Zhang Shi

Zhang Shi

I first contacted Caspar ten Dam in May 2020, when as board-member of Association for the Study of EthnoGeoPolitics (EGP) and executive editor of its peer-reviewed journal Forum of EthnoGeoPolitics (see www.ethnogeopolitics.org), he invited me to join the journal’s editorial board for its Chinese-language section (and any submitted papers having to do with China). Since then I am helping through my experience as an Amazon kindle e-book author to get the first publications of EGP’s new publishing house EGxPress more widely available and distributed at Amazon and other outlets (see e.g. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08LG7WMKT).

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Fred Rohde

Fred Rohde

I first met Caspar ten Dam during my exhibition My Romanians in the Lipsius building of Leiden University in November 2014 – one of my many exhibitions as a photo artist (www.fredrohde.nl). There, he immediately asked me to become an ‘in-house photographer’ for the annual Srebrenica commemoration in The Hague on the 11th of July, which I was happy to accept. Caspar had been actively involved in the annual Srebrenica commemoration for many years by the time I first met him, and ever since that fateful meeting, we’ve often worked together – not least during each 11th July between 2015 and 2018 when I took hundreds of photos on every 11th of July, making broad selections freely available to the co-organisers of the annual remembrance. We’ve also put together a photobook Srebrenica Commemoration & Marš Mira 2015 – 2018 (ISBN: 978-90-75568-34-9) in record time, and managed to sell quite a few copies already during the Srebrenica commemoration on 11 July 2019 (pdf-copies should become available by the beginning of 2020 on www.ethnogeopolitics.org).

During these occasions I’ve come to know Caspar as a warm and highly engaged person – the opposite of the aloof scholar residing in an ivory tower all the time (as I live in the university town of Leiden I know what I’m talking about). On the other hand, I’ve never seen him abandoning his scientific, critical faculties and abilities in the face of partisan or ideological considerations whenever he put his ‘political-activist’ hat on. He’s one of the very few persons I know who’s able and willing to separate and balance the activities and responsibilities of an activist and a scholar.

Edwin Giltay

Edwin Giltay

© photo Marco Bakker

I first met Caspar ten Dam on 11 June 2015 at a symposium of ProDemos in The Hague. At this event we discussed the genocide of Srebrenica in 1995 during the Bosnian War. I have come to like Caspar. Also, he is very knowledgeable on affairs in the Balkans and elsewhere, offering his many insights as a conflict analyst.

Caspar was one of my friends who offered me advice and support during the difficult days when my book De doofpotgeneraal (The Cover-up General) was banned by a Dutch court in late 2015. Fortunately, with the support of my friends and lawyers, the ban was overturned by the Court of Appeal in April 2016. See http://dedoofpotgeneraal.nl/english.htm.