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Dr. Gerard Toal

Guest Speaker

    Professional affiliation

    Political Geographer, Professor, Virginia Tech

    Full Biography

    Gerard Toal is a Professor of Government and International Affairs at Virginia Tech’s campus in Alexandria. A native of Ireland, Dr. Toal writes about US foreign policy, geopolitics and conflict regions. His latest book is Bosnia Remade: Ethnic Cleansing and Its Reversal (Oxford, 2011), which he co-authored with Dr. Carl Dahlman. The work provides an in-depth analysis of the localized geopolitics of displacement and returns in three Bosnian communities from 1992. In research funded by the US National Science Foundation, he is currently examining the internal dynamics and human security situation of four Eurasian de facto states: Transnistria, South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Nagorny Karabakh. His most recent publication, for the British peacebuilding NGO Conciliation Resources, examines whether the return process in Bosnia has lessons for the stalemate over return in Nagorny Karabakh. Dr. Toal is an Associate Editor of Geopolitics and Eurasian Geography and Economics, as well as an editorial board member of Political Geography and Nationalities Papers. He has a PhD in Political Geography from Syracuse University.

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    Major Publications

    G. Toal, C. Dahlman, Bosnia Remade: Ethnic Cleansing and Its Reversal. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.