Crisis Group's EU Watch List: 10 Cases Where the EU can Build Peace in 2023

Brussels (in-person)

1 February 2023

14.00 - 16.30 CET

On 1 February 2023, Crisis Group will launch our EU Watch List 2023, the yearly publication identifying ten countries and regions at risk of conflict or escalation of violence, where a stronger engagement and early action driven or supported by the EU and its member states could help generate stronger prospects for peace and stability.

The Watch List 2023 includes a President’s Take on global trends, followed by detailed conflict analysis and EU-targeted recommendations on the ten following cases: Afghanistan, Armenia and Azerbaijan, Brazil’s Regional Role, Global Commodity Shocks, Gulf Regional Security, Iraq, Mozambique, Myanmar, Sudan, and Ukraine.

The briefing will start with a moderated high-level panel between the Secretary General of the European External Action Service Stefano Sannino and Crisis Group’s President and CEO Comfort Ero discussing ‘The Role of the EU as a Global Peace Actor’. A second panel will feature senior Crisis Group staff who will present Crisis Group’s Watch List 2023 in more detail, discussing regional trends in Europe, Africa and the Middle East that the EU should watch in 2023 and unpack some of the Watch List’s main recommendations for the EU. Both panels will be followed by a short Q&A exchange with the audience. 


14.00 - 14.15: Welcome remarks Peter Wagner, Head of Service, Foreign Policy Instruments, European Commission

Brice de Schietere, Head of Division, ISP, European External Action Service (TBC)

Elissa Jobson, Chief of Advocacy, Crisis Group
14.15 - 15.00: Session 1 - The Role of the EU as a Global Peace Actor With:
Stefano Sannino, Secretary General of the European External Action Service

Dr Comfort Ero, President and CEO, Crisis Group

Moderator: Matina Stevis-Gridneff, Chief of Brussels Bureau, New York Times
15.00 - 16.15: Session 2 - Zooming in on Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East With:
Olga Oliker, Eastern Europe and Central Asia Director, Crisis Group

Dina Estefandiary, Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director, Crisis Group

Murithi Mutiga, Africa Program Director, Crisis Group
EU Respondent TBC

Moderator: Elissa Jobson, Chief of Advocacy, Crisis Group
16.15 - 17.15: Networking Reception  

If you wish to register for this in-person event, or have any questions or concerns, please contact Lavinia Pletosu at [email protected].

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