Introduction

I received my MA Political Science degree at Leiden University, the Netherlands, in 1997. Thereafter I worked for the Interdisciplinary Research Programme on Root Causes of Human Rights Violations (PIOOM), Leiden University, between 1998 and 2002. I wrote confidential reports, like one on the Kosovo conflict for the UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP), Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) in Vienna, Austria. Since then, I have been a freelance consultant and independent scholar ...
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Qualities and Abilities

My qualities and abilities in comparison to other conflict analysts and security specialists It would be rather pertinent to say that my qualities are unique. I do believe, however, that my qualities of thoroughness, independence and open-mindedness are quite rare in the current world of overly hazy, hasty and fashionable conflict and security analyses in the media, without offering clear definitions, perspectives and possible solutions to decision-makers and the wider public alike. Above all ...
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The role of ethnicity in my research

Ethnicity is just one of the many concepts and phenomena that characterize or can characterise a people, both in times of peace and war. This is true not just in my own research, but also within conflict studies in general – indeed, the term ‘ethnicity’ appears in one form or another in practically all disciplines within the social and even natural sciences. As with so many other terms and concepts, ‘ethnicity’ does not or hardly mean anything if it is not explicitly and sensibly defined, and pu...
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How my Brutalisation theory can improve analysis and offer solutions

My theory on brutalisation i.e. increasing violation of local and/or international norms of violence, is a very negative, pessimistic theory on the human condition, effectively stating that any armed conflict or other type of violence tends to go from bad to worse, with little relief in sight. However, this does not mean that I fully believe in the theory or all its facets, certainly not in each and every case. In each case, I seek to falsify, that is to say to disprove or at least test the theo...
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The (im)possibilities of field research

Of course I am able to conduct such research, even though I have not been as often in the field as I would have liked given financial and time constraints. I am not a trained anthropologist in the strict sense or a field researcher in the broader sense, but I am familiar with the literature and those methods and findings most relevant to my own research. I have conducted some relatively short field trips, and conducted interviews, in the distant and more recent past (e.g. in Kosovo in 2016 and A...
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Prof. Dr. Tomasz Polański

I first met Caspar Ten Dam in 2011 in Yerevan, where he presented a brilliant paper on the genesis, mechanisms and development of regional conflicts which involve ethnic and religious minorities and their confrontation with regional and world powers. I discovered that the factual analyses which make up a basis for his theoretical models may have a universal meaning and may be also applied to different periods of history for example ancient history. Caspar Ten Dam is an independent scholar wit...
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Keynote speech “Patriotism in education and teaching” in Kielce, Poland

An Editorial of mine based on my keynote speech at the conference has come out in the journal of Forum of EthnoGeoPolitics of which I am the executive editor. See: ‘Patriotism and Brutality vis-à-vis Nationalism, Ethnicity and other Identity Formations’ (Editorial) Forum of EthnoGeoPolitics Vol.2 No.2, Autumn 2014, pp.5-19. I held the Keynote Speech at a Conference on 10-11th October 2014 by the Centre of Patriotic and Civic Reflection in Kielce, Poland, with the Department of History of t...
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Pawan Sen

I know Drs. Caspar ten Dam since 2012 as my friend and PhD colleague when he was a PhD student in the Department of History and I in the Department of Political Science at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He has a good comprehension of the conflict and terrorism. He has been involved in various interdisciplinary researches dealing with human rights violations and terrorism prevention, particularly in the context of Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus and the former Soviet Union. We had ...
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Dr. Pavlos Koktsidis

In a highly interdependent world of increased risk and uncertainty, understanding the dynamics shaping modern security challenges is essential. Having worked together with Ten Dam in various instances, I can assure that Ten Dam's meticulous research activity and analytical skills in the field of security and conflict resolution will provide policymakers, civil organizations, and entrepreneurs, with informed and well-rounded insights and solutions for effcetively responding to contemporary securi...
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