Dr James Ker-Lindsay
Eurobank Senior Research Fellow on the Politics of South East Europe
LSEE and the Hellenic Observatory
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James Ker-Lindsay is a Senior Research Fellow focusing on the Politics and International Relations of South East Europe at the London School of Economics and Political Science. A specialist on issues relating to conflict, peace and security in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Western Balkans, his authored books include The Foreign Policy of Counter Secession, Preventing the Recognition of Contested States (Oxford University Press, 2012); The Cyprus Problem: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2011); Kosovo: The Path to Contested Statehood in the Balkans (I.B.Tauris,2009), Crisis and Conciliation: A Year of Rapprochement between Greece and Turkey (I.B.Tauris, 2007), and EU Accession and UN Peacemaking in Cyprus (Palgrave Macmillan 2005). He has also published a number of edited volumes, including An Island in Europe: The EU and the Transformation of Cyprus (2011, with Hubert Faustmann and Fiona Mullen); New Perspectives on Yugoslavia: Key Issues and Controversies (2010, with Dejan Djokic), The Government and Politics of Cyprus (2009, with Hubert Faustmann), and The Work of the United Nations in Cyprus (2001, with Oliver Richmond). His most recent edited volume, Civil Society and Transitions in the Western Balkans (with Denisa Kostovicova and Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic) was published in early 2013.
He takes an active role in the development of South East European studies in the UK and internationally. He is the co-editor (along with Professor Adam Fagan) of a book series on South East Europe published by I.B.Tauris and a member of the editorial boards of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies and the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies (both of which are published by Routledge) and a member of the international advisory board of The Cyprus Review (which he co-edited 2006-2011). He is also a member of the steering committee of the ECPR Standing Group on South East Europe and a former co-convenor of the British International Studies Association (BISA) Working Group on South East Europe. He is a frequent media commentator on regional developments, and has written for Jane's Foreign Report and the Economist Intelligence Unit. He also has extensive experience in public and private sector consulting and advising and has a practical background in conflict analysis and resolution. In addition to having served as an expert advisor to the UN Misson of Good Offices in Cyprus and as a consultant to the Council of Europe, he was the co-ordinator of the Greek-Turkish Forum, a peace support initiative run by the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), where he was based, and the International Peace Research Institute (PRIO). He holds a BSc (Econ) in Economics and Politics from the University of London and an MA and PhD in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent at Canterbury
James Ker-Lindsay's main research interests are focused on issues relating to conflict, peace and security in the Western Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean and on matters relating to EU enlargement in the region. Specifically, he has explored the development and management of a range of peace processes in South East Europe, such as the UN initiatives to reunite Cyprus, Greek-Turkish rapprochement and the Kosovo status process. This has led to a wider interest in the ways in which international actors handle, or mishandle, complex negotiations. More recently, he has examined 'the foreign policy of counter-secession'; analysing the legal, political and diplomatic tactics and tools states use to try to prevent territories they regard as their own, but which have unilaterally declared independence (such as Kosovo, Northern Cyprus, Transdniestra, Abkhazia and South Ossetia), from gaining international legitimacy, either in terms of recognition from other states or membership of multilateral organisations. His current areas of interest are on the ways in which consensual secession may be achieved in cases of ethnic conflicts and on the underlying politics of EU enlargement in South East Europe.