Faculty/Guest Speakers

Speaker_GeoffreyNice_370x370Sir Geoffrey Nice QC has practised as a barrister since 1971.  He worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia – the ICTY – between 1998 and 2006 and led the prosecution of Slobodan Milošević, former President of Serbia.   Much of his work since has been connected to cases before the permanent International Criminal Court – Sudan, Kenya, Libya – or pro bono for victims groups – Iran, Burma, North Korea – whose cases cannot get to any international court.  He works for several related NGO’s and lectures and commentates in the media in various countries on international war crimes issues.  He has been a part-time judge since 1984 sitting at the Old Bailey and has sat as judge in other jurisdictions, tribunals and inquiries.  Between 2009 and 2012 he was Vice-Chair of the Bar Standards Board, the body that regulates barristers.

The six free public law lectures for 2013/14 Sir Geoffrey delivered as Gresham Professor of Law included four lectures on how legal process can fail the citizen in armed conflict, one explaining advocacy work in courts, and a final lecture covering recent legal changes.

The first five of his 2012-13 lectures dealt with issues arising from the work of international criminal courts and tribunals.  The sixth contrasted the practice of law in international criminal courts where there is little or no effective regulation of lawyers and judges with the present working practices of the English Bar.

He was appointed Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Kent, 2005; and knighted in 2007 for services to International Criminal Justice.

20110916_Fall ScholarsDr. Elton Skendaj is a lecturer in the department of political science at the University of Miami. His research focuses on how international and local actors can sustain peace and democracy in post-war societies. His book, Creating Kosovo: International Oversight and the making of Ethical Institutions (Cornell University Press and Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2014) examines the role of international actors in building effective state bureaucracies and democratic institutions in post-war Kosovo. In addition to several book chapters, his articles are published or forthcoming in Global Governance and Problems of Postcommunism. Dr. Skendaj is also conducting research on Corruption and Anti-corruption reform in the Western Balkans, a project funded by the Norwegian Research Council. He has also worked professionally with international organizations and civil society organizations in Europe and the US. Skendaj holds a Ph.D. in government from Cornell University, and has had research fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for scholars and the University of Notre Dame.


RESEARCH INTERESTS

International Relations, Comparative Politics, International Organizations, Democratization, Peace Studies


COURSES TAUGHT

POL 203 Introduction to International Relations
POL 202 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POL 391/597 International Organizations
POL 391/597 Topics in International Relations: Ending War & Building Peace

WilliamDr. William Mulligan is a senior lecturer in modern history at University College Dublin, Center for War Studies. He holds a Ph D from the University of Cambridge and he has also taught at the University of Glasgow. He has held visiting fellowships at the Institutes of Advanced Study in Princeton and Berlin. His main area of research is international history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His most recent publications include The Origins of the First World War (Cambridge UP, 2010) and The Great War for Peace (Yale UP, 2014).’

 

 

 

Associations

Association: International Studies Association, Function/Role: member

Association: German History Society, Function/Role: Member

Association: International Society for First World War Studies, Function/Role: Member

Books

Mulligan, W. (2014) The Great War for Peace. : Yale University Press. [Details]

William Mulligan; (2010) The origins of the First World War. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. [Details]

William Mulligan; (2005) The creation of the modern German army. General Walther Reinhardt and the Weimar Republic, 1914-1930. New York/Oxford: Berghahn. [Details]

Book Chapters

William Mulligan (2014) ‘Restraints on preventive war before 1914′ In: Jack Levy, John Vasquez (eds). The outbreak of the First World War. Structure, politics and decision-making. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. , pp.115-138 [Details]

William Mulligan (2012) ‘Prophecies and prospects of war’ In: Peter Dennis, Jeffrey Grey (eds). Preliminary moves. 1911. Canberra: Big Sky Publishing. , pp.1-19 [Details]

William Mulligan (2012) ‘Forging a better world. Socialists and international politics in the early twentieth century’ In: Paul Rouse, Paul Daly, Ronan O’Brien (eds). Making the difference? The Irish Labour Party 1912-2012. Cork: The Collins Press. , pp.54-66 [Details]

William Mulligan; (2011) ‘British anti-slave trade and anti-slavery policy in East Africa, Arabia, and Turkey in the late 19th century’ In: Brendan Simms, David Trim (eds). Humanitarian Intervention. A History. Cambridge: CUP. , pp.257-280[Details]

