About the 4th EU-Africa 2014 Summit

“The Africa-EU Strategic Partnership is the formal channel through which the European Union and the African Union work together. It is based on the Joint Africa-Europe Strategy adopted by Heads of State and Government at the second EU-Africa Summit in 2007. The current Action Plan (for 2011-2013) sets out concrete targets within eight areas of cooperation agreed at the third EU-Africa Summit, in 2010.”(

Formal dialogue in support of the partnership occurs through a number of channels including the twice annual meeting of the Joint Expert Groups. These groups bring together experts from member states, institutions and civil society organizations to engage in policy dialogue in 8 areas of cooperation: peace and security; democratic governance and human rights; regional integration, trade and investment; Millennium Development Goals; energy; climate change and the environment; migration, mobility and employment; and, science, info society and space.

The BSIA Simulation Exercise:
Our simulation models a meeting of the Joint Expert Groups.

We invite universities with master’s level graduate programs in public policy, international relations, global governance or related area to nominate a team of 3 to 4 students and a faculty coach. Selected teams will represent various expert groups and will receive a package of briefing materials in advance to prepare for the event. Over the course of our two day event, the Joint Expert Groups will develop and present policy proposals suitable for consideration at the EU-Africa summit level.

The upcoming 4th EU-Africa Summit in Brussels in April 2014 provides real world context for our event and the many areas of cooperation ensure that a diverse set of student and faculty interests are represented. Participants are encouraged to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to policy-making and will develop a deeper understanding of the complex economic, institutional and governance structures in which real world policy-making takes place.

The event will be held April 24-25, 2014 at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada (

Limited financial support for travel will be available for outside participants. The deadline for applications is January 17, 2014. Successful teams will be notified by February 7, 2014.

Interested in nominating a team?
Graduate program directors overseeing programs in public policy, international relations, global governance or a related area are invited to nominate a team of 3 to 4 master’s level students and a faculty coach. Submissions should include:

  • the names of the team members and the faculty coach and a brief summary or CV for each team member, outlining academic program, skills, and research interests; and
  • a rank ordered list of the team’s top three choices for which Joint Experts Group/area of cooperation to represent.
  • Questions?

Questions and nominations should be sent electronically to Dr. Tracy Snoddon ([email protected]), Director of the Master of International Public Policy Program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

The event is sponsored by the BSIA, the Viessmann European Research Centre, the International Migration Research Centre (IMRC), and the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS).


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