what societal values are.

Policy Meeting: '’30 years of Schengen – Challenges for the EU in times of crisis', Brussels, 17-18 December 2015

Recent societal developments have brought forward changes to the way security is understood, perceived and used by social actors. Although this shift in paradigm can be seen through different lenses, there are some obvious trends. To begin with, states and political sovereignty are no longer a guarantee for citizens’ well-being. The state is no longer a primary object of security, though it is still an important one. Secondly, the modern threats and the challenges of contemporary societies have changed dramatically in the light of the new technological developments. Globalization is another factor to contribute to this radical change of how security is perceived. Last but not least, in the aftermath of the financial and economic crisis, we are witnessing the retrieve of the state, including its weakening roles in ensuring security and wellbeing for its citizens. 

Policy Meeting: 'Access to Electronic Data for Law Enforcement Purposes', London, 11 December 2015

The main purpose of the Conference is to explore the legal and policy challenges that mutual legal assistance and cybercrime are posing in EU-USA Cooperation.

Policy Meeting: 'The challenges of the migration crisis for Europe: What European Policy?, Madrid, 3 December 2015

This event aims to analyse and discuss the policy responses provided at EU level when addressing the refugee crisis and the border tensionss developed in recent months in Europe. Representatives of the civil society, academics and Spanish authorities dealing with these issues aim to discuss the present and future role of the EU in these policies.

PhD Course on Interconnections of Finance and Security, 8th - 10th October 2015, Oslo


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