William Mulligan; (2010) ‘Introduction; Gladstone and the Primacy of Foreign Policy; Conclusion’ In: William Mulligan; (eds). The Primacy of Foreign Policy in Modern British History, 1660-2000. Basingstoke: Palgrave. [Details]

Edited Books

William Mulligan, Maurice Bric (Ed.). (2013) A global history of anti-slavery politics in the nineteenth century. Basingstoke: Palgrave.   [Details]

William Mulligan, Brendan Simms (Ed.). (2010) The Primacy of Foreign Policy in British History, 1660-2000. How strategic concerns shaped modern Britain. Basingstoke: Palgrave. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

William Mulligan (2014) ‘The trial continues: new directions in the study of the origins of the First World War’. English Historical Review, 139 (538):639-666. [Details]

Mulligan, W; (2011) ‘Britain, the ‘German revolution’, and the fall of France, 1870/1′. Historical Research, 84 :310-327.[DOI] [Details]

William Mulligan; (2009) ‘The Fugitive Slave Circulars, 1875-76′. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 37 (2):183-205. [Details]

William Mulligan; (2008) ‘Weimar and the wars of Liberation: German and French officers and the politics of history’.European History Quarterly, 38 (2):266-293. [Details]

William Mulligan; (2008) ‘Total War: Review Article’. War in History, 15 (2):211-221. [Details]

Conference Contributions

William Mulligan (2014) Long war, short war, catastrophic war. [Invited Lecture], Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Seminar Series, Freiburg , 15-MAY-14 – 15-MAY-14.

William Mulligan (2014) The importance of being European: changing norms in international politics during the long First World War. [Invited Lecture], EURIAS Conference, Helsinki , 25-APR-14 – 26-APR-14.

William Mulligan (2014) The restraints on preventive war before 1914: the role of the public sphere. [Invited Lecture],Universite de Montreal, Seminar Series, Montreal , 01-APR-14 – 01-APR-14.

William Mulligan (2013) Power and international politics before 1914. [Invited Lecture], Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Seminar Series, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin , 19-NOV-13 – 19-NOV-13.

William Mulligan (2013) Changing conceptions of peace during the First World War. [Invited Lecture], Studienkolleg zu Berlin Seminar Series, Studienkolleg zu Berlin , 05-NOV-13 – 05-NOV-13.

Education

Year 1998 Institution: University of Cambridge

Qualification: MPhil Subject:

Year 1997 Institution: University College Dublin

Qualification: BA(International) Subject:

Year 2001 Institution: University of Cambridge

Qualification: PhD Subject:

nena TrompDr. Nevenka Tromp – Executive Director at GNF on Law, History, Politics and Society in the Context of Mass Atrocities, The Hague, Netherlands; Lecturer at the European Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

Dr. Nevenka (Nena) Tromp studied Political Science at the University of Zagreb and Russian Studies at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. She has been working in the Department of European Studies at the University of Amsterdam since 1992. Between 1998 and 2002, she participated in the investigation into events in Srebrenica that was conducted by the Dutch Institute for War Documentation (NIOD) and commissioned by the Dutch Government. From 2000 to 2012, she worked as a Researcher on the Leadership Research Team in the Office of Prosecutor (OTP) at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), where she was principle researcher on history and politics in the trial of Slobodan Milošević. Her primary focus was to uncover and clarify the plan undertaken by Serbian leadership and criminality related to its implementation, as charged by the OTP. She also worked on other key cases, most notably that of Radovan Karadžić. Tromp received her PhD from the University of Amsterdam’s Centre for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in spring 2015. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Geoffrey Nice Foundation on Law, History, Politics, and Society in the Context of Mass Atrocities, which supports and provides cross-national educational opportunities for students, researchers, and academics in the field of International Criminal Justice. Nena Tromp is member of the Editorial Board UN Forum.

ValonDr. Valon MURTEZAJ – IÉSEG School of Management, France and Deputy Foreign Minister of Republic of Kosovo.

