Ukraine’s Strategy for Building Relations with the Population of Crimea and Donbass. Lessons Learnt from Georgia for Ukraine

Already for more than a year, the international community’s agenda has been dominated by the issue of settling the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. For the first time since world war II, one state has annexed part of the territory of another state. for the first time the newly created term, “hybrid war” has entered the international relations discourse. for the first time the world faces the large-scale use of misleading terms, and cynical falsification of facts.

Economic Reforms: Market Liberalization VS Social Responsibility Lessons Learnt from Georgia for Ukraine

Since September 2014, within the frameworks of the project Ukraine – Out of Crisis through Dialogue, three working visits of Ukrainian experts and journalists to Georgia were organized, to study positive and negative aspects of Georgian reforms. In addition, three round tables were held, with the participation of experts from Ukraine, Georgia, Russia, EU countries. As a result, participants of project prepared several analytical materials.

The Visit of Georgian Diaspora to Tbilisi

The Centre for Cultural Relations – Caucasian House (Tbilisi, Georgia) invites you to Tbilisi to participate in the upcoming visit of the Georgian diaspora, organized in the framework of the “Georgian-Russian dialogue for peace and cooperation” project.

The purpose of the visit

October, 25-30, the Caucasian House organizes an informative and cultural visit to Tbilisi of the Georgian diaspora representatives residing in Russia. The goal of the event is to maintain and strengthenthe relationships between Georgia’s civil society and the Georgian diaspora in Russia. The participants would be able to establish the necessary contacts and discuss the opportunities of the positive influence on the normalization of the Georgia- Russia bilateral relations.

Only ten participants would be able to take part in the event. They would have an opportunity to meet with the representatives of the Georgian government, local NGOs, experts, and with the representatives of the scientific and educational institutions.The Georgian diaspora members would be able to acquire first source information concerning the current social, political, and cultural environment in Georgia. That would help to form direct contacts, strengthenthe reciprocity and identification of the new possible spheres of cooperation between Georgia and its diaspora in Russia.

The Caucasian House covers all expenses (travel and accommodation).

 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Age 22-45
  • Professional experience: occupation in the social, cultural, or educational spheres; relevant academic activity in political science and socio- economic spheres.

 

APPLICATION CRITERIA

The applicants should send the documents listed bellow to the following e-mail address: applicationsch@gmail.com

  • CV
  • Photo (3×4)
  • Motivation letter that should include your sphere of the professional activities and how the upcoming visit would reflect on it; mention the government institutions and the NGO representatives with whom you would like to arrange a meeting.
  • CV and the motivation letter could be written on both Georgian and Russian

The deadline is the 25 September 2015

The applicant would receive the final notice about the application status no later than 5th October

 

FURTHUR INFORMATION

For further information please contact the project officer – Maia Urushadze

Contacts: maia.urushadze@caucasianhouse.ge; +995 577 77 21 23

The project is funded by the British Embassy in Tbilisi.

Please follow the link to download the application from in Russian

Annual university on conflicts and Development has finished

Annual university on conflicts and Development has finished in Batumi.
During a week (18-24 May)  young professionals and researchers from Georgia, Ukraine, Russia, Moldova and EU have participated in the project. The aim of the Annual University on conflicts and development was to support better understating of the on-going conflicts in the region through lectures and discussions and promoting free intellectual space for conflict resolution. Lectures were delivered by Georgian, Ukrainian, Russian and European specialist.
On the final day and a trip was organized for participants in Machakheli Valley were students had a chance to experience local culture, traditions and history.

Annual University on Conflicts and Development was organized with the financial support of the British Embassy in Kyiv.

Summing up Visit to Lviv

On April 20-21, representatives from Caucasian House and Institute of Nationalism and Conflict Research with correspondent of Radio Freedom held number of meetings with Internally Displaced People from Donbass and Crimea living in Lviv, also meetings were held with historians, social activists and Mayor of Lviv.

