Every Assassination Led into a Circle of Violence: An Interview with Christian Axboe Nielsen on his Research and Forthcoming Book on the Yugoslav State Security Service’s “Illegal Operations”

Ondřej Vojtěchovský

Christian Axboe Nielsen is an associate professor of history and human security at Aarhus University in Denmark, where he regularly lectures on the history of South Eastern Europe and other topics. Besides his academic career, he worked as an analyst and external consultant for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague and witnessed at five trials including the trial of Radovan Karadžić. Currently he is conducting research on the state security and intelligence services of socialist Yugoslavia. The activity of Yugoslav state security (UDBA, SDB) was a topic of Professor Nielsen’s presentation at the Prague conference on the 100th anniversary of Cheka in November 2017. His book "Yugoslavia and Political Assassinations. The History and Legacy of Tito’s Campaign Against the Émigrés" on violent operations of Yugoslav secret service against political émigrés is scheduled for publication in November 2020.

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