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EFSAS discusses Indo-Pak Relations and Jammu & Kashmir conflict with former Diplomat of UN and NATO


Mr. Dušan Vejinović (Senior Research Analyst EFSAS) and Ms. Yoana Barakova (Research Analyst EFSAS) held a meeting with Mr. Robert H. Serry, former United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and former Deputy Assistant Secretary-General for Crisis Management and Operations at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), who is currently serving as the Chairman of the University for Peace (UPEACE) Centre The Hague. A career diplomat, Mr. Serry has served in a variety of diplomatic positions, including as a mediator of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea, which highlights his profound expertise on the subject-matters of international conflict management and resolution. 

Ms. Yoana Barakova (EFSAS) with Mr. Robert Serry (University for Peace)


During the discussion, EFSAS emphasized on the necessity of bridging the gap between theory and practice - between academic work and policy making, since according to its mission, advancing the cause of peace and reconciliation through research and involvement with decision-makers at the local, national and international level provides an opportunity for a sustainable solution of violent conflicts. Mr. Serry further stated that an effective and positive settlement of the Jammu & Kashmir issue should include the engagement, in an open dialogue, of all parties concerned. 

Mr. Serry expressed his willingness to collaborate on future events of EFSAS and share his extensive knowledge and experience in the field of conflict management and resolution.