The United Nations and the Politics of Partition
June 24-25, 2010
The UN and the Politics of Partition was an academic conference planned by the Department of Hellenic Studies, International Studies, and the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures at SFU. The conference discussed the UN’s past achievements and failures in negotiating sovereignty, facilitating re-demarcations, and providing road maps for the future. The conference panels, which included presentations from scholars from Israel, India, Pakistan, Turkey, and North America, were followed by a roundtable discussion with SFU faculty and graduate students about the future roles of the UN.
Speakers and participants included:
Chris Ioannides (SUNY) Cyprus, Colonialism and the Seeds of Partition: From Coexistence to Communal Strife; Amikan Nachmani (Bar Ilan University) An Attempt in Curbing a Major Conflagration: UNSCOB (UN Special Committee on the Balkans) and the Greek Civil War, 1946-1949; Leonard Cohen (SFU) Kosovo and UN; David Kanin (John Hopkins) Partition, Frustration, and Identity in Bosnia and Kosovo; Neera Chandhoke (University of Delhi) Contested Secessions, A Normative Exploration; John Fine (Michigan); Javed Jabbar (Pakistan); Paul Sedra (SFU); Stan Markotic; Alex Petrovic; Lucia Peterson; and Julian Brooks.