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Conflict Tipping Podcast 29: Conflict prevention math with Neli Kirilova

Power Perception and Conflict Prevention in the Black Sea Region: A Conversation with Neli Kirilova

In this episode of ‘Conflict Tipping Podcast,’ host Laura May speaks with Neli Kirilova, a researcher focused on power perception and conflict prevention in the Black Sea Region.

Kirilova discusses why the Black Sea region is a nexus for conflict, largely due to cultural, religious, and linguistic diversity. She also delves into how foreign policy strategies can signal triggers for potential conflicts and effectively prevent escalation. The conversation then turns to discussing the importance of psychology and therapy in leadership.


  • The Black Sea region and conflict
  • Influence and the six elements of power
  • Conflict prevention by formula
  • Applying conflict prevention
  • Refocusing on the constructive
  • What’s next for Neli?

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Laura May

Laura is a freelancer, former Executive Director of the International Mediation Institute and a negotiation and mediation lecturer.  Her doctoral research asked “in what ways does blame make villains in politics” and covered the gamut from literature studies and linguistics to psychology and neuroscience, victimology to political science.  Her expertise includes emotions,… MORE >

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