On 24 March 2021, Ambassador Lamberto Zannier addressed the issue of ‘Minorities in International Relations’ in a lecture attended by MEDAC’s students and academic staff.
Amb. Zannier spoke of his experience as the High Commissioner on National Minorities of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and focused on guidelines and thematic recommendations as well as best practice approaches developed by this office to address situations in which tensions involving national minorities could develop into conflict.
This involves identifying and addressing cases of tensions and conflicts as well as short-term triggers and long-term structural concerns.
Amb. Zannier engaged in a lively Question and Answer session with MEDAC’s postgraduate students, which covered issues such as the role of youth, media, education, understanding of history and approaches towards disputed monuments. Amb. Zannier currently serves as High Level Expert with the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
His career included engagements with the United Nations, Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, apart from bilateral and multilateral diplomatic posts. He authored publications on international affairs, conflict prevention and crisis management issues.