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14-07-2010

ECMI Library and IFSH Library sign Memorandum of Understanding

The libraries of the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) and of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the exchange of publications on 6 July, 2010. According to this agreement the ECMI Library will supply the most recent edition of the European Yearbook of Minority Issues and will in return receive a copy of the latest OSCE Yearbook as well as a copy of the annual Friedensgutachten as well as copies of publications of interest to ECMI appearing in the Nomos publishing house series “Demokratie, Sicherheit und Frieden” [Democracy, Security, and Peace].

ECMI has an ongoing co-operation with IFSH in terms of the postgraduate programme “Master of Peace and Security Studies - M.P.S.”, a joint programme of the University of Hamburg and the IFSH. The M.P.S. is a trans- and interdisciplinary programme of two semesters duration, combining theory-based education in the areas of peace research and security policy with a practice-oriented application of methods for research. The prime objective of the course is to provide highly qualified graduates from a national or foreign university and academically trained practitioners of a field-related vocational background with the fundamental basics of the discipline peace and security policy, as well as providing them with the instruments applicable for differentiated research in this field.

The related ECMI research cluster is Conflict and Security. With Europe on the path to peaceful unity, conflict transformation gives way to post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation. In many cases, tension laden politics become politics of diversity management. At the same time new modes of mobilization as well as recurring mobilization or refocused mobilization resurface in many areas. Our attention to varied models of reconciliation is vital in post-conflict areas, while issues of civil security need greater attention where conflicts have become rigidified. State and nation building remain enduring topics that require fresh approaches in an era of European integration and norm diffusion through external policies.

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Place and Date: Flensburg & Hamburg, 06 July 2010
Further information: William McKinney, mckinney@ecmi.de
www.ifsh.de and www.ifsh.de/IFSH_english/studium/mps.htm

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The German Federal GovernmentThe German
Federal Government
The Danish GovernmentThe Danish
Government
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Schleswig-Holstein