Dr. Valon MURTEZAJ is an international professor. Dr. Murtezaj’s teaching specialties include: International Negotiation and Diplomacy, Applied Conflict Management Theory; Organizational Behaviour, Leadership and Management. Dr. Murtezaj has presented in many conferences in Europe and USA. For more than a decade Dr. Murtezaj has worked as senior expert in different capacities for many international projects and government of Kosovo. He has a multidisciplinary education and work experience. Dr. Murtezaj is originally from Kosovo, and actually lives between Paris and Prishtina, being a permanent faculty in prestigious IESEG School of Management, Paris, and Deputy Foreign Ministeri of Republic of Kosovo. Priory to this position, Dr. Murtezaj was Political Adviser for Foreign Affairs to Prime Minister of Republic of Kosovo.

Remizje IstrefiProf. Dr. Remzije Istrefi

Prof. Dr. Remzije Istrefi  holds a PhD in Political Science with a specialization in International Human Rights Law and International Organizations.  She finished her studies in International Human Rights Law (L.L.M) at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, after receiving her B.A. at the Faculty of Law at the University of Prishtina.  Ms Istrefi works as Professor at the Faculty of Law, where she was vise dean as well. Ms. Istrefi worked as a Human Rights Advisor with the OSCE Mission in Kosovo for 10 years and has served as a consultant for different international and national institutions including UNDP, ECMI, KJI and KIPA.  In 2008 Ms. Istrefi was awarded the Fulbright Exchange Scholar Program under which she spent one semester at the John Hope Franklin Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies at Duke University.  Ms. Istrefi also spent time at the Institute for International Relations of the University of Graz (sponsored by WUS Austria) where she researched in the field of international territorial administrations.  Ms. Istrefi is a member of the Bar Exam commission and also is actively involved as a researcher in various research projects.  Ms. Istrefi has published several scientific articles in the field of human rights and has contributed to numerous books published in Europe. Since 2010 Ms. Istrefi is Executive Project Manager of the biggest multi-ethnic project ever implemented in the ethnically divided town of Mitrovica “Bridging the Divide”, funded by Ministry of Foreign affairs of Netherlands.  Since 2011 Ms. Istrefi is Arbiter at the American Chamber of Commerce.

  Arbnora Gojani Mazreku
  ProProtocol

Arbnora Gojani Mazreku is a certified professional, international etiquette &protocol training facilitator and the founder of ProProtocol the first Kosovo based center for trainings and consultancy in etiquette, local and international protocol, cross-cultural awareness, event planning, image consulting and social skills, as well as organization of high level / VIP visits and ceremonies. She is also the founder of ProProtocol for Children & Parents, where she passionately and with motherly love shares her knowledge with children and youth on good manners. She is First Impression specialist and little detail finder that makes a big difference in protocol.

Ms. Gojani Mazreku has been an international etiquette & protocol trainer and personal coachsince 2007 and has organized and facilitated trainings and delivered lectures on etiquette and protocol to hundreds of participants from around the world.

Since 2003 works as Executive Associate to UN Development Coordinator /Resident Representative and Deputy Resident Representative, at the United Nations Development Programme, Kosovo. Despite other duties at UNDP, Ms. Gojani Mazreku is engaged in highest level protocol, responsible for organizing and coordinating conferences, official meetings, signing ceremonies, high level visits of senior officials of UNDP, including official events and receptions for state institutions and international organizations.

Ms. Gojani Mazreku holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations and Diplomacy and has earned terminal Master of Arts degree in Protocol and Soft Diplomacy from the International School of Protocol and Diplomacy, Brussels, Belgium.

She is also certified by:

  • EUROPROTOCOL, European School of Protocol, Brussels, Belgium
  • UNITAR, UN Protocol, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Kosovo Protocol Academy – Certified program by Protocol School of Washington

Ms. Gojani Mazreku is married and has two children.

“Kosovo’s young population is the country’s most valuable asset andI recognize the value of individual excellence in young people, therefore, I am devoted to teaching them etiquette &protocol and contribute to the promotion and development of their capacities, knowledge, confidence, and a higher level of standards.
My goal is to, by teaching, promote and encourage intellectual growth, have the young population and young professionals achieve their own personal potential on their road to becoming leaders in their field of expertise” – Arbnora Gojani Mazreku

Mr. Enver Hoxhaj

Enver Hoxhaj has been one of the most active politicians in Kosovo in the last ten years. He is currently Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo, and exercised this post in a previous term as well (2011-2014), playing a central role in the consolidation and strengthening of bilateral and multilateral diplomacy of Kosovo.

