Ukraine: A New Narrative for Peace
Education & Development

Wed. June 5, 6:30PM

Ukraine: A New Narrative for Peace

Why is peace elusive in Ukraine? Join Prof. Tom Sauer for an in-depth exploration and call to action.

Dive into the complexities of the Ukraine conflict with Prof. Tom Sauer, a distinguished expert in international security. This session will challenge the prevailing narratives and explore the historical triggers, current realities, and future possibilities of this war. Through a critical examination of Western policies and Russian strategies, Prof. Sauer will offer insights into diplomatic failures and the urgent need for effective peacemaking. Don’t miss this opportunity to understand the geopolitical dynamics that could shape Europe’s future.

The conference will be followed by a book signing of 'De Strijd voor Vrede' by Tom Sauer,  a sale organised by the UOPC bookshop.


Tom Sauer

Tom Sauer received his PhD in Social Sciences (Political Sciences) at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), and is Professor in International Politics at the Universiteit Antwerpen. He was also associated with the John F.Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (USA)(1997-1999) as a research fellow thanks to a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. Sauer’s research domain is international security (incl. the war in Ukraine) and more in particular the proliferation, arms control and disarmament of nuclear weapons. He published ten (mostly English-speaking) monographies and edited volumes and dozens of academic journal articles. His most recent Dutch-speaking book is titled De Strijd voor Vrede. En Hoe we die Kunnen Winnen (Polis, 2017; third edition has recently been published by Pelckmans in 2024). Tom Sauer wrote more than 250 op-eds in newspapers and magazines (De Standaard, De Morgen, De Tijd, deredactie, Knack online,…) and is regularly on the radio and TV. Tom Sauer was appointed Ambassador for Peace by Pax Christi Vlaanderen in 2009, and was awarded the Rotary International Alumni Global Service Award in 2019; at the award ceremony in Hamburg he spoke to 10,000 Rotarians about nuclear disarmament.
Wed. June 5, 6:30PM
Wed. June 5, 9:00PM
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Place Poelaert, 6
1000 Brussels
Parking Poelaert, Place Poelaert 1000 Brussels

Detailed program

Wed. June 5, 6:30PM
Start of Presentation
Wed. June 5, 7:00PM
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Wed. June 5, 9:00PM