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[balkans] Call for Papers: Managing and Settling Ethnic Conflicts

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  • Florian Bieber
    Call for PapersWorkshop: Managing and Settling Ethnic Conflicts In 1989-91, the end of the Cold War was enthusiastically greeted as the dawn of a new era of
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      Call for PapersWorkshop: Managing and Settling Ethnic Conflicts

      In 1989-91, the end of the Cold War was enthusiastically greeted as the
      dawn of a new era of greater stability, prosperity, and opportunity. Yet
      ten years on, these hopes have not materialized in full. Many countries and
      entire regions in Central and Eastern Europe suffer from political and
      economic instability : the Balkans, the Caucasus, and the Russian
      Federation are just three examples. Other countries, such as Poland,
      Hungary, and the Czech Republic, have done much better. One of the most
      troublesome issues has been the heightening of inter-ethnic tensions and
      even the escalation of ethnic conflicts across Central and Eastern Europe
      and the former Soviet Union. Confronting the resurgence of minority and
      majority nationalism in post-1989 governments had to engage in minority
      politics as one part of the transformation process to open societies.
      Against the background of foreign and domestic policy goals, they had to
      strike a balance between the interests of the majority population and the
      claims of ethnic groups.
      Phenomena of this kind, however, are not a novelty in European history. The
      'Western' half of the continent has had its fair share in ethnic conflicts
      in the twentieth century, most of which have been resolved (e.g., South
      Tyrol), while few continue to cause strife in the societies affected (e.g.,
      the Basque country).
      The workshop proposes: to examine different types of ethnic conflict
      regulation across the European continent, including minority rights,
      territorial autonomy, federalism, power-sharing as well as bi- and
      multilateral conflict management, involving ethnic minorities, their
      patron-states and their host-states, to analyze how and why some
      settlements have provided a lasting and stable framework in which the
      conflict parties can reach mutually agreeable solutions for their various
      differences without taking recourse to the use of violence, and to assess
      the future of ethnic conflicts and their management in Europe. The workshop
      organizers welcome proposals on any of these aspects, case studies
      (historical or current, single or comparative) as well as more theoretical
      explorations of conflict settlement.

      The workshop is part of the Seventh ISSEI conference: Approaching a New
      Millennium: Lessons from the Past - Prospects for the Future which will
      take place in Bergen, Norway, from the 14th to 18th August 2000. Further
      Details about the organisation of the conference can be obtained from the
      ISSEI 2000 website at http://www.uib.no/issei2000/
      Proposals for papers should be emailed to both organisers Ulrich
      Schneckener (ulrichsr@...-bremen.de) and Stefan Wolff (S.Wolff@...).
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