Previously Hoxhaj served as minister of education  (2008-2011), where he was engaged in the modernization of education after independence of the country, and served as a deputy in four legislatures, and recently was Head of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Policy (2014-2016).

Hoxhaj was member of the Kosovo delegation in the talks on the final status of Kosovo (2005-2007), led by Special Envoy of the UN, the President Martti Ahtisaari. Mr. Enver Hoxhaj participated in all meetings as member of the Kosovar delegation. Ahtisaari document resulted in the comprehensive proposal for Kosovo’s independence.

Hoxhaj completed doctoral studies in history and politics at the University of Vienna, attending lectures in history and politics sciences.  After a long period of research between 1994 and 2000 at the Universities of Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Rome, Bologna, Florence and Paris, he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation. During his stay in Austria, he was a scientific researcher at the University of Vienna and leader of a research team on the Balkans at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Menschenrechte (1996-2000). Between 2003 and 2004 he was a scientific researcher (fellow) at the London School of Economics– Center for Study of the Global Governance. He has published academic papers in English,

German and Albanian about issues of ethnicity, nationalism, identity and ethnic conflict.

In addition, he delivered various lectures at many world universities such as in the University of Oxford, University College of London, Johns Hopkins University, and Columbia University etc.

He speaks and writes fluently English, German and Serbo-Croatian languages.

edita-tahiriEdita Tahiri is the Minister for Dialogue of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo. Prior to this responsibility she was the Deputy Prime Minister responsible for foreign policy and national security. She also was the Minister of Public Administration. Since 2011, she is the Kosovo’s Chief Negotiator at the Brussels Dialogue with neighboring country Serbia, with facilitation of EU and full support of US.

Tahiri is an Albanian leader and one of the main protagonists in the political changes affecting Kosovo and South Eastern Europe, after the end of the Cold War. She was one of the founders and key leaders of the movement for Kosovo’s independence, the Democratic League of Kosovo, in the years 1991-1999. She was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Kosovo (1991-2000) and is particularly well known in foreign policy and for her contribution to internationalizing the question of Kosovo and Albanians. She was part of the Kosovo delegation at the Rambouillet Peace Conference (1999) where she contributed to achieving the Rambouillet Agreement, which led to NATO intervention in Kosovo in 1999 and opened up the path to Kosovo’s independence. She was also a negotiator for peace talks at earlier phases since the London Peace Conference on disintegration of former Yugoslavia in 1992.

Tahiri is a Harvard University graduate, and she holds a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School for Government in 2002. She also graduated in the Edward S. Mason program for Public Policy and Management, 2002. During her studies at Harvard, John F. Kennedy School Professor Joseph S. Nye was her tutor. For her academic achievements, she was awarded the title “Outstanding student of 2002” by the John Kennedy School of Government Public Service Fellowship and an “Edward S. Mason Appreciation for an Extraordinary Contribution.”

She holds a doctoral degree in political sciences from University of Prishtina in cooperation with Johns Hopkins University – SAIS in Washington DC, in 2011. Her thesis “ International Statebuilding and Uncertain Sovereignty” is focused on the case study of Kosovo, under a mentorship of well known American professors I. William Zartman and Alan Kuperman. She was also a Fulbright Scholar in the years, 2006/2007 at the Johns Hopkins University – SAIS University where she did doctoral studies in the Program for Conflict Resolution.

Tahiri held senior political and state responsibilities during the hard times of Kosovo’s occupation, a period when Albanians experienced a brutal repression including genocide, under Serbia. With her political philosophy of freedom, democracy and self-determination, she was committed to ensuring that genocide would never again occur against her people. As well as being Minister of Foreign Affairs, she also held other positions such as: Member of the Presidency of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) from 1991-1998; Secretary for External Relations in LDK (1991-1998), Member of parliament of the Republic of Kosovo Parliament (1992-1998; 1998-2000; 2001-2004; 2007-2010), Special Emissary for President Rugova, Head of the Commission for Foreign Affairs in the Kosovo Assembly (1998-2000) and many other positions. She was the spiritual leader of the Women’s Forum in LDK and coordinator of Women’s Forum from the Presidency of LDK (1991-1998) and also the founder of the Kosovo Center for International Studies (1994).

