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After Kosovo Declaration of Independence and the August 2008 War: The New Geopolitics and Role of Diplomacy in the Caucasus

Organized by Cimera, Geneva
In collaboration with The Graduate Institute, Geneva
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
May 8 and 9, 2010

Saturday May 8, 2010

9:00 – 9:30   Introduction and Welcome
Vicken Cheterian

9:30-10:30  Keynote Speech
Ronald Suny, Director of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies and the Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

“The Hegemons Clash: Caucasia in the Context of a Global Struggle”

Session I

11:00-14:00 - What Kosovo changed in International Politics?
Keiichi Kubo
, Associate Professor, School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, Tokyo

“Local, Regional, and Global Implications of the Independence of Kosovo”

Mikulas Fabry, Assistant Professor, The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

“Practice of State Recognition after Kosovo, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia”
Bruno Coppieters, Professor of Political Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

“Conflict Resolution in Georgia after the August War: What could be learned from Kosovo and Taiwan?”

Session II

14:00-15:30 - After the August 2008 War in Georgia
Ghia Nodia
, Professor of Political Science, Ilia Chavchavadze State University, Tbilisi

“The Russian-Georgian War and its Consequences”

Gerard Libaridian, Professor of History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

“The New and Newest World Orders: From Kosovo to Karabakh”

Vicken Cheterian, Director, CIMERA, Geneva

“The Protocols: Diaspora in International Relations”

Session III

16:00-18:30 - International Role in Caucasus Conflict Resolution
Oksana Antonenko
, Senior Fellow, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London

“Russia’s Policy in the Caucasus after the August War”

Marian Staszewski, Diplomat, Deputy Head of Mission, Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia

“Lessons learned: What Role for Diplomacy?”

Peter Semneby, Ambassador, EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus, Brussels

“EU and Conflict Resolution Efforts in the Caucasus”

Sunday, May 9

Session IV

9:30-11:00 - International Role in Caucasus Conflict Resolution
Niyazi Mehdi,
Professor of Azerbaijan University of Culture and Arts, Baku

“Resolution of Conflicts in the Caucasus according to Principle of Semiotic Anomalies”
Syuzanna Vasilian, PhD candidate, Ghent University Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence,

“A ‘Moral Power’? The EU’s Conflict-Resolution Policy towards the South Caucasus”

Tevan Poghosyan, Director, International Center for Human Development, Yerevan

“The role of Civil Society in the Negotiations Process”

11:00-12:00 Final Discussion and Concluding Remarks