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Sinisa Vukovic

Sinisa Vukovic

Senior Lecturer

Director of the Master of Arts in Global Policy (MAGP)


Dr. Siniša Vuković is Senior Lecturer of Conflict Management and Global Policy, and the Director of the Master of Arts in Global Policy Program (MAGP). Previously, he was the Associate Director of the Conflict Management Program (2018-2021). His research focuses on various forms of international conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation. He has published in a range of scholarly journals such as Journal of Peace Research, Cooperation and Conflict, Global Policy, The Washington Quarterly, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Swiss Political Science Review, Millennium Journal of International Studies, International Journal of Conflict Management, International Negotiation, Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, and Ethnopolitics, policy-relevant outlets such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, European Council on Foreign Relations, World Economic Forum, Sustainable Security, and Policy Forum, and contributed to several edited volumes with book chapters. His is the author of International Multiparty Mediation and Conflict Management (Routledge, 2017), and Rethinking Conflict Management and Resolution (with I. William Zartman; Edward Elgar, 2023), and the co-editor of Revisiting the Ripeness Debate (with Tetsuro Iji; Routledge, 2022). His current book projects include: The International Negotiation Process (with P. Terrence Hopmann), and The Research Handbook on the Politics of International Agreements (with P. Terrence Hopmann, Edward Elgar, 2024). He has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses related to the field of conflict management, with a particular focus on the process of negotiation and mediation. He is also a visiting professor at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University, and at the Amsterdam University College, University of Amsterdam. He received his PhD in International Relations and Conflict Resolution at Leiden University, an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy from Leiden University and The Netherlands Institute of International Relations “Clingendael”, and a BA (laurea) in Political Science from University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He is the recipient of many research grants, including “Rubicon” from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), and Gerda Henkel Foundation research grant.
Edited volumes
Special issue – editor
  • Rim, H. & Vuković, S. (2024), Maritime competition and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. Pacific Review (forthcoming).
  • Vuković, S., Dora Dore, G. M., & Paz, G. (2024). Peacebuilding and its discontents: exogenous and endogenous trends in post-conflict Colombia. Global Policy (forthcoming).
  • Owsiak, A., Vuković, S., & Druckman, D. (2024). Managing the Complexity of Contemporary Conflicts. International Journal of Conflict Management, 35(1)
  • Vuković, S., & Iji, T. (2022). Revisiting the “Ripeness” DebateEthnopolitics, 21(2)
  • Zartman, I.W., & Vuković, S. (2019). New Diplomacy for New ConflictsGlobal Policy, 10(2)
Peer-review academic and policy journals
Edited volumes
  • Vuković, S. (2024). Identity and Peace Negotiations: Lessons for Theory and Practice. In Meerts, P., and Anstey, M. (eds.), Negotiating Identity. Manchester University Press. (forthcoming)
  • Vuković, S., & Martin, D. (2023). When do Mediators Say ‘No’: US’ Resistance to Mediate the Gulf Diplomatic Crisis. In Fraihat, I. and Svensson, I. (eds.), Mediation in the Arab World. (pp. 245-279) Syracuse University Press.
  • Vuković, S. & Fechner, P.J (2023) Norm-contestation in the South China Sea Dispute. In Rim, H. J. & Platte, J. (eds.), Indo-Pacific Strategies and Foreign Policy Challenges: The US-China Strategic Competition. (pp. 79-97). Routledge
  • Vuković, S. (2021). International Mediation and Norm Diffusion. In Turner, C. (ed.), ReThinking Peace Mediation. (pp. 37-53). Bristol University Press.
  • Vuković, S. (2020). Debunking the Myths of International Mediation: Conceptualizing Bias, Power and Success. In Hosli M.O. and Selleslaghs J. (eds.), The Changing Global Order. (pp. 429-451). Springer
  • Vuković, S. (2019). Securitization and Conflict Management. In Butler, M. (ed.), Securitization, Revisited: Contemporary Applications and Insights. (pp. 145-167). Routledge
  • Vuković, S. (2019). EU Mediation in Montenegro: Satisficing, Formulation and Manipulation in International Mediation. In Schuessler, R. (ed.), Focal Points in Negotiation. (pp. 175-201). Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 175-201.
  • Vuković, S. (2019). Mediating Closure: Driving toward Mutually Enticing Opportunities (MEOs). In Zartman, I.W. (ed.), When is Enough? How Negotiations End. (pp. 185-200). Cambridge University Press
  • Vuković, S., & Hopmann, P.T. (2019). Satisficing in International Mediation: Framing, Justifying and Creating Outcomes in Peacemaking. In Wilkenfeld J., Beardsley K. and Quinn D. (eds.). Research Handbook on Mediating International Crisis. (pp. 109-123). Edward Edgar.
  • Vuković, S. (2017). International Multiparty Mediation. In Georgakopolos, A. (ed.), The Handbook of Mediation: Theory, Research and Practice. (pp. 305-315). New York, NY: Routledge
  • Vuković, S. (2015). Serbia: Moderation as a Double-Edged Sword. In Zartman, I.W. (ed.), Arab Spring: Negotiations in the Shadow of Intifadat (pp. 364-361). Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.
  • Meerts, P., & Vuković, S. (2015). Reputation and Egotiation: The Impact of Self-Image on the Negotiator. In Martinovsky, B. (ed.), Emotion in Group Decision and Negotiation (pp. 73-99). Amsterdam: Springer.
  • Vuković, S. (2014). EU mediation in Montenegro: Normative Power as a Source of Linkage Strategies and Non-Material Side Payments. In Andreatta, F. and Castelli, E. (eds.), Solutions and Failures in Identity Conflicts (pp. 205-225). Trento: FBK Press.
  • Groeneveld-Savisaar, M., & Vuković, S. (2011). Terror, Muscle and Negotiation: Failure of Multiparty Mediation in Sri Lanka. In Zartman, I.W. & Faure, G.O. (eds.), Engaging Extremists: Trade-Offs, Timing and Diplomacy (pp. 105-135). Washington DC: US Institute of Peace Press.
Expert reports
  • Vuković, S. (2019), Engineering an Endgame in Afghanistan. The Wilson Centre, Asia Program. Washington, DC.
  • Janjić, D., Kisić, I., Mihajlović, M., Risheg, F., Vuković, S., & Jovanović, V. (2019), Review Report on Monitoring the Internal Dialogue on Kosovo. Forum for Ethnic Relations. Belgrade.
  • Vuković, S. (2019), The Regional Impact of Protracted Belgrade-Pristina Negotiations
  • A View from Montenegro (SWOT Analysis), CEPS. Belgrade.
Articles in policy outlets



  • Balkans
  • Middle East
  • South China Sea
  • Latin America


  • Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
  • Peace Mediation
  • Conflict Analysis
  • Crisis Management
  • Ethnic Conflict
  • International Relations
  • Peacekeeping
  • Peacebuilding
  • Reconciliation
  • Terrorism
  • Treaty Negotiations


  • Montenegrin (BSCM languages)
  • Italian

In the News

What Montenegro’s future government means for the Western Balkans.

Sinisa Vukovic wrote for European Council on Foreign Relations, 9/15

Intractable Syria - case study of what does and does not lead to an unmanageable crisis.

Sinisa Vukovic interviewed on Humanities Matter podcast, 2/25

Engineering an endgame in Afghanistan.

Sinisa Vukovic wrote for the Wilson Center Asia Program, 2/21