Image: Jaïr van der Lijn and Xenia Avezov (left) at the final regional dialogue meeting of the New Geopolitics of Peace Operations initiative in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
Earlier this month Dr Jair van der Lijn and Xenia Avezov of SIPRI's Armed Conflict and Conflict Management Programme delivered the final two regional dialogue meetings of the New Geopolitics of Peace Operations initiative in Brussels and Hanoi.
The New Geopolitics of Peace Operations initiative is a SIPRI project in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES). The two meetings brought together a range of leading experts, government officials and representatives of international organizations to discuss the future of peace operations.
In Brussels the focus was on the role that North America and Europe will play in the global peacekeeping landscape. In Hanoi, in addition to the last regional dialogue that focused on the future role of South East Asian countries, a national seminar with Vietnamese participants was held.
In addition to FES, both Hanoi meetings were organized in partnership with the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Hanoi (VNU USSH).