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).
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.
© 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.
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 with a great ability to reconstruct and build theoretical models. He has a Thucydidean attitude in historical studies: factual data offer him the opportunity to analyze universal historical patterns such as rebel minorities, power struggles, imperialism.
Habilitated Dr. Tomasz Polański
Professor of the Jan Kochanowski University of Kielce, Poland
Head of the Department of Ancient History
Andrew Mellon Fellow 1999/2000, 2006/2007
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 presented papers individually under the same panel (Ethnogeopolitics and its place in the international development and conflict studies) during the CERES Summer School 2012 at the University of Amsterdam, where he dealt with the cases of Chechnya and Kosovo, and I with Nepal. At present, he is working on his own Brutalisation Theory and testing its validity on the Chechen and Albanian insurgents, amongst other cases. In addition to this, he is contributing to an academic journal called Forum of EthnoGeoPolitics in a capacity of Executive Editor, which is published at least twice a year since 2013.
Pawan Kumar Sen is consultant at Interdisciplinary Analysts (www.ida.com.np) in Kathmandu, Nepal, and PhD candidate at Political Science, Leiden University, the Netherlands
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 security challenges; TenDam’s professional services offer a key advantage to those wishing to ensure competitiveness and sustainability in times of uncertainty.
Dr. Pavlos I. Koktsidis
Adjunct Lecturer at University of Cyprus firstname.lastname@example.org