As Foreign Minister of an occupied and unknown country like Kosova, Tahiri managed to make the Kosovo question and the unresolved Albanian question well-known amongst senior world circles and to secure the support of the international community for the right to self-determination and Kosovo’s independence. In meetings with senior officials and statesmen, including the American Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, NATO Chief, General Wesley Clark, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine and many other international personalities, she was successful in presenting the national cause to world diplomats.

Tahiri participated in all phases of negotiations up to NATO intervention in 1999, including the Rambouillet Conference (1999), the London Conference (1992), and pre Rambouillet negotiations 1998, as part of the G15 and G5 negotiation teams. She has participated in many world conferences, including the Fourth World Women’s Conference in Peking 1995; the World Food Summit in Rome 1996; the World Habitat Conference in Istanbul 1996; the First World Conference on Globalization in Santiago de Compostella, in Spain, 1997; sessions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe 1996, 1997 and 1998; the NATO Parliamentary Assembly 1998; OSCE Ambassadors meeting in Vienna 1998; the Lansdowne Conference 1999; the Airlie Conference 2000 and 2002; and the International Conference on the Transfer of Peoples, Tallinn, Estonia, January 1992.

After the end of the war in Kosovo, she was committed to democratic reforms in her political party (LDK) and in her country Kosovo. After 5 years of her reformist efforts, she left to create a new reformist political party, the Kosovo Democratic Alternative (ADK) in May 2004, together with other like-minded reformists. Tahiri has been the President of the Kosovo Democratic Alternative (ADK) since its founding. Since 2007, ADK became a parliamentary party and is in coalition with the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) and since 2010 is part of the Government. She has been committed to empowering women as part of her political activity. She is the leader of the Regional Women’s Lobby (RWLSEE) which she and other female political leaders in the region formed in 2006. Her academic profile is based on studies of political and technical sciences at the most prestigious universities in the world.

Before engaging in politics and political science, she studied telecommunications and electronics. In 1980 she graduated from the University of Prishtina as an electrical and telecommunications engineer and is the author of the book, “Electronics.” In 1983 she did post-graduate studies in digital telecommunications at the University of Essex in United Kingdom. She lectures and writes on political issues, international relations and especially about Kosovo and the Balkans region. Some of her publications are: “Rambouillet Conference: Negotiation process and documents”, Dukagjini, Peja, 2001; “Kosovo and Albanians outside Albania”, Aspen Institute, Berlin, 1997; “Kosova: National Report”, presented at the world women’s conference in Peking, 1995; “Kosova: A hungry future”, presented at the World Food Summit in Rome 1997; Kosovo’s independence: Factor of Stability for South Eastern Europe, Albanians in the Balkans, Albanian Institute for International Studies, Tirana, 2001; Kosovo’s independence – contribution to regional stability, National Defense Academy, Vienna, 2002 as well as a number of other articles and essays.

For her professional work she has received many appreciations, awards, titles and international honorary memberships, including being an honorary member of the town of Little Rock, USA (1993), honorary Commissioner of Tennessee District Council, USA (1993), Member of the International Consortium of the Defense Academy and Institute for Security Studies, 2001, Member of the Political Commission, Transatlantic Institute, Brussels, 2005. She was the co-founder and member of the executive board of the Organization of Nations and Unrepresented Peoples with its headquarters at The Hague, (1992). Currently she is a lecturer at the Department of Political Science, in the field of foreign policy and diplomacy. In addition, she lectures at world universities. She has participated in and given speeches at many international conferences and has given many interviews to world media, including CNN, BBC, Euro news, etc.

She speaks fluent Albanian, English, Turkish, Serbian, and Croatian.


Mr. Arban Abrashi, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare and Spokesperson of Government of Kosovo

Previous functions:

2010 – Deputy-Minister in the Ministry of Integration of Kosova.
2010 – Adviser of Culture, Youth and Sports.
2008-2010 – Adviser to the Minister of Local Government Administration.
Commitments in various organizations such as UN, OSCE and the World Bank etc.

Biography:

Abrashi Arban was born in February 1979 in Mitrovica. University studies completed at “Hasan Prishtina” Faculty of Philosophy, in Department of political science in 2004.

In 2006 MA thesis at the University of Sussex in the UK, in the field of European Integration.

