Ana Uzelac

Former Senior Research Fellow


  • Conflict and Fragility
  • Politics and Crime
  • Aid Architecture
  • Migration
  • Migration and Conflict

A political scientist by training, Ana Uzelac has worked as a reporter and a policy advisor in the humanitarian sector before joining the Clingendael’s Conflict Research Unit. She brings to CRU over 15 years of experience of field work in various political upheavals and protracted crises across the world – from Eastern Europe to Horn of Africa and the Middle East.

Ana has a life-long interest in human mobility, and the ways in which it shapes the world we live in. She is particularly interested in the politics of forced displacement, demographic rearrangements in the root of - or caused by - violent conflicts, and the way in which economic, personal and political interact, resulting in migratory flows. Underlying all this is critical curiosity about state as a model for organising human societies and its challenges, advantages and limitations in the rapidly globalising world.

Ana feels most comfortable in the murky philosophical space where norms overlap with interests and sees politics also as an art of operationalizing and negotiating between different value systems. She hopes that the research work she does can assist policy-makers in identifying practical solutions that uphold some of the key shared universal values, resulting in less and less violent conflicts, protection of vulnerable, and increased space for everyone to realize their human potential in dignity.

Previous experience

  • Norwegian Refugee Council - Lebanon (2014-2016)
  • CARE International – Jerusalem (2012-2014)
  • CARE Nederland – The Hague (2009-2012)
  • Impunity Watch (2005-2009)
  • Reporting work from former Yugoslavia, the former Soviet Union and war crimes trials (1994-2005)

Recent field research

Lebanon (2017)

My work



Conflict and Fragility

A big idea for a better response to Syrian displacement

26 March 2019 - 10:23
Strategic Foresight

Migration and Security

07 February 2019 - 13:27
Conflict and Fragility

How the Syrian regime controls refugee return: four tools

17 September 2018 - 17:00
Conflict and Fragility

How anti-refugee narratives waste aid and human lives

04 September 2018 - 14:54
Conflict and Fragility

Leveraging funds & political capital in Lebanon’s refugee crisis

30 July 2018 - 08:58
Conflict and Fragility

Protecting refugee social capital in protracted displacement

20 July 2018 - 18:14
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