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Course on Minorities in Conflict Zones, Flensburg, 20-22 July 2011 (Extended DL: 31 May)‏

"Minorities in Conflict Zones" is a course designed to assist young diplomats in the understanding and assessment of the role of minorities in internal conflicts prior to deploying to countries experiencing internal strife. This will include training in conflict management as well as an introduction to current minority protection regimes. Minorities are often seen as the cause of internal conflicts but in reality the situation may be far more complex. In many cases minorities are simply caught in the 'line of fire' and left to their own device to survive in the power struggle of warlords and profiteers. In other cases, the elites of minorities are directly involved in the power struggles. The course for young diplomats provides insights to types of conflicts and the various management approaches that are employed across the globe. It scrutinizes the types of actors and institutions that get involved in conflicts, and it provides an overview of existing international regimes of protection, dialogue mechanisms and quiet diplomacy.
Because conflicts are diverse, the course will offer specialized introduction to regional approaches and case studies through individual sessions tailored to the participants in the course. Cases From Europe including the Balkans and Caucasus as well as from Central Asia, the Middle East, South Asia, Africa and Central and South America can be covered.
In order to allow participants to get a taste of the situation in conflict zones, the course for young diplomats organizes a roundtable discussion with speakers who have experience with conflict management in the field.
For the preliminary programme, click here:
Detailed programme is expected to be available late May.
Lectures and Speakers 2011:
Prof. Stefan Wolff, University of Birmingham
Dr. Claire Gordon, London School of Economics
Prof. Joshua Castellino, University of Middlesex
Dr. David Galbreath, University of Bath
Dr. Malte Brosig, University of Witwatersrand
Ambassador Niels Egelund, Denmark
The course is aimed primarily at young diplomats but all interested are welcome to apply. A minimum of 10 participants are required to establish the course. Applications are accepted on a first come basis.
Deadline for applications: 15 May 2011
Practical information:
Price: EUR 2.000 per person. The price includes course materials, meals and accomodation in Flensburg. A deposit of EUR 500 is requested by 31 May 2011, the rest at the beginning of the course.
Venue: The ECMI headquarter building "Kompagnietor" right on the waterfront in the old town of Flensburg, Germany.
Accomodation: Hotel Arcadia, 3 minutes walk from the ECMI building.
Location: Flensburg is a bilingual and multicultural town of approx. 85,000 inhabitants right on the border between Denmark and Germany-functioning as Scandinavian Gateway. Both the Baltic Sea as well as the North Sea are easily accessible from here. The town provides a maritime flair lying at the Flensburg Fjord right at the Baltic Sea. The atmosphere here is influenced by a mixture of cosmopolitan harbour and trading port-city. Flensburg offers a historic mixture of Danish and German culture reflected both by the distinctive architecture in the Old town part of the city as well as in a wide range of activities.
Applications: There are no application forms. Please send your indication of interest and CV to: Ms. Maj-Britt Rijsbjerg Hansen (hansen[a] You will then receive confirmation and information about payment options.