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Craig Oliphant

Senior Research Associate

Craig is a Senior Advisor in the NGO sector, focusing on conflict-related issues. He works at the London-based Peaceful Change Initiative (PCi) and was previously (2011-15) at Saferworld, as policy advisor on Europe/Central Asia. Until the end of 2010 he worked for several years in the diplomatic service and was Head of the Eastern Research Group at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, dealing with Russia and Eastern Europe. From 1996-99 he was Senior Advisor to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (1996-99), based in The Hague.

Previous experience included a number of years as Senior Lecturer/Analyst at the Conflict Studies Research Centre RMA Sandhurst (1988-96). During part of that period he was attached for 2 years to NATO as an advisor on East/Central European Affairs, in the Private Office of the NATO Secretary General. In the early 1980s, he was a Research Analyst on Soviet Affairs at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich. He holds a MA Honours degree in Modern Languages from the University of St Andrews. Craig is a member of IISS, RUSI and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has published widely on Russia and former Soviet affairs. In October 2016 he was elected Vice-President of the Council of Europe Advisory Committee for the FCNM (Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities). He was awarded the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in June 2011.

Craig's recent work in the NGO sphere has contributed to a number of regional reports including the publications North Caucasus: views from within and Putting People First: Reducing frontline tensions in Armenia and Azerbaijan,Nagorny Karabakh.

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