Mr. Abrashi is the beneficiary of several prestigious scholarships and beneficiaries of the training programs for governance, has gained scholarship from the European Commission, practical experience in the European Parliament in Brussels, and has completed the Executive Education Program from Harvard University of the United States.

s200_aleksandar_r..ivanovicDoc. Dr. Aleksandar R. Ivanović is Dean of the Department of Legal sciences, and manager of the Center for evaluation and accreditation of International University of Novi Pazar. He is Professor of Criminal justice and security. His field of study/specialization is Criminal Justice and Security. Prof. Ivanović has obtained his education in International University of Novi Pazar – Novi Pazar,- Serbia, and he was awarded – Doctor of Laws/ October 2013 and Master of Laws, January 2009. In April 2012, he became a member of the expanded composition of the Republic Electoral Commission on Elections for the President of the Republic of Serbia, which were held on 6 May 2012. As a member of the Republican Electoral Commission at the above election, he served as coordinator for the conduct of elections in Pčinj region. Since 2012-2015, in his capacity as coordinator he participated in the implementation of the regional program “Building bridges, not walls, the role of universities in building peace”, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights aimed at developing cooperation between civil society and universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo in the field of intercultural understanding, human rights and reconciliation. Since December of 2012, as a representative of the International University of Novi Pazar, Dr.Ivanovic participated in the work of the Assembly of the third Conference of the University of Serbia. He is active member of the International Association of criminalists (EIA), based in Banja Luka. He has extensive experience in teaching criminal law criminal procedural law, international criminal law, security studies, organized crime, economic crime, intercultural understanding, human rights and reconciliation, theory and practice of conflict resolution, theories of criminalistics.

Professor Ivanović in 2013 was visiting lecturer in the Buskerud and Vestfold University College, Drammen, Norway , Postgraduate Course in Human Rights and Multiculturalism.

Academia: https://uninp.academia.edu/AleksandarIvanovic

Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Aleksadar_Ivanovic

Ms. Angelika VietsMs. Angelika Viets (German Ambassador to Kosovo)

Ambassador Jan Braathu

Graduate PhD level degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo, Norway

1978-1984: Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

1985-1990: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo.
– Executive Officer, International Energy Policy Division.
– Postings to Norwegian Embassy in Kuwait in 1988/1989.

1990-1993: Norwegian Embassy in Kuwait

1993-1996: Acting Counsellor for Economic Affairs, Norwegian Embassy in London

1996-1999: Adviser on Balkan Affairs. Responsible for developing policy proposals and co-ordinating Norwegian policy and activities in the Western Balkans.

1999-2000: Assistant Director General for Western Balkans Affairs in the Department of European Affairs.

2000-2006: Deputy Director General and Head of the Section for Western Balkan Affairs in the European Department. The Western Balkan Affairs Section is responsible for Norwegian Government Western Balkans policy and assistance programs for the region, totaling approximately € 100 million annually.

2006-2011: Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

2011- Ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Albania.

Ambassador Jean-Claude Schlumberger, Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo

Ambassador Jean-Claude Schlumberger of France has headed the Mission in Kosovo since October 2012. Between 2009 and 2012, he was Ambassador to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. His other postings include assignments to Germany, Algeria, the United States, Laos and Haiti. In France, he held several senior positions at the Foreign Ministry.

auto_Ruud_Vermeulen1461217202Mr. Ruud Vermeulen, Head of Mission of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Kosovo.

Ibrahim GashiProf. Dr. Ibrahim Gashi

Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Gashi is Academic Director of Kosovo International Summer Academy. He holds PhD in History and International Relations from University of Prishtina and University of Graz (2000-2003). Prof.Dr. Gashi is currently professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Prishtina (UP), where he teaches subjects: History of International Relations and Foreign Policy and Diplomacy, etc. He held several leading positions in the UP, such as head of Department of Political Science, Member of Management Board of University of Prishtina, and Spokesman of the University of Prishtina. From 2012 to 2014 he was Rector of the University of Prishtina. Professor Gashi was active in Kosovo political scene from 2006 – 2012. From 2006 to 2012 he was Vice President of New Kosova Alliance (AKR) political party. From 2007 to 2011 he was elected member of the Assembly of Kosovo, and deputy speaker of the Assembly of Kosovo 2007-2011 for AKR and member of the Presidency of the Assembly and a member of the Parliamentary Committee of Foreign Affairs. Professor Gashi was first political advisor and head of cabinet for the President of the Republic of Kosovo, Mr. Behgjet Pacolli (during his Presidency); Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo May 2011- August 2012.

