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Mary Heimann served on an international panel of experts convened in Kiev (Kyiv), Ukraine 26-28 March 2015. The meeting was organised under the framework of the NATO Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes in collaboration with the Austrian Defense Academy and aimed at promoting regional stability in the South Caucasus. Participants included representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh; Georgia and South Ossetia; Moldova; Russia; Ukraine and Crimea; Austria, Canada, Germany, the UK and the USA. The group examined regional conflicts through the novel use of historical comparison and simulated negotiations, with the goal of formatting policy recommendations for subsequent distribution to decision makers. Professor Heimann spoke on strategic patience and the peaceful division of Czechoslovakia and stressed the obstacle posed to negotiations when conflicted parties see themselves as 'blameless victims' or label entire groups as 'perpetrators'.