CSTPV Events 2020/2021

A full list of events for the School of International Relations can be found on the School seminars webpage.

Thursday 8 October

How Politcal Violence Became Modern: A Discussion of ‘Killing Strangers’

Join Dr Tim Wilson and Dr Peter Lehr in discussing Tim’s new book “Killing Strangers: How Political Violence Became Modern”

Time: 5:30pm – 8pm 

Location: Microsoft Teams, contact to reserve your space

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Thursday 29 October

Insurgency and War in Nigerian: A Conversation on Nigerian Army Adaptations (July 2017 – Date)

Join Dr Akali Omeni and Dr Tim Wilson in discussing Omeni’s research into Boko Haram and the Nigerian army’s response and adaptation to them in land based warfare

Time: 5pm – 6:30pm 

Location: Microsoft Teams, contact to reserve your space

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Thursday 10th November – 8th December

Balkans Forwards and Backwards: 25 Years After Dayton

A month long series of events on the Balkans to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Dayton Agreement.

Tuesday 10th November – Opening and Keynote Address


An introduction to the event and the weeks ahead by Dr Tim Wilson Director of CSTPV and Stephen Gethins, Professor of Practice, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews.

Keynote Address

Allan Little, BBC senior correspondent and co-author of The Death of Yugoslavia.

Discussant: Dr Kurt Bassuener

Moderator: Dr Tim Wilson

Allan Little was born and raised in Galloway, and is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh. He has been a BBC journalist for 35 years. He has reported from more than ninety countries, including the former Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Congo. He has twice been the BBC’s Africa Correspondent, based in Johannesburg, as well as its resident correspondent in Moscow and Paris. He is the co-author of The Death of Yugoslavia (Penguin, 1995). He lives in Edinburgh, where is chairman of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and continues reporting from the UK and around the world.

Time: 2pm – 4pm 

Location: Microsoft Teams, 

Tuesday 17th November – How We Got Here – A discussion and Q & A

Moderator: Dr Tim Wilson

Panel Members

Dr Tomasz Kamusella, Reader, School of History, University of St Andrews: Todor Zhivkov’s Ethnic cleansing of Bulgaria’s Turks and Muslims – Lessons and Implications in the Neighbourhood

Sonja Biserko, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia: Muscle Memory of Non-alignment and the Persistence of the Greater Serbia Project

Time: 2pm – 4pm 

Location: Microsoft Teams, 

Tuesday 24th November – Crippled in Triage – Dayton Saves and Hobbles Bosnia and Herzegovina

Moderator: Dr Tim Wilson

Panel Members

Peter Lippman, author of Surviving the Peace: The Struggle for Postwar Recovery in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Grassroots Human Rights Campaigns in Bosnia-Herzegovina—Pushing the boundaries of institutionalized obstruction

Dr Kurt Bassuener, CSTPV and Senior Associate, Democratisation Policy Council, Peace and Cartels – How Power-Sharing Peace Deals Enabled Perpetual Oligarchy in Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia

Dr Senada Šelo Šabić, University of Zagreb/Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO): A View from the Field – and a Proposal: Municipalities as the Elementary Building Blocks of Democracy in BiH and Beyond

Time: 2pm – 4pm 

Location: Microsoft Teams,

Tuesday 1st December – Beyond the ‘geopolitical chessboard’ paradigm – self-serving narratives & corrosive capital in the Balkans

Moderator: Dr Mateja Peter, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews

Panel Members

Jeta Krasniqi, Project Manager, Kosova Democratic Institute: Western Balkans: A transatlantic unfinished business?

Dr. Tena Prelec, Research Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford: Beyond the ‘geopolitical chessboard’ paradigm – self-serving narratives & corrosive capital in the Balkans

Ljupcho PetkovskiDirector, Stellar Research, Skopje: External Illiberals and the Lure of Reactionary Values

Bodo Weber, Senior Associate, Democratization Policy Council, Berlin:  The Belgrade-Prishtina Dialogue – a case study in transatlantic policy malpractice

Time: 2pm – 4pm 

Location: Microsoft Teams,

Tuesday 8th December – Where Can We Go? Potential for Civic Initiative and Organic Progress, Western Fragmentation and Authoritarian Initiative

Moderator: Stehen GethinsProfessor of Practice, former MP for Fife, former Vice Chair of All-Party Groups for Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Panel Members

Dr. Ivan StefanovskiEurothink, Skopje:  What happened to the “Balkan Spring?” Lessons from social movements’ failures and breakthroughs

Dobrica VeselinovićNe Davimo Beograd movement, Serbia:  Constructing functioning civic governance in Serbia from the local

Dr. Valery Perry, author/editor of Extremism and Violent Extremism in Serbia: 21st Century Manifestations of a Historical Challenge (Columbia/Ibidem, 2019):  Institutionalized corruption, malgovernance and injustice as drivers of radicalization and extremism – The Good, the bad, and the ugly

Time: 2pm – 4pm 

Location: Microsoft Teams,