Conflict studies

The department conflict studies develops a high-level expertise in the history of contemporary conflicts and the security and defence problems.

The research activities focus on

  • The historical analysis of the military conflicts since the First World War.
  • The integration of Belgium in international structures.
  • The military approaches to promoting security.
  • History and geopolitics of Central Africa.

Research pole

The pole conflict studies develops a high-level expertise in the history of contemporary conflicts and the security and defence problems.

The research activities focus on

  • The historical analysis of the military conflicts since the First World War.
  • The integration of Belgium in international structures.
  • The military approaches to promoting security.
  • History and geopolitics of Central Africa.

Research units

World politics

Poc: Col GS Éric Kalajzic

The research unit is conducting research in geopolitics and international relations.

Research interests further include:

  • Security and Defence Policies.
  • Theories of international relations.
  • Political geography.
  • International organizations for security and defence, but also development topics, operations and missions abroad, integrated approaches (UN, NATO, OSCE, AU, Arab League).
  • Geopolitical analysis of conflicts and areas where political frictions happened or will probably happen.
  • Negotiations before, during and after territorial or/and political disputes which could derive in open conflict or insurgency.
  • Contemporary security issues; terrorism, water scarcity, demography, migration, climate change, transnational crimes and all kind of international trafficking (human, weapon, drug etc).
  • Grand strategy, analysis of strategists’writings, counter-insurgency, cyber threat, conventional and unconventional warfare, nuclear deterrence, intelligence gathering, hybrid warfare.
  • Military capacities development.
  • International relations and geopolitics of the following regions or counties: Central Africa, Russian Federation, Balkans, North Africa, Sahel, Middle-East, Horn of Africa, South Africa, AFPAK, Caucasus, People Republic of China, India, Brazil.

History

Poc: LtCol GS Dr Kris Quanten

The research unit is conducting research in the domain of military history and international relations.

Research interests further include:

  • The analysis of contemporary military conflicts.
  • The analysis of military conflicts in historical perspective.
  • The analysis of the military operations during the First and Second World War.
  • The impact of military conflicts on international relations.
  • History of Air and Naval Warfare.
  • The historical background of the geopolitical situation in Central Africa, the Sahel and the Middle East.