Marion Kipianiis a freelance consultant and expert on conflict transformation andpost-conflict recovery, with recent assignments in Georgia, Jordan, and Egypt.She holds a MA in Peace Studies from the University of Hagen and a MSc inBusines Studes. Her research interests cover human rights, civilianpeacebuilding, and good governance/democratization in Eastern Europe and theSouth Caucasus. She has published articles on conflicts in the Caucasus andCaspian Basin regions, Euro-Atlantic integration and regional securitycooperation in the wider Black Sea region, and good governance, peace building,and civic engagement. In addition to her native German, Ms. Kipiani speaksEnglish and French fluently; Spanish, Russian, and Georgian on basicconversational level.