Story by Madison Caudullo '16
Five students made headlines this spring for their travels through Serbia and Montenegro as part of the Global Field Study course Conflict, Governance, and State Building: The Balkans, led by Professor Alex Grigorev and Dr. Amy Cox, director of the International...
In the International Peace and Conflict Resolution graduate program at Arcadia University Alex Roinishvili Grigorev teaches a theory class on Conflict, Governance, and State Building, which includes a case study of the Balkans. He is the Founding President of the US-based Council for Inclusive Governance (CIG). Educated in history and international affairs and an expert on Balkan politics and ethnic relations, Grigorev, among his other CIG duties, facilitates discussions of political and ethnic leaders in the Balkans and leads programs on fostering democratic governance and minority inclusion. More about CIG is at www.cigonline.net.
Prior to heading CIG, he was the Executive Director of the Princeton-based Project on Ethnic Relations (PER) where he developed and conducted programs on interethnic relations in Southeast Europe and the former Soviet Union. PER helped to develop first minority legislation in a number of post-Communist countries. He was also a lecturer on ethnic conflict and interethnic relations in Europe at Princeton University. Before joining PER he was an analyst with the Calvert Emerging Europe Fund in New York City.
Fluent in many Balkan languages and Russian, Grigorev has been working in the Balkans since 1991 and is the author of numerous articles, essays, and reports on Balkan politics and interethnic relations published in the United States and Europe. He lectures in the US, Europe, and the Middle East on ethnic conflict, inclusive governance, and international relations.
Professor Grigorev holds degrees in international affairs and history from Columbia University, the Central European University, the State University of New York, Moscow State University as well as a Mediator’s Certificate from the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.