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The project ‘International intervention, democracy and political parties: assessing the external dimension of democratisation processes in the Balkans and the former Soviet Union’ is headed by Dr André Gerrits and funded by the Dutch National Science Foundation NWO. It involves shared supervision arrangements between CSD and the UvA for three doctoral candidates at the University of Amsterdam. The three research projects are on international party support to: 1) Serbia; 2) Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo; 3) Ukraine and Georgia.

Dedicated workshops have been staged specially for this programme at the University of Warwick in 2007 and 2008. An international workshop is being organised under Dr. Gerrits’ direction at the University of Amsterdam in November 2008, on ‘The international dimension of political party (system) development’. Peter Burnell will be making a presentation on closing the gap between international party aid and international legislative strengthening, among other invited speakers and doctoral candidates.