Borislava Manojlovic is the Director of Research Projects and Adjunct Professor at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University. Borislava is an expert in conflict analysis and resolution, dealing with the past, education in post-conflict settings and atrocities prevention. She worked on minorities and reconciliation related issues with the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in both Croatia and Kosovo for more than seven years. The experience of wars in the Balkans in the 1990s and her desire to understand the roots of violent conflicts have shaped her life trajectory and dedication to conflict prevention and peacemaking. Before joining the School for Diplomacy and International Relations, she has been the Director of Research with the Genocide Prevention Program at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University. She also serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) and she is a member of IAGS Executive Board. IAGS is a top scholarly organization in the field of genocide and conflict prevention. She is also a member of the Agirre Center in the Basque Country, a prestigious research collaborative of top scholars from Columbia University, Seton Hall University, George Mason University and the University of the Basque Country.
As a teacher, Borislava’s focus has been on developing new pedagogical strategies, methods and curricula that would inspire students to pursue academic and personal excellence. Specifically, she has developed original syllabi and exercises for numerous traditional, online and study-abroad courses that she taught such as Conflict Resolution in Plural Societies (Spring 2015); EU Dynamics and Development (Fall 2014, graduate); Memory, History and Conflict: Dealing with the Past in the Aftermath of Mass Violence (CONF 695, Summer 2013, 2014; graduate study abroad course in Kosovo and Serbia); Peacemaking and Peacekeeping (DIPL 6004, Spring 2014, 2015, graduate); EU External Relations (DIPL 6403; Spring 2014; Fall 2014, graduate); Culture and Conflict Resolution (CONF 695; Summer 2014, graduate online); Microtheories of Conflict Resolution (CONF 695; Fall 2013, Spring 2014, 2015 graduate, online); Introduction to Conflict Analysis and Resolution (graduate level course, Spring 2012), Theories of Conflict and Resolution (undergraduate level course, Fall 2012), Conflict and Education (graduate level course; Fall 2012 and Spring 2013).
She has represented the International Association of Genocide Scholars at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (ECOSOC) where she spoke about the work of association in genocide prevention. Borislava also spoke at a high profile partners meeting of the Global Action against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC) at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations, New York (8-9 December 2014).
Her most recent publications are journal articles “Responsibility and Peace Activism: Lessons from the Balkans” published in the International Journal of Conflict Engagement and Resolution and a chapter “NGOs as a Vehicle for Collective Action” published in the Handbook of Conflict Resolution (2014) co-authored with Andrea Bartoli and Mark Magellan.
She has been awarded a prestigious Research Fellowship at the Institute of International Relations, the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she conducted research and taught mediation practice. As a research fellow at the Georg Eckert Institute in Germany, she explored how memory of atrocities and genocide influence relationships among different ethnic groups in the Balkans.
Borislava serves as the Associate Editor of the Global Studies Journal and the Guest Editor of the Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal (GSP).
As the Research Director at Seton Hall’s School of Diplomacy, Borislava has been the principal investigator/lead researcher for the following projects:
- Learning from Experience – Love and Forgiveness in Governance
The aim of this project is to explore the importance of love and forgiveness for the leaders in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states. This project aims to create a network of high officials who have not only been exposed to, but have also been practicing love and forgiveness in governance. (For more information on the project please visit: http://blogs.shu.edu/diplomacyresearch/)
- Learning from Experience – Forgiving Prisoners and Their Insights on Love and Forgiveness
This project examines the connection between imprisonment and prisoners’ perspectives on forgiveness. It entails a comprehensive research of existing materials about the cases of leaders who lived through prison experience, which influenced and transformed their views on love and forgiveness, and later informed their governance work strategies. (For more information on the project please visit: http://blogs.shu.edu/diplomacyresearch/)
- Basque Government Peace Plan Review
The Basque Government has recently approved the "Plan for Peace and Coexistence” that suggests ways, which would create conditions for sustainable peace. The goal of this project is to conduct an external assessment and feedback on the peace plan. ( For report, please see: https://www.irekia.euskadi.net/assets/attachments/3991/Assessment_report.pdf )
- Euskadi Peace Process Scenarios
The primary purpose of this project is to advance a multi-year research agenda focused on understanding the uniqueness of the Euskadi situation by studying perceptions, reasoning, actions and decisions of the individual actors in the Euskadi peace process.
- The Basque Social Economic Model: A Lonergan Perspective
The aim of this project is to utilize Bernard Lonergan’s economic analysis for a case study of the Basque economy and the Basque model of sustainable human development. Our objectives are: to plan and convene a working group with international subject matter experts in Bilbao, Spain; and to facilitate eliciting data on Circulation Analysis and Lonergan Economics.
- GPANet – Genocide Prevention Advisory Network
The project consisted of providing research/administrative support for the establishment of international network of experts on the causes, consequences, and prevention of genocide and other mass atrocities. Its members provide risk assessments and advice to all interested parties, including the UN, individual governments, regional organizations, non-governmental organizations, and any other international political grouping that designs and promotes policies aimed at preventing and mitigating mass atrocities that have or may acquire genocidal dimensions. (See: http://www.gpanet.org/)
- GAAMAC – Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes
The project consists of providing research/administrative support to GAAMAC, which is a state-led initiative to prevent mass atrocity crimes (war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, and ethnic cleansing). It focuses on prevention at the national and regional level. GAAMAC supports states engaged in preventing mass atrocity crimes and it assists states that are considering developing preventive strategies. It serves as a platform for exchange and dissemination of learning and good practices. (See: http://www.gaamac.org/)
- Ph.D., George Mason University
- M.A., Brandeis University
- Individual and Official Narratives of Conflict in Croatia: Schools as Sites of Memory Production
- Practice of Reconciliation and Responsibility for Peace
- Culture and Peacemaking
Culture, Gender and Mediation: Challenges and Lessons Learned
BRICS Policy Center Paper. Vol. 3, Issue 1. BRICS Center, Brazil
- NGOs as a Vehicle for Collective Action
- Responsibility and Peace Activism: Lessons from the Balkans
- Global Citizens, Cross-Cultural Exchange and Individual Agency
- Dealing with Contentious Past in Croatia: Portrayal of the Collective Traumas of the Second World War in History Textbooks
- Research Fellowship at the Institute of International Relations, the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2014)
- Drucie French Cumbie Research Fellowship for outstanding research in the field of conflict analysis and resolution, S-CAR (2008 – 2013)
- Georg Eckert Research Fellowship for outstanding research awarded by the Georg Eckert Institute, Germany (2012)
- Graduate Student Research Award, George Mason University (2011, 2012) - Brandeis University Scholarship (2006 - 2008)
- European Commission grant for Civilian Aspects of Crises Management Training in Rochester, the United Kingdom (2006)