16 May 2009, Prince Albert Club, Brussels. Organised in cooperation with International Crisis Group.
The seminar discussed the current situations in Guinea and Guinea-Bissau, their impact on the wider region and possible avenues of assistance available to the international community and the European Union. In Guinea-Bissau the early March assassinations of the president and military chief and the violent campaigns for the late June presidential election have highlighted the country’s critical situation, and thrown the spotlight on the EU’s extended ESDP mission, making continued attention all the more important. Similarly, with presidential and legislative elections at the end of the year tentatively set to restore civilian rule, it is too soon for Guinea to slip down the international agenda. Immediately following the EU-ECOWAS troika meeting the discussions will be of particular relevance to European policy makers and officials from the region.