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Stefan is a British political scientist of German origin specialized in international security, civil war, and conflict management. Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer at College of Social Sciences, University of Birmingham and founding editor of Ethnopolitics, an international peer-reviewed scholarly journal, published by Routledge. He holds an MA Degree from Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, and a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Bridging the divide between academia and policy-making, he is widely known for his research work on conflict resolution. He specialises in the management of contemporary challenges of international security, especially in the prevention, management and settlement of ethnic conflicts and in post-conflict stabilisation and state-building in deeply divided and war-torn societies. He has been involved in various phases of conflict settlement processes serving as a consultant on policies of conflict management and prevention at national and European level. Among his many publications are Ethnic Conflict: A Global Perspective (Oxford University Press 2007), Conflict Management in Divided Societies (Routledge 2011), and The European Union as a Global Conflict Manager (Routledge 2012).