How can one understand, interpret and explain international mediation? Is it possible to distinguish different forms of international mediation in the violent political conflicts of the post-Cold War era? Milena Dieckhoff’s thesis seeks to answer these basic questions by combining theoretical reflections and case-study analyses. More specifically, she has studied eight conflicts in which various mediators became involved and various mediations occurred – in Africa: Mozambique (FRELIMO/RENAMO conflict), Sudan (South Sudan) and Kenya (2007 elections); in Asia: Sri Lanka (government/LTTE) and Indonesia (government/GAM); in the Middle East: Israel-Palestine; in Central America: Guatemala (government/URNG); in Europe: Georgia (Russia/Georgia).
Milena’s thesis, which was supervised by Guillaume Devin and defended in 2016, received the Aguirre-Basualdo prize in law and political science awarded by the Chancellery of the Universities of Paris. She went over her research with us: (choose subtitles in english).
Long involved in teaching activities (Sciences Po, Lille 2 University, Paris-Sud University), Milena is currently a substitute professor at the University of Namur (Belgium) and associate researcher at Sciences Po’s Center for International Studies and Research (CERI). Interview (in French).
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