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Elena Stavrevska at IEP

Elena Stavrevska, SPES fellow from Macedonia, stayed at the IEP from 16 November to 12 December 2009. During this time she had the oppor­tunity to meet many scholars and experts from German think tanks and founda­tions, as well as public insti­tu­tions. Her Berlin research experience was also comple­mented by three confer­ences, a guest lecture (which she gave at the Potsdam University), as well as an expert workshop on the subject of her SPES project: Evalu­ating outcome sustain­ability of ESDP civilian missions: What role for local ownership?.

Elena divided her research trip into two parts. Skopje, Macedonia, was her first desti­nation, where she spent 10 days, from 23 September to 3 October 2009, and conducted a number of inter­views with scholars, political actors, as well as EU repre­sen­ta­tives. Her second trip, in accor­dance with the case studies in her SPES paper, was to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herze­govina, which she spent on meetings with experts from ESDP mission, Bosnian police and actors form public institutions.

Elena holds a Bachelor of Laws degree in European Law from FON University in Skopje, Macedonia. During her under­graduate studies, she was an exchange student at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA, taking primarily Inter­na­tional Relations and Security Studies courses, which affected her further choice of studies. Thus, Elena completed her Masters degree in Inter­na­tional Relations and European Studies at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary, with her M. A. thesis looking at strategic intel­li­gence-sharing in the EU.

At the moment, Elena is a Doctoral Candidate in Inter­na­tional Relations at CEU. Her disser­tation focuses on peace­building in post-conflicts societies through major multi­lateral peace opera­tions. To that end, the project analyzes the durability of liberal democ­ratic peace in post-conflict countries and the role political autonomy of local decision-makers and grassroot peace­building activ­ities have in making it.