Rethinking the Role of Regions in Security and Development: Regional Responses to Conflicts – the EU in Comparison (Working Group “Conflicts, Security and Development”)

Since 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have re-framed development in terms of ‘transformation’. Specifically, SDG # 16 aims to ‘to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.’ Nevertheless, the level of regions remains a missing link: a major incoherence stems from the fact that the role of regions is not even mentioned here. Neither were they invited to formally participate in the Post-2015 development debates organized by the United Nations (UN).

This Working Group session will bring scholars together into discussion on the role of regions – such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC), The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), or the Andean Community of Nations (CAN), as well as the EU – in security and transformative development. Specifically, it will provide comparative analysis of regional strategies towards security and development with the aim of producing a special issue or a comparative book.

Both empirical and theoretical papers are welcome, particularly those looking into security and development from a policy coherence point of view.


Prof. Harlan Koff, University of Luxembourg
Prof. Lauri Siitonen, University of Helsinki