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The Summer School “War, reconstruction and establishment of peace from the roots of war to the establishment of a lasting Peace” aims to provide a group of international graduate students with scientific pillars about roots of war, peace and issues in peacebuilding. In line with Peace Science  tradition,  the  program  is  interdisciplinary  involving  disciplines  such  as  economics, political science, international relations and history. The Summer school is designed for graduate students with a strong interest in the scientific study of Peace that are either willing to proceed to advanced graduate studies or to future practitioners in the field of international relations and peacebuilding. In order to favor also a fruitful and open dialogue with the faculty a small group of students will be selected. The faculty (please see the list below) is composed of world-class scholars in the field. 

Classes will be held on 19-23 September at the Catholic University Our Lady of Good Counsel in Tirana. The Summer School is organized within the activities of CESPIC (Centro Europeo di Scienza della Pace, Integrazione e Cooperazione).

To Apply: please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and send a detailed curriculm vitae and other relevant information about you. References are not required but they are welcome. Submit your application by September 1. Since a first-come first-served criterion will be also considered for selection please apply early, as space in the program is limited.

Fee: 500 euros

Accomodation: accommodation solutions can be provided within the campus which is located in downtown Tirana.

A small number of grants can be provided.


Arzu Kibris, Sabanci University – “Political Violence in Post-Cold War Era”

Vincenzo Bove, University of Warwick – “Peacekeeping”

Scott Gates, PRIO – “Inter-Ethnic and Inter-Religious Conflicts”

Mansoob Murshed, ISS e Birmingham University – “Issues in Post-Conflict Reconstruction”

Christos Kollias, Thessaly University  – “Military Expenditures and Economic Development”

Roberto Ricciuti, Università di Verona –  “State Capacity and Conflict”

Tobias Böhmelt, University of Essex –“International Mediation and Third-Party Intervention”

Han Dorussen, University of Essex –  “Institution and Peace Building”

Raul Caruso, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart – “Introduction to Peace Economics”

Arzu Kibris

Arzu Kıbrıs is an assistant professor of political science at Sabanci University, Istanbul. Her main research interests include the dynamics and social, political and economic consequences of civil conflicts. Her work has has been published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Games and Economic Behavior, Public Choice, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism among others.

Vincenzo Bove

Vincenzo Bove is an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies and a member of the Warwick Q-Step Centre. He received a PhD in Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London, in 2011; an MSc in Economics from Birkbeck in 2007; and a Laurea in Political Science from the University of Florence in 2003. Also, he has held teaching and research appointments at the University of Essex, the University of Genoa, IMT Lucca and Sciences Po, Paris. In his pre-academic life, he served as an officer in the Italian Navy, principally working in anti-submarine warfare.

Raul Caruso

Raul Caruso, educated in Naples (MA), Leuven (Msc) and Milan (PhD), is currently affiliated at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart where he is serving as adjunct professor of International Economics and Economic Policy. He is editor in chief of Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy (USA) and he is also in the editorial board of Defence and Peace Economics (USA) and of Economics of Peace and security Journal (USA). He is the executive director of Network of European Peace Scientists and head of the Italian Chapter of Economists for Peace and Security. He has been awarded with the Stuart Bremer Award in 2004, with Premio Isimbardi in 2011, with the Emerald Outstanding Author Contribution in 2012 and with Manas Chatterji Award for excellence in Peace Economics and Peace Science in 2014.

Scott Gates

Scott Gates is Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and Professor at the University of Oslo. He has published 10 books and over 30 academic articles. Gates is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Peace Research and is the Editor in Chief of the International Area Studies Review. He is a member of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA) and The Royal Norwegian Society of Science and Letters (DKNVS).

Mansoob Murshed

Syed  Mansoob  Murshed  is  Professor  of  the  Economics  of  Peace  and  Conflict  at  the International  Institute  of  Social  Studies  (ISS),  Erasmus  University  in  the  Netherlands.  His research  interests  are  in  the  economics  of  conflict,  resource  abundance,  aid  conditionality, political economy, macroeconomics and international economics. He was the first holder of the rotating Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity in 2003. He was a Research Fellow at UNU/WIDER in Helsinki where he ran projects on Globalization and Vulnerable Economies and Why Some Countries Avoid Conflict, While Others Fail. He also ran a project on The Two Economies of Ireland, financed by the International Fund for Ireland at the Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre (NIERC), Belfast. He is the author of seven books and over 130 refereed journal papers and book chapters. His latest monograph, published in 2010, is Explaining Civil War (Edward Elgar). He is on the Editorial boards of Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy (PEPS), as well as Civil Wars.

Christos Kollias

Christos Kollias is currently Professor of Applied Economics with the  Department Economics, University of Thessaly; Editor of Defence &  Peace Economics; member of the Editorial Board of Peace Economics,  Peace Science and Public Policy and Associate Editor of The Economics of  Peace &  Security  Journal.  His  research interests include defence    economics,  terrorism, political economy, public sector economics and macroeconomic policy.

Roberto Ricciuti

He is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Verona (Italy) and Research Affiliate at CESifo Roberto Riccuti received his PhD in Economics from the University of Siena (Italy). His research interests are mainly in political economy and his work has been published by the European Journal of Political Economy, Public Choice, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Surveys, Cliometrica."

Tobias Böhmelt

Tobias Böhmelt is a Reader (Associate Professor) in the Department of Government at the University of Essex (UK) and a Research Associate of the International Political Economy Group at the Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS) as well as the Institute for Environmental Decisions (IED). His main research and teaching interests are the quantitative analysis of conflict and cooperation, environmental politics, international mediation, military effectiveness, and network analysis.

Han Dorussen

Professor Han Dorussen received his MA in political science from the University of Nijmegen and his Ph.D. in government for the University of Texas at Austin. He has been a lecturer at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. Between 2008 and 2011 and in 2013-4, he was Head of Department of Government at the University of Essex. He is associate editor for the Journal of Peace Research, and a member of the Michael Nicholson Centre of Conflict and Cooperation. His research focus is on international relations, international and comparative political economy and applied game theory. Current research interests include the relationship between trade and conflict, the use of economic policies in international politics, peacekeeping operations and the governance of post-conflict societies, and policy convergence in the European Union. Co-editor (with Michael Taylor) of Economic Voting (Routledge 2002). Published articles in Public Choice, International Organization, World Politics, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Interactions, European Union Politics, World Development, and Electoral Studies.

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