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National minorities and tools for conflict prevention: The experience of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities

  • Lamberto Zannier
Tuesday 29 May 2018
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague


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About the lecture

In his lecture, Lamberto Zannier, the High Commissioner on National Minorities, will give some interesting insights on his mandate and work methods. Drawing from examples of majority-minority relations with conflict potential in the OSCE area, he will illustrate how he operationalises conflict prevention in his daily work with a view to containing or de-escalating tensions, as well as the tools he uses to assist States in addressing structural minority-majority issues that have the potential to generate conflict. After the lecture there is an Q&A with Zannier. 

About the speaker

Ambassador Lamberto Zannier of Italy took up the mandate of OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities on 19 July 2017, succeeding Ambassador Astrid Thors of Finland, whose three year tenure ended on 19 August 2016. Before taking up the position as High Commissioner, Zannier was OSCE Secretary General during two consecutive three-year terms (2011-2017). Zannier joined the Italian Foreign Ministry as a career diplomat in 1978. He was UN Special Representative for Kosovo and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) (2008-2011). Zannier was Coordinator for CFSP and ESDP (now CSDP) in the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006-2008). Zannier was the Director of the Conflict Prevention Centre of the OSCE (2002-2006). Zannier holds a law degree and an honorary degree in International and Diplomatic Sciences from the University of Trieste, Italy. He was awarded the distinction of Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Star for services to the Republic of Austria and Grand Officer in the Order of Orange Nassau by the Government of the Netherlands. 

About the seminars

Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar Series is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.

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