Since 2013 Professor Gashi is member of Academic Board of the Diplomatic Academy of Kosovo. During the period of 2000-2012, he has been a research associate in several universities in Europe and the U.S  where he took part in various research visits as well as published scientific papers related to the history of diplomacy, nationalism and international relations, in English, German and Albanian language. In addition to the research area, Prof. Gashi was part of the ‘Fulbright Scholar Program’. Prof. Dr. Gashi has been invited to participate as a lecturer in several popular European and American universities, including: University of Graz (2000-2003), Arizona State University (2003), London School of Economics and Political Sciences (2004-2005), University of South East Europe (2006) and University of Texas (2009).

Copenhagenteam_photoHORIZ (1)Mr. Tienmu Ma – Special Advisor for International Human Rights Law to the Ombudsperson

Mr.Tienmu Ma graduated from Yale Law School in 2014. He is currently serving as Special Advisor for International Human Rights Law to the Ombudsperson of the Republic of Kosovo and to the Human Rights Center of the University of Prishtina. He is also working toward a Ph.D. in Philosophy at New York University.

During his time at Yale Law School, Tienmu took on several global justice and human rights projects. As a member of the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, he worked with an international NGO to prepare a collective complaint to the European Committee of Social Rights on behalf of children with disabilities. And as a research assistant for the International Bar Association Human Rights Initiative, he contributed to a report on the effects of tax evasion and illicit financial flows on global poverty. He also spent two summers working for Kosovo institutions as a Kirby Simon Summer Human Rights Fellow.

Before attending Yale Law School, Tienmu graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Philosophy in 2004 and received the B.Phil. degree from the University of Oxford in 2006. From 2007 to 2009, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kukës, Albania, which, in 2000, became the first town ever to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, honoring the generosity of hundreds of families who opened their homes to refugees during the 1999 Kosovo war. Besides English, Tienmu is fluent in the Albanian language.

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Florian Qehaja is the Executive Director of KCSS and one of the co-founders of KCSS. Florian is author of several scientific and policy publications in the security field. He serves as an international consultant on security issues cooperating with leading international governmental and non-governmental organisations. Most recently, he is coordinating the bilateral support of the Norwegian Ministry of Defence in the Ministry of Kosovo Security Force. He is an opinion-maker in the security field providing analysis for local and international media.

Florian Qehaja is a doctor of science on security studies from the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. His PhD topic was “Security Sector Development and the Problem of Local Ownership: Case of Kosovo”. He is Fulbright Visiting Scholar at SIPA Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies of the University of Columbia, New York. Moreover, he has graduated at the University of Sussex (United Kingdom) in Contemporary European Studies (MA); whereas, he obtained Bachelor’s Degree in Law at the University of Prishtina. He has been granted prestigious Chevening and Fulbright scholarships.

Florian’s Research Interests include: Defense Reform (KSF), Police Reform, Intelligence Reform, Integrity in the Security Sector, Kosovo-Serbia relations, Regional Security Cooperation, Law and Security, Violent Extremism and Radicalization, Emergency Management, International Peacekeeping and Peacemaking and Foreign Policy.

Colonel BelaColonel Muhaedin Bela  is State Advisor for Policy and Planning in Ministry of Defence in Republic of Macedonia.

Colonel Bela in MoD has previously worked as Adviser in Sector of International Cooperation, in Policy and Planning and Sector for Education & Training; in June 2004/05 he served as Liaison officer of R. of Macedonia in USCENTCOM Tampa-Florida; Since 2012 he is Member of editorial board of White Paper on Defense; In his academic career his activities are marked as professor and visiting professor in many Universities such as Utah Valley University, FON University, International Balkan University, etc. His extra curriculum experience is related to his humanitarian activities where he received Silver badge decoration by Red Cross of RM in 1983 – His PhD researches are related to: “Participations of ARM in humanitarian & peacekeeping missions, contribution for international peace”. In this regard he is author of different articles in domestic and international magazines and also lectures at Institute for Security, Defense and Peace in Skopje. His career concentrated in security and defense shows also his serving as Officer for air surveillance in G-4 and G-3 General Staff of ARM;