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Keynote speakers

Filip Ejdus is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade. His research focuses on management of (in)security during crises and beyond borders. While his current project is on how the EU projects its power globally, in his previous research he has looked at how states on the European periphery cope with critical situations. He has fieldwork experience in Serbia, Kosovo, Egypt, Brussels, Somalia and Israel/Palestine. From October 2015 to October 2017 he was a Marie Curie Fellow at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS) at the University of Bristol where he was working on a project titled ‘Local Ownership in Security Sector Reform Activities Within CSDP Interventions of the EU’.

Atalia Omer is Associate professor of religion, conflict, and peace studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on religion, violence, and peacebuilding as well as theories and methods in the study of religion. She is a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow and the author of When Peace Is Not Enough: How the Israeli Peace Camp Thinks about Religion, Nationalism, and Justice (University of Chicago Press, 2013) and From Zion to New York City: Refiguring American Jewish Ethics and Identity through Solidarity with Palestinians (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming). She is also a coeditor of The Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding (Oxford University Press, 2015) and a Co-Director of Contending Modernities, a research program examining how religious and secular forces interact in the modern world.

Michael Pugh is Emeritus Professor, University of Bradford. He has served as Honorary Professor, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews and Visiting Professor Radboud University Nijmegen. He was editor of the journal, International Peacekeeping for twenty years and remains editor of the Cass book series on Peacekeeping. He has written extensively on peace and conflict, humanitarianism and the UN. He is the co-editor with Neil Cooper and Mandy Turner of: Whose Peace? Critical Perspectives on the Political Economy of Peacebuilding. His current specialism is political economies of peacebuilding with a regional emphasis on the Balkans and in 2017 he published Oligarchy and Economic Legacy in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the journal Peacebuilding.

Oliver Richmond is a Research Professor in International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manchester, UK. He is also International Professor, College of International Studies, Kyung Hee University, Korea and a Visiting Professor at the University of Tromso. His publications include Peace Formation and Political Order in Conflict Affected Societies (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Failed Statebuilding (Yale University Press, 2014). He is editor of the Palgrave book series, Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies, and co-editor of the Journal Peacebuilding.

Nina Wilén is Research Director for the Africa Programme at Egmont Institute and Assistant Professor at Université Libre de Bruxelles. The main focus of her research is different aspects of peacebuilding, including conflict analysis, peacekeeping operations and state building. More specifically, she is interested in armed forces’ roles during and after conflict with a particular interest for gender integration in the military. She has published widely on topics related to peace operations and the military and has conducted fieldwork in Burundi, Rwanda, Liberia and the Congo. She is the author of the book Justifying Interventions in Africa, (De) Stabilising Sovereignty and the Deputy Editor of the journal International Peacekeeping.