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Nikolas Katsimpras
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Nikolas is a lecturer at Columbia University's Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program and adjunct faculty at the Dispute Resolution program of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He also designed and delivers the Conflict Resolution Lab of the graduate program in Development Practice at the School of International and Public Affairs.

A former officer of the Hellenic Navy with extensive international experience, Nikolas has been awarded by the International Institute for Humanitarian Law, in its signature competition on the Law of Armed Conflict. In 2012, he was awarded the Dynamical Systems Theory Fellowship by Columbia University’s Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity, for his research on the peace negotiations in Burma.

Nikolas received his MS in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University and his BS from the Hellenic Naval Academy. He was recently selected as part of Atlantic Council's premier NATO Emerging Leaders program. He is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution and a frequent contributor on Huffington Post. Nikolas is also a freelance consultant on organizational management, focusing on organizational culture and effective conflict resolution in the workplace, and a speaker on organizational change in technology conferences such as O'Reilly's Velocity and DevopsDays.

Entries by Nikolas Katsimpras

How It's Easier to Become a St. Louis Police Officer Than a Barber

(12) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 11:36 AM

Tuesday, August 19, must have been like any other day for council member Dionne Flowers. She must have woken up in the morning, and casually headed to Golden Shears, the family owned beauty salon in Veronica Park, St. Louis, where she has worked for the past several years....

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Greece's Migration Problem: From Samos to Brussels

(3) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 5:59 PM

A Tale From Samos

It was a starless night, a night like many nights, when the beguiling Aegean turned its once inviting crystal blue waters into soulless liquid tar, whipped by the screaming wind and boiling with fury. Imagine being one of thirty tormented souls in pursuit of hope and...

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Beyond Gun Control

(2) Comments | Posted December 30, 2012 | 2:13 PM

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre, the gun control debate has been uncontrollably heating up all around us and that comes as no surprise. Watching the media coverage in mute, one would assume that the political campaign is not over yet, with everyone still arguing over President Obama's...

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Efficacy of Peace Operations in Fragile States: Is It Time for a Major Paradigm Shift?

(6) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 10:53 AM

Notions such as globalization and global governance have been balancing between the realism of our increasing interdependence and the elusive comfort of conspiracy theories. The truth is that we have long lost the luxury of denial and we are irreversibly immersed in a system that is immensely interdependent. The images...

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CGI University 2012: Some Constructive Criticism -- The Necessity for a New Holistic Paradigm in the Humanitarian Field

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 1:33 PM

For the past five years, Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) has brought together undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world in order to engage them against some of the most crucial global challenges. Students submit their projects (commitments) in five focus areas: Education, Environment & Climate Change,...

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Buying Out Our Guilts

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2012 | 12:10 PM

Life is built on inequality, from nature's food chain to our social structures. In order for me to be able to write this piece on my iPad, someone in China produces it under borderline humane conditions. In order for us to be able to afford our fuel gluttony, someone else...

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EU Financial Tug of War and the Greek Catalyst

(2) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 3:48 PM

Conflict is fueled by the perceived divergence of interests. The late reaction of the European Union to the tragic economic developments in Greece could only mean two things, either there was a lack of perception or there was a convergence of interests. The European leaders of the past 30 years...

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