16 May 2013 @ Skopje, Macedonia
Institutional designs combining territorial self-governance, a proportional electoral system for the legislature and a parliamentary form of government decrease the risk of violent conflict in divided societies compared to all other possible combinations of different structures in democratic states.
30 Apr 2013 @ London
International Alert’s Conflict Ideas Forum explores the changing nature of Gulf engagement in Middle East and North African states over the course of the Arab Spring. My contribution in the opening session focuses on the challenges of transitions, drawing comparatively on experiences from the past two decades.
8 Mar 2013 @ The Hague
Given the persistence of minority-majority tensions and conflict across the OSCE area and beyond, the institution of the HCNM, in my view, remains as highly relevant today as twenty years ago and there are three specific areas in which it has a future role to play: monitoring, preventive quiet diplomacy, and policy transfer.
7 Nov 2012 @ Ljubljana
One of the fundamental ideas underlying the notion of conflict prevention in diverse societies is that different population segments can resolve any differences by recourse to institutional processes rather than violence. For such institutional processes to be effective, a viable and resilient state is required whose fundamental constitutional principles are broadly accepted and respected across all segments of societies.
15 Jul 2012 @ Flensburg
In my contribution to this international conference to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities I emphasised that, given the persistence of minority-majority tensions and conflict across the OSCE area and beyond, the institution of the HCNM remains as relevant today as twenty years ago, and I examined three specific areas in which the HCNM has a future role to play: monitoring, preventive quiet diplomacy, and policy transfer.
11 May 2012 @ Oxford
On 11 May 2012, the European Studies Centre, based at St Antony’s College, Oxford, hosted a one-day conference discussing Russia’s and the EU’s involvement in conflicts and conflict resolution in the post-Soviet space from Moldova to the South Caucasus and Central Asia.
10 May 2012 @ Berlin
My paper at this workshop examines the different options for a sustainable settlement of the Transnistria conflict and the domestic and international guarantees it will require.
3 May 2012 @ Brussels
This paper explores EU conflict management in the case of two separatist conflicts that have plagued Georgia and Georgian-Russian relations for most of the post-Soviet period, thus offering a case study on the dangers associated with unrecognised statehood left poorly managed in a region of significant geostrategic importance.
14 Mar 2012 @ Chatham House
Speaking at the second session of this roundtable discussion, my contribution focuses on the parameters...