Alimom Aliev, one of the founders of the Public Initiative “Crimea SOS” provided Georgian experts with detailed information regarding his organization and its activities. Also he gave a general overview regarding the situation of IDPs from Crimea, what challenges they are facing today and what are their stances. According to his words majority of Crimean Tatars consider Ukraine as their big motherland but they are eager to go back to small motherland – Crimea. With the invitation of Alimom Aliev, Georgian delegation was invited to public meeting with Akhtem Seitablaev, director of the first Crimean Tatar movie “Haytarma”, devoted to the most painful event in the nation’s history – the Stalin-era deportation to Central Asia in May 1944.

For better understanding of “Ukrainian Nationalism” and current situation in western Ukraine, Georgian experts held a meeting with Vladimir Pavliv, Historian, publicist and social activist. He gave his view over the current situation in Ukraine. He explained what the main risks are facing Ukraine today and why nationalist might become very dangerous. He stressed the point that government should strengthen the unity of Ukraine in different directions; for instance better infrustraction system should be implemented and etc.

Georgian delegation also met Miroslav Marinovich, the Soviet dissident, Ukrainian human rights defender, professor and deputy director of Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. He gave a brief description of main Christian denominations in Ukraine, shortly described their influence on society.  He marked the need of reconciliation between Russia and Ukraine. He said that there is this possibility but first Russian government should confess that Russia is the part of the conflict.

Georgian experts had a possibility to meet Andrey Sodovoy, Mayor of Lviv. The Mayor provided the Georgian representatives with detailed information regarding the programs for IDPs. He stated that Lviv was the first city that adopted the strategy for assistance of IDPs. The main programs are oriented toward medical, legal and social assistance of IDPs. He marked the importance of effective implementation of reforms in Ukraine and reduction of bureaucratic system.

During the official trip to Ukraine Georgian experts held more than 15 meetings in three cities: Kyiv, Kharkiv and Lviv. Main aim of the visit was to receive information regarding the current situation in Ukraine, particularly, regarding the situation with IDPs.

The meeting was organized in the frame of Caucasian House’s project “Ukraine – out of Crisis through Dialogue” with the financial support of the British Embassy in Kyiv.

Annual University on Conflicts and Development – Call for applications

The Centre for Cultural Relations – Caucasian House (Tbilisi, Georgia) invites you to  participate in a competition for taking part in “Annual University on Conflict and Development” organized in the framework of the project “Ukraine –Out of the Crisis through Dialogue.”

 

CONTENT OF THE PROJECT

In September 2014, Caucasian House started to implement the project Ukraine – out of the Crisis through a Dialogue, supported by the British embassy Kyiv. The goal of the project is twofold: on the one hand promoting transformation of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia through organizing face-to-face meetings in Georgia among Russian and Ukrainian experts, representatives of civil society and mid-career officials, and on the other hand supporting Ukraine’s political and economic transformation by sharing Georgia’s experience. A partner organization from Ukraine is the Institute of World Policy.

 

Following University is a continuation of this process. It focuses on increasing confidence among Ukrainian and Russian future leaders and potential decision-makers through raising awareness about conflicts and types of solutions through promoting rational discussions. It is a unique opportunity for young professionals from Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, EU and Georgia to engage in this process and develop new ideas on conflict transformation between Ukraine and Russia.
Invited international speakers as well as speakers from the region will deliver lectures on the nature of conflicts in the post-soviet space and based on case–studies, ongoing conflicts in the region and around the world will be analyzed.
All in all, 32 participants from Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, EU and Georgia will attend six-day (18-23 May) lecture series on conflict analysis in Batumi, Georgia. The lectures will be held in Russian.

 

All expenses (including transportation, accommodation, and feeding) will be covered by Caucasian House

 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

 

  • Age: 22-35 years;
  • Education: Graduates of social sciences, international
    relations, journalism and other related disciplines and/or students of
    final year;
  • Languages: Knowledge of Russian language is required.

 

 

APPLICATION PPROCESS

 

Interested applicants please send your CV’s and letters of motivation on the email: ana.dvali@caucasianhouse.ge

Deadline: 05.05.2015

 

FURTHUR INFORMATION

 For further information please contact Ana Dvali, project coordinator; ana.dvali@caucasianhouse.ge; +995 577 77 04 09

“Annual University on Conflict and Development” is organized in the framework of the project “Ukraine –Out of the Crisis through Dialogue” funded the British Embassy in Kyiv.