The European Peace and Security Studies (EPSS) certificate program is a fall-only, semester-long program that provides in-depth and unique insights into the changing nature and fundamental challenges of contemporary security issues from a distinctly Brussels perspective.

By pooling the combined expertise and resources of four leading educational institutions in Brussels—Vesalius College, the Conflict Studies Department of the Belgian Royal Military Academy, the Institute of European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel as well as the University of Kent’s Brussels campus—students are taught by prominent specialists in the field of civilian and military security issues in both theory and practice.

The course emphasizes theoretical and practical analysis of the comprehensive, civil-military nature of contemporary conflict and crisis management from a NATO and European Union (EU) perspective. Students focus on the history, institutional procedures, policies and interrelations of NATO and the EU as well as their interaction with a wide range of civilian and military partners.

The program includes a high-profile guest lecture series and symposium provided by academic experts and leading practitioners from the EU, NATO, the United Nations and related security organizations.

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