Welcome Letter to EU Leaders

BIC President, Ambassador Marc Otte, welcomes new EU leaders with words of advice on three key issues that will shape an audacious agenda for a stronger and smarter Global Europe, and ensure that the EU demonstrates true leadership in an unpredictable geopolitical arena with emerging actors and new challenges.



Dear EU Leaders,


Sudan: Relating Identity Politics and Cyclical Violence

At A Glance:

Following months of protests since al-Bashir’s removal from power, there has been some semblance of hope in Sudan following the signing of a power-sharing agreement in July 2019 between the leaders of the pro-democracy movement and the transitional military council, the latter running the country in the absence of a new President. However, a key missing element of the agreement was how to account for the violence that marred the protest period.

Iran and Climate Refugees: an Alarming Situation

For past decades Iran has been suffering from an environmental crisis as a result of inefficient water and natural resources management and lack of enforcement of existing environmental regulations. This has led to constant drought-related water shortages and flooding throughout the country. The Iranian authorities, on their side, are blaming climate change and instrumentalizing their international sanctions as a justification for this crisis.


The EU’s Baseline Study on CSDP missions and operations: mainstreaming Human Rights and Gender Perspectives

“Spreading good governance, supporting social and political reform, dealing with corruption and abuse of power, establishing the rule of law and protecting human rights are the best means of strengthening the international order.”[1] Taken from the European Security Strategy Framework, this quote clearly illustrates the aims and priorities of the EU in its peacekeeping missions and operations, but when it comes to translating this policy into actions, there are gaps that need to be fille

Rethinking the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the DRC: a Need for Restructuring

The UN Security Council’s decision to reduce the authorized troop for its Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) came as no surprise. Following strong pressure from the White House to downsize its regular budget on peacekeeping operations, the UN saw no other alternative but to meet the US demands. This fact however might display an opportunity for the UN to reconsider its current peacekeeping framework in the DRC towards a more protection-oriented force.