Fall 2019 Conflict Series—Self-Determination and Sovereignty: Kosovo and East Timor in Comparative Perspective
Each Tuesday, the Conflict, Security, and Development Series will examine new research, discuss creative policy approaches, and highlight recent innovations in responding to the challenges of security and development in conflict and post-conflict situations.
The self-determination movements exists in more than half the world’s countries, yet they rarely result in the creation and acceptance of independent states. Kosovo and East Timor are two exceptions. 2019 marks the 20th anniversary since the NATO intervention in Kosovo and the INTERFET intervention in East Timor, providing a timely opportunity to look back and draw lessons learned. Based on archival and field research, Mayesha Alam, Adjunct Instructor at New York University's College of Arts and Sciences, will examine the local and international dynamics of secessionist mobilization and armed conflict that let to independence in the two countries.
Mayesha Alam's research interests intersect comparative politics, international relations, and international law with a focus on the causes and consequences of armed conflict. Alam is the author of Women and Transitional Justice: Progress and Persistent Challenges in Retributive and Restorative Processes (Palgrave Macmillan 2014) and co-editor of Women and Gender Perspectives in the Military (Georgetown University Press 2019). She has authored numerous reports and Op-Eds on topics such as peacekeeping, peace building, climate change, violent extremism, and forced migration. Alam previously served as the deputy director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security, and she has also worked with the United Nations, World Bank, and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.