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04: Confidence-building in the context of security and ethnic conflicts

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Next to human suffering, the destruction of confidence is one of the key consequences of ethnic conflict and war. At the same time, confidence and renewed solidarity are essential aspects of post-conflict reconstruction and conflict prevention. The renewal of confidence does not only involve the reconciliation of different groups, but the reconstruction of confidence more broadly in society, which is often severely impaired through conflict. The seminar will focus on different forms of confidence-building after civil conflict. While debates often focus on institutions and tools of democracy and governance in post-conflict settings, the underpinning forms of social cohesion, solidarity and confidence are often not well understood.
In the context of confidence building, the discussions during the seminar will center on three aspects: mediation, reconciliation and consensus building.
These aspects are best understood not just as being group-centered, i.e. as focusing on relations between groups, but rather one needs to look at society more broadly to allow for a reduction of ‘groupness’ and the emergence of alternate forms of solidarity and societal confidence.

Speakers

Excecutive Director, The Humanitarian Law Center, Belgrade
Lecturer in East European Politics, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent, Canterbury Chair
Research Fellow, European Union Institute for Security Studies, Paris Chair

Natasa KANDIC

Excecutive Director, The Humanitarian Law Center, Belgrade

 Natasa Kandic is the Founder and Executive Director of the Humanitarian Law Center, a Belgrade-based human rights NGO. Tirelessly campaigning for truth and justice for victims, she leads the Humanitarian Law Center in its mission to assist post-Yugoslav societies to re-establish the rule of law and come to terms with the legacy of massive and systematic violations of human rights. She advocates a regional approach to transitional justice and the official establishment of a regional commission to investigate and disclose the facts about war crimes in the former Yugoslavia

Mag. MA Ph.D. Florian BIEBER

Lecturer in East European Politics, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent, Canterbury

1998-1999 Assistant for International Affairs, Rector s Office, Central European University, Budapest
1999-2000 Instructor, International Relations and European Studies Department, Central European University, Budapest
2001-2002 Regional Representative, European Center for Minority Issues, Belgrade (2001/2002); Sarajevo (2001)
2002-2006 Project Advisor, European Center for Minority Issues, Belgrade
since 2002 Senior Non-Resident Research Associate, European Center for Minority Issues, Belgrade
2002 Visiting Professor, Central European University, Nationalism Studies, Budapest
2005-2008 Visiting Professor, Interdisciplinary Master in East European Researches and Studies, University of Bologna, Forli
since 2006 Lecturer in East European Politics, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent, Canterbury
2009 Luigi Einaudi Chair in European and International Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca (1-5/2009)

MA Ph.D. Luis PERAL

Research Fellow, European Union Institute for Security Studies, Paris

 Ph.D. in Law, MA in Law of the European Union, MA in Law, BA in Political Sciences, with specialisation in International Relations
 Diploma in English Law, University of Kent, Canterbury
1992-2004 Lecturer in International Law, Law Faculty, University Carlos III of Madrid
2004-2006 Senior Fellow at FRIDE (Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior), Madrid
2004-2008 Ramon y Cajal Researcher, Ministry of the Presidency of the Spanish Government, Madrid
2006-2008 Director of the Conflict Prevention and Resolution Programme at the Toledo International Centre for Peace, CITpax, Madrid
 Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan Law School, Lecturer at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (Sanremo, Italy), Lecturer at the European Masters Course on Democratisation and Human Rights of the European Inter-University Centre (Venice)
 His research and publications, particularly, Éxodos masivos, supervivencia y mantenimiento de la paz (Trotta, 2001), are focused on International Refugee Law, Humanitarian Law, European Human Rights Law, and Peacekeeping
since 2008 Research Fellow, European Union Institute for Security Studies, Paris

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