Conference: Islam in Georgia- State Policy and Vision from Regions

 

On April 5 a conference – “Islam in Georgia– State Policy and Vision from Regions’’  will by held by the Centre for Cultural Relations – Caucasian House

The Conference covers such issues as theological and political aspects of Islam, also Georgian state policy toward Muslim minority. One session will be dedicated to the representatives of Muslim community from the regions. During the conference, the results and main findings of the qualitative social research on integration process of Georgia’s Muslim community conducted by Caucasian House will also be presented.

For further inquries please contact  Rauph Chichinadze (+995 592 810 810 E-mail:rauphi.chichinadze@caucasianhouse.ge )

 

The conference is held by Caucasian House with the financial support of British Embassy Tbilisi.

New Vision of Diaspora – International Experience and Georgian Reality

On March 23,  Caucasian house held a conference “New Vision of Diaspora  –  International Experience and Georgian Reality” in Rooms Hotel Tbilisi. The conference was organized in the framework of the project “Georgian-Russian Dialogue for Peace and Cooperation”, funded by British Embassy in Georgia.

The aim of the conference was sharing of the international diasporic experience and its promotion  regarding Georgian Diaspora in public-political spheres.  The conference was opened by the executive director of Caucasian House Giorgi Kanashvili alongside the representative of the British Embassy Tbilisi in Georgia Sopho Berishvili. Giorgi Kanashvili introduced the content of the project and emphasized the importance of paying attention to large Georgian Diaspora in Russia.  Sopho  Berishvili  talked  about  the  general directions and priorities of Conflict, Stability and Security Fund of British Embassy.

The  first  session  included  the  discussion  of  concrete  countries’  diasporic  experience  by Armenian,  Israeli and Ukrainian experts  and  academics, who focused on characteristics and development  of  diasporic  network,  the  possibility  of  diasporas’  contribution  to  the  social-economic development and how effectively counties with strong diasporas use those resources.

State  Minister  of  Georgia  for  Diaspora  Issues,  Gela  Dumabdze  talked  about  the contemporary approach of government of Georgia toward Georgian Diaspora.  The minister also mentioned that in this direction the work is in the process of rapid development and the interest from Georgian Diaspora’s side is growing as well.

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The second part of the conference was dedicated to the Georgian Diaspora living in Russia which is the biggest Georgian community living abroad. The speakers of the panel were Zurab Abashidze, the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy in Relations with Russia and Boris Berulava, the representative of Georgian diasporic organization “Iveria”.  Zurab Abashidze, during his speech, emphasized the possible ways of incorporating Georgian Diaspora in the normalization of Georgian-Russian relations, though at the first stage Georgian Diaspora itself should be strengthened on the ground. As for the Boris Berulava, he spoke about the history of establishment of Georgian diasporic organization “Iveria” in St. Petersburg, its activities and underlined the importance of participation of Georgian side in their work.

Mariam Gachechiladze, the researcher at Caucasian House made the presentation of main findings of the research done by Caucasian House. The research was conducted in the frames of the project “Georgian-Russian Dialogue for Peace and Cooperation” and its main aim was to identify how strong the Georgian Diaspora organizations are in Russia, how they manage to cooperate and what main problems they are facing during their work. According to the results of the research Georgian Diaspora in Russia has some tangible influence on Georgia; mainly on economy of Georgia (money transfers).  Finally, as Georgian Diaspora doesn’t have institutionally established forms of network it should be enhanced by Georgia.

COURSE IN THE “CIVIC EDUCATION AND CONFLICT ANALYSIS” HAS STARTED

On March 2nd, course in the “Civic Education and Conflict Analysis” was launched. The course aims to give a thorough knowledge of democracy, civic education, human rights, conflict analysis and nationalism issues to the young people living in Georgia. It covers both the lectures and seminars about academic and theoretical issues, as well as informational meetings with representatives of governmental agencies and experts.

The first lecture was held in the Caucasian House. The topic was “The Role of Civil Society in Transitional democracy countries.” The lecture was delivered by Ketevan Vashakidze, President of the European Foundation. She discussed concept of civil society and emphasized the development and importance of civil society in Georgia.

Visit of Russian Experts to Georgia and the forum “New Challenges in the South Caucasus and Georgian-Russian relations”

On 25-28 February, in the framework of the project “Georgian –Russian Dialogue for Peace and Cooperation” Caucasian House hosted the groups of analysts from Russian universities and thinks tanks. During the first two days, invited experts had an opportunity to meet the representatives of Georgian state agencies. Noteworthy among them are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development.

