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.
- 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