Analyzing the Name Dispute between the Republic of Macedonia and Greece: Twenty Years after the Interim Agreement

Event Date: Friday April 17, 2015
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Location: Wasserstein Hall 1019

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School is proud to present

Analyzing the Name Dispute between the Republic of Macedonia and Greece:
Twenty Years after the Interim Agreement


Mathew Nimitz

Mr. Matthew Nimetz

Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations


Dr. Daniel Serwer

Dr. Daniel Serwer

Senior Research Professor of Conflict Management

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies


Boshko Stankovski

Mr. Boshko Stankovski

Graduate Research Fellow, Program on Negotiation

Discussion moderated by

Professor Robert H. Mnookin

Samuel Williston Professor of Law
Chair, Program on Negotiation
Harvard Law School


Friday, April 17
1:30 – 3:30 pm

Wasserstein Hall, Room 1019
Harvard Law School

Free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.

About the Speakers:

Matthew Nimetz serves as the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in connection with the continuing negotiations between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, a position he assumed in 1999.  From March 1994 through September 1995, Mr. Nimetz served as President Clinton’s Special Envoy in the mediation of the dispute between the two parties, which concluded with the signing of the Interim Accord in 1995.

Mr. Nimetz served as Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology from February through December 1980 and as Counselor of the Department of State (1977-1980).  In those capacities, he supervised United States security assistance programs and the Department’s international scientific and technological programs, including scientific and technical cooperation, nuclear nonproliferation issues, and international environmental and communications policies of the U.S. Government.  He also supervised, among other things, U.S. policy on the Eastern Mediterranean (Greece, Turkey, Cyprus) and relationships with Eastern European countries.

Mr. Nimetz serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, member and former chair of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe, a trustee of both Central European University and American University of Central Asia, a director of Green City Force, a Brooklyn-based training organization for youths.  He is also a trustee of the Rubin Museum of Art, a trustee of National Committee on American Foreign Policy, a director of Americans for Oxford, Inc., and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Center for Development Economics at Williams College.  Mr. Nimetz was born in New York, and received degrees from Williams College and the Harvard Law School where he was president of the Harvard Law Review.  He also has an M.A. from Balliol College, Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.


Daniel Serwer (Ph.D., Princeton) is a Senior Research Professor of Conflict Management, as well as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.  He is also a Scholar at the Middle East Institute.  His current interests are focused on the civilian instruments needed to protect U.S. national security as well as transition and state-building in the Middle East, North Africa and the Balkans.  His Righting the Balance:  How You Can Help Protect America was published in November 2013 by Potomac Books.

Formerly vice president for centers of peacebuilding innovation at the United States Institute of Peace (2009-10), he led teams there working on rule of law, religion, economics, media, technology, security sector governance and gender.  He was also vice president for peace and stability operations at USIP, where he led its peacebuilding work in Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan and the Balkans and served as Executive Director of the Hamilton/Baker Iraq Study Group.  Serwer has worked on preventing interethnic and sectarian conflict in Iraq and has facilitated dialogue between Serbs and Albanians in the Balkans.

He was a minister-counselor at the Department of State, serving from 1994 to 1996 as U.S. special envoy and coordinator for the Bosnian Federation, mediating between Croats and Muslims and negotiating the first agreement reached at the Dayton peace talks. From 1990 to 1993, he was deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, where he led a major diplomatic mission through the end of the Cold War and the first Gulf War.


Boshko Stankovski is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, where he studies as a member of Trinity College. His dissertation is in the field of international law, and deals with issues of sovereignty and conditionality in peace agreements on self-determination and secession disputes. While at PON, he has been researching secession negotiations, focusing on whether there is a requirement to negotiate secession in international law, as well as on different aspects regarding the conduct of the parties in the negotiation process. He holds a BA in law from the University of Saints Cyril and Methodius (Skopje, Macedonia) and MPhil in international relations from the University of Cambridge, UK.


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