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On 27-28 February in Bakuriani, a two-day forum “New Challenges in the South Caucasus and Georgian-Russian relations” was held between Russian and Georgian analysts. On the meeting, the participants discussed important current issues, such as: regional security, the process of radicalization of Islam in the Caucasus, existing risks for Caucasus in light of deterioration of Russian-Turkish relations, regional economic relations and ongoing as well as future energy projects.

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It should be noted, that during the meetings the participants from both countries attempted to determine and explain the moments of deadlock in bilateral relations between Russia and Georgia for the last 25 years . The open discussion and evaluation of common history enabled the participants the better understanding of another side’s perception. This approach enhanced the constructive discussion of concrete topics included in agenda and was followed by the dynamic and interactive dialogue.

The project is funded by the British government.

Thanks to All!

Our friends, supporters of “Caucasian House”, we want to inform you and the whole society that the 15-year struggle for the “Caucasian House” is over! And it ended for all the good and joy, because this house has always belonged to the society and served to the public since its establishment.
Sincere gratitude to all, especially to ones who stood by our side in the summer 2010, during a difficult period for us. Then government’s decision – to take away the building from the “Caucasian House”, which was restored and reconstructed by European Foundation Horizon and, to pass it to doubtful forces, – caused the general resentment in public. Academics, youth, children, IDPs, national minorities, Caucasian, American and European artists, politicians, Nobel laureates and everyone, who has ever worked with “Caucasian House”, were protesting. If not your devotion, no one knows what would have happened to the organization, which has been a translation center since 1973 and during the past 25 years it is devoted to children and young peoples’ free education, inter-Caucasian peace dialogue, saving of the cultural and natural heritage, professional translation and etc.
The agreement was signed on February 17, 2016, between the “Centre for Cultural Relations – Caucasian House” and the Ministry of Economy, on the basis that the major part of the building, situated on 20 Galaktion Tabidze Street, will be given to the usufruct usage of our organization.
We are grateful to the authorities, who ended this long-standing injustice, taking away so much time and vital power of people.
Dear friends, we hope that we will do a good and productive job together with you in the future as well.
Members of the “Caucasian House”.
February 22nd, 2016

Competition for Participation in the Forum: New Challenges in the South Caucasus and the Georgian-Russian Relations

The Centre for Cultural Relations – Caucasian House invites Georgian experts to participate in the upcoming meeting between Georgian and Russian analysts. The meetings will be held in the framework of “Georgian-Russian Dialogue for Peace and Cooperation” project on February 27-28, 2015.

Project description

Caucasian house has been implementing the project “Georgian-Russian Dialogue for Peace and Cooperation” since 2011 with the financial support of British Embassy, Tbilisi. The aim of the project is the encouragement of open dialogue between Georgian and Russian researchers and the development of recommendations and political alternatives for the decision makers.

In the framework of the above mentioned dialogue, Georgian and Russian experts regularly visit Georgia and Russia. The participants of the projects are granted an opportunity to meet officials and independent experts and to take part in bilateral roundtables in order to discuss current issues related to Russian-Georgian relationship and regional issues as well.
The next meeting will be held in Bakuriani on February 27-28. The topics for discussion are: the security of the South Caucasus – the radicalization of Islam and the deterioration of the relations between Russia and Turkey; Russian-Georgian economic relations and energy security of the region.

All costs including transportation, accommodation, meals are covered by The Centre for Cultural Relations – Caucasian House.

Eligibility

In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria
Call for: citizens on Georgia
Age: 23-45
Professional qualification: researchers, journalists, academics, the representatives of non-governmental organizations and state agencies.
Working language: Russian

Selected candidates will be interviewed. Georgian participants will be selected by The Centre for Cultural Relations – Caucasian House. Russian participants will be selected by the A.Gorchakov Fund in Support of Public Diplomacy

Application procedure:

Please send you CV and cover letter in which you express your motivation to participate in the project to the following e-mail: maia.urushadze@caucasianhouse.ge
Deadline for accepting the applications: 09.02.2016

 

The project is funded by the British Embassy Tbilisi.

CAUCASIAN HOUSE Invites You to Participate in the Course – Civic Education and Conflict Analysis

Content of the Project
“CAUCASIAN HOUSE” together with the NGO “International Alert” is implementing the project “Initiative for Youth Lead Civic Dialogue and Action”. The Project aims to give a thorough knowledge to the young people of the South Caucasus about such issues as democracy, civic education, human rights, conflict analysis and nationalism.

The course consist of two parts. Seminars on academic and theoretical issues will be held twice a week at Caucasian House. The second part will include lectures/talks with politicians and experts, visits to different state agencies and institutions, as well as movie’s screening and debates. Participants will develop knowledge and skills that are important for civic activism and leadership.

