ECMI Course on "Minorities in Conflict Zones"

From 20-22 July 2011, the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) in Flensburg, Germany will be offering an intensive 2-day course for young diplomats deploying to regions that are experiencing conflicts which involve minorities. Through lectures and country/region sessions, a small group of young diplomats will have the opportunity to get introduced to the causes and effects of new and frozen conflicts and to learn about the global legal and political regime for protection of minorities. Lecturers and speakers are recruited from international organizations, high ranking universities in Europe and the ECMI staff.

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.

The course is aimed primarily at young diplomats but all interested are welcome to apply. Applications are accepted on a first come principle.

Price: EUR 2.000 per person including room and board but not travel to Flensburg.

Deadline for applications: 15 May 2011

The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) conducts practice and policy-oriented research, provides information and documentation, and offers advisory services concerning minority-majority relations in Europe. It serves European governments and regional intergovernmental organizations as well as non-dominant groups throughout Europe. The Centre co-operates with the academic community, the media and the general public through the timely provision of information and analysis.

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Date: 29 March 2011

Contact person:  Ms. Maj-Britt Risbjerg Hansen (hansen[a]ecmi.de)


ECMI founders:

The German Federal GovernmentThe German
Federal Government
The Danish GovernmentThe Danish
The Federal State Schleswig-HolsteinThe Federal State