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The conference’s third panel will consider various consequences of war, such as migration, forced displacement, population transfers, war traumas, brutalization and violence, and demobilization. How do societies address these challenges, and how can they successfully transition from war to peace?
Heidi TagliaviniFormer Swiss Ambassador
Heidi Tagliavini is a Swiss diplomat noted for her service in international aid and peacekeeping missions. Entering the Swiss diplomatic service in 1982, she has mostly worked in and on the former Soviet Union (Russia, Georgia, Ukraine and Armenia). Since 1995, she has increasingly held leading positions in peace missions in crisis regions in the Caucasus. After the release of the EU-commissioned report on the conflict in Georgia in 2009, she served as the head of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR) election observation mission in several parliamentary and presidential elections in Ukraine, Russia and Armenia. She also represented the OSCE in the 2015 negotiation of the Minsk II agreement concerning the war in Donbass.
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Prof. Robert GerwarthUniversity College Dublin
Robert Gerwarth is a professor of Modern History at University College Dublin and director of the Centre for War Studies. For his work on political violence in the 20th century, he has received major research grants from the European Research Council (ERC), the Guggenheim Foundation, the Irish Research Council (IRC), and the Gerda-Henkel Foundation. He is an elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy and the Academia Europaea, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Prof. Gerwarth is the author of The Bismarck Myth (2005) and a biography of Reinhard Heydrich (2011). His third monograph, The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End was published in 2016. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. He is also the general editor of an Oxford University Press book series, The Greater War, which marks the centenary of the First World War.
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Lotte LeichtHuman Rights Watch
Lotte Leicht has been the Human Rights Watch's EU Advocacy Director and Director of the organization's Brussels office since 1994. She is responsible for strategic advocacy vis-à-vis European governments, the European Union and other international and regional inter-governmental organizations. A lawyer by training, she has specialized in international human rights and humanitarian law and frequently testifies before international intergovernmental organizations. Furthermore, she has conducted human rights and humanitarian law investigations in various conflict zones and written extensively on human rights issues for major publications. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Leicht was program director of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights in Vienna and a staff member at the Danish Center for Human Rights. Her expertise includes International humanitarian law, human rights law, and refugee law, as well as Human rights research, advocacy and policy making. She is working on documenting abuses, response strategies, and international advocacy with governments, Parliamentarians, international and regional organizations.
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