After completion of the course, a number of participants will be selected for a workshop in the field of conflict analysis issues. After the workshop, selected participants will take part in a dialogue with youth from across the South Caucasus region, which will be held in autumn, 2016.

The course lasts for two months – during March and April. The lectures will be held twice a week.

Selection Criteria
Age : 20-35 years of age;
Target audience: Students and young experts, willing to acquire or deepen their knowledge of civic education and conflict analysis related topics;
Knowledge of English and Russian languages is preferable.

Application Procedure
Interested candidates please send us your CV and cover letter with well-reasoned arguments of your motivation to participate in the project on the following email address: applicationsch@gmail.com
Application closing date: 14 February;

For further information please contact Revaz Koiava – revaz.koiava@caucasianhouse.ge;
+ 995 599 57 01 05

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About the organizations
’’CAUCASIAN HOUSE’’ is a cultural and educational organization, with the aim of creation ideological and intellectual platform for the peaceful development of Georgia and the Caucasus. ‘’CAUCASIAN HOUSE’’ works on the regional development and integration projects. Our fundamental goal is the peaceful settlement of conflicts in the region and promotion of the minorities’ integration via public diplomacy, cultural and educational programs. ’’CAUCASIAN HOUSE’’ is actively involved in peace processes implementation in the region. It plays an important role in confidence rebuilding between Georgians on the one side and Abkhazians, Ossetians, Russians, Armenians, Azerbaijanians and North Caucasian peoples on the other side.

“INTERNATIONAL ALERT” helps people find peaceful solutions to conflict. It is one of the world’s leading peacebuilding organisations, with 30 years of experience laying the foundations for peace. The organization has been working in the Caucasus since 1993, providing a platform for people from across conflict divides to work together towards positive change. International Alert cooperates with a wide range of people, including business communities, academics, analysts, journalists, teachers and cultural figures. Organization focuses on issues that influence peace, including governance, economics, gender relations and social development.

The International University on Conflict Transformation

On 4th of December the International University on Conflict Transformation came to its end. This was a unique opportunity for Ukrainian, Russian, Moldavian, Belarus, Georgian, Abkhazian, and Ossetian young specialists to raise awareness about the conflicts in our region and in the frame of constructive dialogue to exchange new ideas concerning the conflict transformation.

The study course covered cases of Georgia-Abkhazia, Georgia-Ossetia and Transnistria conflicts; special attention was drawn to the situation around Ukraine. The above mentioned topic was covered by Ukrainian and Russian speakers as well. The Ukrainian case was followed by hot discussion. During the simulation studies the participants trained to work out the possible ways of de-escalation of situation in Syrian.

In addition to the conflicts in post-Soviet space, the Kosovo case and experience of Catalonia were the topics of two last lectures in the course. As the venue was Minsk the organizers used the opportunity and invited two local speakers to deliver speeches regarding foreign policy priorities and economic challenges of Belarus.

The lectures ended with screening the movie “And where do we go now?” filmed by Lebanon director Nadine Labaki. The screening fostered an active discussion about the possible positive role of women in conflict transformation process.

 

The project is funded by the Black Sea Trust, a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States

The International University on Conflict Transformation Has Started

On 30th of November the International University on Conflict Transformation has started in Minsk (Belarus). The goal of the following project is the promotion of the better understanding of the regional conflicts, and the peaceful transformation through conducting a series of lectures.

During the first three days ware discussed number of different topics like: Georgian conflicts, relationship between Russia and Ukraine, foreign policy of Russia and its priorities. It should also be mentioned that participants of the project had possibility to work out the possible solutions of Syrian crisis through simulation game. Also the hosting speakers covered topics dedicated toward foreign policy and economical vectors.

The upcoming days will be dedicated toward Ukrainian internal politics with special focus on non-controlled territories and the possible ways of solution. And through analyzing the Catalonia and Kosovo cases identify the European approach toward conflict transformation process. The training course ends up by screening movie on 4th of December.

 

Public Lecture Series on Russia’s Foreign Policy Finished

The public lecture series on the Russian Foreign Policy, organized by the Caucasian House, were successfully held in the Tbilisi State University (TSU). The lectures were delivered by Dr. ANDREY MAKARYCHEV, Guest Professor at the University of Tartu, Estonia.

During the first lecture, the issues of the Russian identity and the sources of the Euroscepticism were discussed. The next lecture was focused on the Russia’s neighborhood policy. The cases of Georgia, Estonia and Ukraine were discussed as exemplary. The last lecture was dedicated to the debate on securitization in Russia.
Students, researches and other interested attended the lectures.

The lectures were conducted during November 28 – December 1 as part of the project Georgian-Russian Dialogue for Peace and Cooperation, funded by the British Embassy Tbilisi.

 

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