Alexander Osipov defended his Ph.D. thesis in ethnology in the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology (Russian Academy of Sciences) in 1993. He worked in at the Russian Academy of Sciences from 1989 to 2003. He is a research fellow of the Centre for Independent Social Research (Saint-Petersburg, Russia) and a programme co-ordinator with the Human Rights Centre ‘Memorial’, one of the leading Russian non-governmental human rights organizations. Osipov’s research activities primarily focus on ethnicity, minority protection and racial discrimination. Recent publications include: National-Cultural Autonomy: Ideas, Decisions, Institutions
(Saint-Petersburg: TsNSI, 2005) (in Russian); (with Vladimir Malakhov) “The category of minorities in the Russian Federation: a reflection on uses and misuses” in International Obligations and National Debates: Minorities around the Baltic Sea
(Editor-in-Chief: Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark. Mariehamn: Åland Islands Peace Institute, 2006).
“Liberal Multiculturalism and Cultural Diversity in Cambodia"
Stefan Ehrentraut, University of Potsdam
November 23, 2006
Stefan Ehrentraut's research interests include theories of multiculturalism and their application in Asian countries. Stefan has worked for the International Labour Organization's PRO 169 project in Geneva and Cambodia and for the German Technical Cooperation in Ethiopia and Cambodia. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Potsdam in Germany and a visiting student at Queen's Forum for Philosophy and Public Policy.
Ethnicity and Conflicts in the South Caucasus
Pierre Jolicoeur, Queen’s University
November 9, 2006
Pierre Jolicoeur, recipient of two grants (Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture
and Department of National Defence, Security and Defence Forum program), is a postdoctoral fellow at Queen’s University. He completed his Ph.D. at UQAM in 2006 with a dissertation entitled “Autonomy and Secessionist Conflicts in the South Caucasus between 1988 and 2005”. His main areas of research are security issues in the post-Soviet Union, Russian foreign policy, and federalism in the context of conflict resolution. Publications include (with Yann Breault and Jacques Lévesque) La Russie et son ex-empire: reconfiguration géopolitique de l’ancien espace soviétique
(Paris: Presses de Sciences Po, 2003). From 2000 to 2006, he edited the “Points de mire
” series, published by the Centre d’études des politiques étrangères et de sécurité (CEPES) at UQAM.
Lessons learned (or not learned) from the Rwandan Genocide of 1994
Major Brent Beardsley, Royal Military College
October 26, 2006
Major Brent Beardsley has served for 26 years as an Infantry Officer in the Royal Canadian Regiment. In 1993-1994, he served as General Dallaire’s personal staff officer in UNAMIR, before and during the genocide in Rwanda. He is the co-author of General Dallaire’s Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda
(Toronto: Random House Canada, 2003), which won the Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political writing in 2003 and the Governor General's Award for non-fiction in 2004. He is currently employed as a research officer at the Canadian Forces Leadership Institute of the Canadian Defense Academy at the Royal Military College.
Immigration Policies and Pacific Rim Diversity: Historical Lessons, Contemporary Practices, and the Impact on Asians
Wei Li, Arizona State University
Thursday October 12, 2006
Wei Li is an Associate Professor in the Asian Pacific American Studies Program and is this year’s Fulbright Visiting Chair in Ethnicity and Multicultural Citizenship at Queen’s University. Recent publications include “Financial globalization and cross-border comovements of money and population: foreign bank offices in Los Angeles”, Environment and Planning A (with Gary Dymski, 2004, Vol. 36, No. 2), an edited collection titled From Urban Enclave to Ethnic Suburb: New Asian Communities in Pacific Rim Countries and a monograph, Ethnoburb: The New Ethnic Community in Urban America (forthcoming, University of Hawaii Press).
The Characterisation of Timor-Leste's Independence: Was it a Secession?
Peter Radan, Macquarie University, Australia
September 25, 2006
Peter Radan is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Law at Macquarie University, Australia. His research interests include self-determination, secession, law and religion, laws of war, and contracts and equity. Recent publications include Law and Religion: God, the State and the Common Law (co-edited with D. Meyerson & R. Croucher. London: Routledge, 2005) and Equity & Trusts (with C. Stewart and A. Lynch, 2nd ed. Sydney: LexisNexis, 2005). He is currently conducting research (with Associate Professor Aleksandar Pavkovic) on the normative assessment and legal regulation of secession.