Invitation to the seminar: Military capacity building: Risk-taking in Danish development aid?on December 12th. – Københavns Universitet

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10. december 2012

Invitation to the seminar: Military capacity building: Risk-taking in Danish development aid?on December 12th.

This seminar will focus on the inconsistencies that seem to be between the stated political ambitions about engaging Denmark in military capacity-building, and the actual political will to implement such projects. The latest example of this type of dilemma is the suspension of the Danish military capacity building project in Rwanda.


Programme:
09.00 - 09.15 Registration and coffee
09.15 – 09.30 Welcome: Introduction to the benefits and risks that Denmark faces in military capacity-building. Speaker: Dr. Thomas Mandrup, associated professor (RDDC)
09.30 – 10.30 Capacity building and Security in East Africa

  • Danish capacity building in East Africa. Speaker: Allan R. Jacobsen, Head of International Department, MOD.
  • Danish capacity building in East Africa - a military view. Commander sg. gr. Felix Ebbestad, (DCD)
  • Securitystructures in East Africa. Speaker: Commander Johannes Riber Nordby/ Dr. Katja Lindskov Jacobsen, project researcher, (DIIS)
  • What does Danish capacity building mean? Speaker: Major and PhD. Candidate Henrik Laugesen (RDDC/CAS)

10.30 – 10.50 Discussion. Dr. Lars Bangert Struwe, researcher (CMS)
10.50 – 11.00 Break - coffee
11.00 – 11.50 An EU perspective on military capacity building in the horn of Africa.

  • Speaker: Alex Rondos (EU special representative to the Horn of Africa), chair: Dr. Louise Andersen, postdoc (DIIS)


11.50 – 12.30 Lunch
12.30 – 13.15 Rwanda and implications for Danish capacity building

  • Rwanda’s involvement in regional security and its implications. Speaker: Dr. Danielle Beswick, lecturer (University of Birmingham).
  • Who is the ‘Rwandan soldier’? Speaker: PhD. Candidate Josefine Kühnel Larsen (CMS)
  • What is Denmark doing in Rwanda? Speaker: Lt. Colonel Henrik Vedel

13.15 – 13.30 Break - coffee
13.30 – 14.00 Discussion. Chair: Dr. Lars Bangert Struwe, researcher (CMS)
14.00 – 14.15 Summary/Closure. Speaker: Dr. Lars Bangert Struwe


Registration: Please send your registration to no later than Tuesday 11. December at 12.00 to Jon Kjellund jk@ifs.ku.dk at Centre for Military Studies.

Any questions about the seminar please contact:

Dr. Thomas Mandrup
Assistant Professor
Royal Danish Defence College
Institute of Strategy
Email: ifs-81@fak.dk
Cell: +45 2274 8390

PhD. student Josefine Kühnel Larsen
Centre for Military Studies
University of Copenhagen
Email: jkl@ifs.ku.dk
Phone: +45 3532 3345

Dr. Lars Bangert Struwe
Researcher
Centre for Military Studies
University of Copenhagen
Email. lbs@ifs.ku.dk
Cell: +45 2548 9220