German diplomat who headed the OSCE/ODIHR Mission to observe the presidential elections in Georgia in 2008. As an Ambassador he headed the German OSCE Representation in Vienna from 2002 to 2005. From 1999-2002, he acted as the UN Secretary General's Special Representative in Georgia. In 1995 he became Head of the OSCE Mission in Georgia and, from 1999 to 2002, went back to the Caucasus as UN Special Representative to the Secretary General in Georgia and Head of UNOMIG. Dr. Boden is now an Adjunct Professor of International Relations at the University of Potsdam. He holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Philology from Hamburg University.
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