Rt Hon Lord David Howell, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Mark Webber, Head of the School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham
Brian Brivati, Director, John Smith Memorial Trust
Keynote Address / The Birmingham Conflict and Security Studies Lecture
Out of the freezer: time for new approaches to conflict settlement in the post-Soviet region
Walter Kemp, Director, Europe and Central Asia, International Peace Institute
Panel 1: Post-Soviet Conflicts 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union: where do we stand?
Alan Parfitt, Eastern Research Group, FCO
The South Caucasus: a new freeze?
Nina Caspersen (University of Lancaster)
Beyond the Chechen Independence Struggle: Evaluating the Regional Insurgency in the North Caucasus
Cerwyn Moore (University of Birmingham)
From Confidence Building to Conflict Settlement in Moldova?
Claus Neukirch (OSCE Mission to Moldova)
Panel 2: Local and regional dynamics of conflict resolution
Josephine Gauld, Head of South Caucasus Section, Eastern Europe & Central Asia Directorate, FCO
The Paradox of Autonomy: Explaining the Linkage between Democratisation and War in the Post-Soviet States
James Hughes (London School of Economics)
The ‘Frozen Conflicts’ in the Eastern Partnership: Russia versus EU or prospect of cooperation?
Bogdana Depo (EXACT Marie Curie Fellow)
Why Secession is not a Viable Tool for Conflict-Resolution: The Case of Georgia
Nino Kemoklidze (NUPI and University of Birmingham)
Panel 3: Limits and prospects of international mediation: ways forward
Peter Bateman, Her Majesty’s Ambassador-designate to the Republic of Azerbaijan
Civil society and elites: (Mis)matching perspectives on conflict resolution in Nagorno Karabakh
Licinia Simao (University of Coimbra)
New Approaches to Mediation: Managing the Russian Factor
Dennis Sammut (Links-London)
The international community and Eurasia’s de facto states
Nonna Gorilovskaya (University of Edinburgh)
Panel 4: Opportunities for pan-European security cooperation and conflict resolution in Europe
Laurie Bristow, Director, Eastern Europe & Central Asia Directorate, FCO
The EU and conflict resolution in the post-Soviet space
Sabine Fischer (EU Institute for Security Studies)
Protracted conflicts in the context of evolving Russian-Western relations in Eurasia
Oksana Antonenko (International Institute for Strategic Studies, London)
Frozen conflicts, frozen Europe? Russian approaches to European security governance
Derek Averre (University of Birmingham) & Oscar Pardo (University of Birmingham)
Stefan Wolff, University of Birmingham
Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Thursday, 9 June 2011
CEELBAS, a partnership of UCL, Oxford University and Birmingham University, will be also supporting the conference
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
One of the consequences of the collapse and break-up of the Soviet Union was that numerous, predominantly ethno-national and territorial conflicts erupted in (and between) the successor states. Twenty years on, few, if any, of these conflicts have moved any closer to a sustainable solution. The purpose of the workshop is to organise a one-day event to take stock of the current state of affairs of these post-Soviet conflicts. It will analyse the current developments on post-conflict resolution in the former Soviet Republics 20 years on from the collapse of the USSR. The workshop will also focus on the opportunities for conflict settlement and the prospects for conflict resolution in the framework of EU-Russia engagement on a new European security architecture.
The aims of the workshop are the following:
- To further knowledge and understanding of the current situation of the post-Soviet conflicts in terms of a) status of conflict-resolution b) EU capacity and involvement c) Prospects for conflict resolution, especially with a view to the role the EU.
- To provide a theoretical and methodological perspective on how to analyse conflict resolution in the post-Soviet space within the current international order.
- To enable further collaborative projects between participants and their institutions with the potential of attracting additional external funding for research and knowledge transfer activities.