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Professor Dr. Sven Biscop (Director of Europe in the World Programme at Egmont Institute in Brussels, Professor of Ghent University) was invited to come speak about his latest book titled “European Strategy in the 21st Century: New Future for Old Power.” Belgian Ambassador to Luxembourg Dr. Jean-Louis Six opened the lecture. One of the most prolific and leading analysts on Europe’s security and defence, Prof. Biscop made the case for the European Union to take on the role as a great power because the EU has the means to pursue a distinctive great power strategy. He covered a wide range of topics that matter to European security environment and security interests. First, Prof. Biscop presented the 2016 European Union Global Strategy. This Strategy has defined the EU’s vital interests and laid out specific priorities to be pursued. Prof. Biscop then went on to suggest how the EU should approach its relation with the United States under Donald Trump, with China and Russia, and its neighbours to the east and south. He argued that Europe, through the EU, should act as a great power in the Twenty-First century, and can play a crucial stabilizing role in this increasingly unstable world. The lecture concluded with a lively Question & Answer session.

 

Professor Dr. Sven Biscop: Biography

Professor Biscop obtained his degree in Political Science at Ghent University (Belgium) in 1998, winning the best thesis award for his work on European defence. Subsequently awarded the Paul-Henri Spaak PhD scholarship of the Fund for Scientific Research – Flanders, he defended his dissertation in Ghent in 2002, published as Euro-Mediterranean Security: A Search for Partnership (Ashgate, 2003).

Currently Sven is the Director of the Europe in the World Programme at the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels, which he joined in 2002, and a Professor at the Ghent Institute for International Studies (GIIS) at Ghent University. His research and teaching focus on the strategies of the European Union, NATO and their Member States.

In 2015, on the occasion of its 10th anniversary, Sven was made an Honorary Fellow of the EU’s European Security and Defence College (ESDC). He regularly lectures in its courses, as well as in various European and American staff colleges, and at the People’s University of China in Beijing, where he is a Senior Research Associate of the Centre for European Studies. Sven also is an Honorary Member of the ESDC Alumni Association and a Senior Associate Fellow of the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy and of the Baltic Defence College.

Sven chairs the jury of the annual Global Strategy PhD Prize awarded by Egmont, the ESDC, and the EU Institute for Security Studies. He represents Egmont in the Higher Studies in Security and Defence, a course for security practitioners organized with the Belgian Royal Higher Institute for Defence.

With Richard Whitman, Sven co-edits the European Strategy & Security book series for Routledge; and with Knud Erik Jorgensen he co-edits Global Affairs, the journal of the European International Studies Association (EISA). He is the editor-in-chief of Egmont’s journal Studia Diplomatica and its Egmont Papers, and a member of the editorial board of the journals European Security (UK) and The International Organisations Research Journal (Russia).

In 2017 he was awarded the order of merit of the Republic of Austria (Grosses Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste).

Born in Willebroek (Belgium) on 10 February 1976, Sven now lives in Brussels with his husband Aberu, amid a great many books, military paraphernalia, and chinoiseries. Unfortunately, they travel too often to keep a cat.

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