"L'Arabie saoudite veut-elle transformer le Qatar en île ?" (in French)
("Does Saudi Arabia want to transform Qatar into an island?")
On 20 and 21 April, the auditors of the High Studies for Security and Defence met at the 8th seminary of the 2017-2018 session, the theme of which was the crisis zone in the Middle East. This seminary addressed the Iran-Saudi Arabia antagonism, the future of Christians and other religious minorities in the region, the Turkish foreign policy, the Kurdish issue, Europe’s responsibility in the Israel-Palestine conflict, the contrast between Islam in Europe and in the traditional Muslim countries, and finally Belgium’s military engagement in the region. On Friday evening the auditors were hosted for dinner by the Chief of Defence, who reserved a personal and warm welcome for them.
Relatives of road accident victims are often left to deal with questions about the cause of an accident. Dominique Lousberg’s family and partner are now undergoing this experience. The 22-year-old model lost her life on the A73 motorway in 2017 when a wrong-way driver caused a head-on collision. Her family still does not know how the accident could happen. On Friday 13 April Major PhD Erik De Soir, STRD domain manager Human Factors & Medicine of the RHID, and Kenneth Claes, Dominique’s partner, visited the site of the accident in Roermond (Netherlands), in the presence of some De Telegraaf (Dutch newspaper) reporters: Link (in Dutch)
Exhibition "100 jaar militaire fotografie en cinematografie" ("100 years of military photography and cinematography"). With the cooperation of Malek Azoug, photographer to the Belgian Ministry of Defence and Royal Higher Institute for Defence: Link
Major PhD Erik De Soir, STRD domain manager Human Factors & Medicine, with Major General Pierre Neirinckx (Medical Component Commander), Prof. PhD (medical major) Nathalie Pattyn and Major PhD Salvatore Lo Bue (head Chair Psychology, Department of Behavioural Sciences, RMA) at the NATO Panel Business Meeting of the NATO STO Human Factors & Medicine Panel. Opening speech by Prof. PhD Yanislav Yanakiev: Link
Testimonies from Michael Goolaerts’ team-mates: "It’s a relief that we could talk to the trauma psychologist". Major Erik De Soir, domain manager Human Factors & Medicine at the Department of Scientific and Technological Research of Defence provided psychological support for Wout Van Aert’s cycling team (Crelan).
http://m.video.sporza.be/cm/sporza.mobile.video/1.3177796#MichaelGoolaerts (in Dutch)
Congress: "Treinramp in Wetteren. Waar staan we, vijf jaar later?" ("Train crash in Wetteren. Where are we now, five years later?")
on 4 May 2018 in Wetteren (East Flanders).
With Major Erik De Soir, domain manager Human Factors & Medicine at the Department of Scientific and Technological Research of Defence.
More information (in Dutch)
Spring symposium of the Flemish Hypnosis Society on 25 May 2018 with Major Erik De Soir, domain manager Human Factors & Medicine at the Department of Scientific and Technological Research of Defence.
LIREC No 56 March 2018: "Le modèle crash comme outil pour le triage psychologique des interventions psychosociales" (The CRASH model as a tool for the psychological sorting in psychosocial interventions) by Major Erik De Soir, domain manager Human Factors & Medicine Research at the Department Scientific and Technological Research of Defence.
https://inhesj.fr/sites/default/files/inhesj_files/telechargements/lirec_56.pdf (in French)
On 26 March 2018, the auditors of the High Studies for Security and Defence were welcomed in the morning by the Belgian Immigration Office (Office des étrangers), which presented its work method on the basis of the concrete case of the Sudanese people in the Parc Maximilien, its challenges as well as its tools for research and follow-up of asylum seekers in Europe. In the afternoon they were hosted by SECURITAS which, after having offered them a lunch in its premises, presented its organisation, its technological and human means, the public-private cooperation projects, as well as the legal framework for their action.
On 6 March 2018, the auditors of the High Studies for Security and Defence had the opportunity to visit in the morning the Belgian Federal Police premises in order to attend presentations on how the Belgian federal and local police forces work. In the afternoon, after a briefing followed by the presentation of Special Units equipment in Etterbeek (Brussels), the police organised for them several practical demonstrations: law enforcement practices, work with police dogs, or also response to a gunfire in the middle of the street. The auditors enjoyed a great deal of this mix of theory and practice; when leaving the police premises, they showed extremely delighted by the visit they participated in.
Today we remember the victims of the attacks of 22 March 2016. Our thoughts are with their relatives.
Major Erik De Soir, domain manager Human Factors & Medicine at the Department of Scientific and Technological Research of Defence:
Hebben we als maatschappij de aanslagen van 22 maart verwerkt? (in Dutch)
Interview recently published with Didier Leroy, researcher at the Centre for Security and Defence Studies:
« Au Liban, le Hezbollah reste un Etat dans l’Etat », Libération, 30/01/2018, http://www.liberation.fr/planete/2018/01/30/au-liban-le-hezbollah-reste-un-etat-dans-l-etat_1626291.
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