QCEA PEACE PROGRAMME
Quiet Diplomacy Thematic Events
Thematic events take place in response to relevant EU policy discussions on peace and security. Events so far include:
The European Union Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy (EUGS)
This event bridged faith based organizations working at the EU level on peace and security issues. It addressed new civilian structures in the EU, namely the European External Action Service (EEAS), and the implementation of the EUGS 'integrated approach,' and resilience.
Train and Equip (or Capacity Building for Security and Defense (CBSD))
This event bridged faith-based, development, humanitarian, peacebuilding, and human rights organizations and actors working in Brussels. It provided a space for civil society organizations to exchange on the concerns and advocacy activities around this initiative being discussed at the European Parliament.
Quiet Diplomacy Geographic Events
Geographic events take place when opportunities arise, to showcase field-based alternative approaches to security. Events so far include:
This event bridged faith-based organizations working on peace and security in Brussels and enabled organizations to discuss the human rights and security situation of Crimean Tatars in Crimea.
International Responses to North Korea's Nuclear Threat - what alternatives to sanctions?
This event bridged the EU, Member States, civil society, and faith-based organizations and provided alternative perspectives on addressing the situation in North Korea.
Events bridging culture and politics
Events bridging culture and politics are open to the public. Events so far include:
Film Projection and Debate on the Impact of the Global Arms Trade: Shadow World, by Johan Gimonprez
QCEA organized, in partnership with the European Network Against Arms Trade (ENAAT), a film projection followed by a debate on 22 March 2017 at the Cinema Galleries. The film addressed the disturbing realities of the global arms trade – and how the international trade in weapons – with the complicity of governments and weapons manufacturers – fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies and undermines democracy. Following the film screening, Andrew Feinstein, author of the book Shadow World, and Laetitia Sédou, EU Programme Officer at ENAAT, provided presentations and answered questions from the audience. Two Members of the European Parliament, Arne Lietz from the Social Democrats and Bodil Valero from the Greens, intervened to share experiences working on this issue at the European political level. Four civil society representatives also provided the audience with a brief overview of the non-military initiatives organized to prevent and resolve conflicts and contravene the global arms trade.