Public Discussion – Current Situation in Ukraine and the Ways of Conflict De-escalation

The on-going events in the South-East Ukrainian regions showed that the Minsk Agreement of September 5 2014 has not been effective enough. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has reported that at least 262 people were killed due to the hostilities during nine days, between 13 and 21 January. After the Minsk Agreement, this was the first time that the situation got so tense.

Considering this background Caucasian House is organizing the public discussion on – Current Situation in Ukraine and the Ways of Conflict De-escalation

Date: 5.02.2015

Address: 20 Tabidze str., Caucasian House

Working Language: Russian

Free Entrance!

 

Agenda:
12:00-12:20 Yuliya Bidenko, Karazin Kharkov National University – Situation at the conflict zone
12:20-12:40 Timur Alevsky,  Journalist  Echo Moskvi – Donbass Crisis from Journalist’s Prospective
12:40 -13:00 Elena Zakharova, International Centre for Policy Studies – National Dialogue in Ukraine: Aims, Achievements and Challenges
13:00 -13:20 Sergey Utkin, Center for Situation Analyzes – Search for the  Solutions to the Ukrainian Crisis
13:20-14:00 – Discussion

 

The public discussion is held in the framework of the project Ukraine – out of the Crisis through Dialogue financed by The Conflict Pool of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Georgian Experts and Representatives of “Caucasian House” Visit Ukraine

The official visit of Georgian experts to Kiev, organized by Caucasian House, starts today, January 26. During four days, until January 29, a number of public lectures, round-table discussions as well as meetings with local experts will be held.
The goal of the visit is two-fold. First and more importantly, Georgian experts will share their experience with Ukrainian colleagues regarding the issues that interest the Ukrainian society. Additionally, the Georgian delegation will receive up-to-date information on the current developments in Ukraine directly from the grassroots level, i.e. local NGO representatives and experts.
On January 26, Caucasian House together with its partner organization – Institute of World Policy – will hold a public discussion: “Ukraine-Russia: Conditions of Peaceful Coexistence.” Speakers include Volodymyr Ohryzko, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (2007-2009) and Georgi Kunadze, Deputy of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia (1991-1993).
On January 27, a round table “Georgian Experience for Ukraine” will be organized with participation of Georgian and Ukrainian experts in order to discuss the issues related to the problems of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and tax reform. Iulia Kharashvili, the Chair of IDP Women Association “Consent”, will speak about Georgia’s experience in dealing with challenges facing IDPs. Samson Uridia, the Head of Foreign Relations Department of the Revenue Service of Georgia, will discuss the opportunities and challenges of tax reform in Georgia. Ukrainian experts will have an opportunity to share their views on these issues for the meeting to be interactive.
For the in-depth study of the current developments in Ukraine, during January 28-29, representatives of Caucasian House, Giorgi Kanashvili and Tato Khundadze will visit Odessa to meet representatives of local NGOs as well as the Odessa branch of the Centre for Strategic Studies under the Auspices of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine. The goal of the meetings is to establish close ties with the local NGOs and think tanks in Odessa. The meetings will discuss the importance of including regions of Ukraine in the peace dialogue on the civil society level.
The visit of Georgian experts in Ukraine is organized within the project Ukraine out of Crisis through the Dialogue implemented by Caucasian House and funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Ukraine – out of the Crisis through Dialogue

Since 2014 Caucasian House has started to implement the project Ukraine – out of the Crisis through Dialogue in 2014 with the financial support of British government.
From 23th till 30th of November the first working visit was organized to Georgia. The Ukrainian group comprised of the representatives of civil society, non-government organizations, think-tanks and media.
During the visit the Ukrainian experts had official meetings with the representatives of governmental and non-governmental institutions. The aim of the meetings was to share the experience of Georgian reforms with Ukrainian colleagues.
The second component of the project was the face-to-face meetings. On 28th-29th of November Ukrainian, Georgian, Russian and European experts attended two day forum in Kvareli,. The Forum emphasized the importance of decreasing confrontation and promoting an increase of rational attitudes among Russian and Ukrainian experts through constructive discussions and promoting joint initiatives.

Public Discussion – The Analysis of Ukraine’s Internal and External Political Situation

Caucasian House is organizing a public discussion on Ukraine’s internal and external political situation.

Date:  27 November at 13:30

Venue: Tbilisi State University, Building I, Room # 107. 1 Chavchavadze Ave.

Speaker one: Yaroslav Kovalchuk, Director of Internal Policy Department at the International Centre for Policy Studies – Political Situation in Ukraine after the presidential elections.

Speaker two: Viktor Shlinchak, Chair of the Board at the Institute of World Policy – Russian-Ukrainian relations in light of the annexation of Crimea and recent developments in Donbas.

Working Language:  Russian

Attendance is free.

The public discussion is held in the framework of the project “Ukraine – out of Crisis through Dialogue” financed by The Conflict Pool of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Peace and Nonviolence Training in the Caucasus

The project aims to bring young people from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Georgia, Poland, and Russia and raise their knowledge about conflict dynamics and practical conflict resolution mechanisms by peaceful means. The training will last from 4 to 10 August and will be held in the rural area in the vicinity of the town of Tianeti.

This project was financed with the support of the European Commission. The content of the publication is the sole responsibility of the publisher and the European Commission is not liable for any use that may be made of the information.

This project was co-financed with the support of OKNO-PIAST Wołów sp. z o.o.

Georgian-Russian Dialogue, meeting of mid-career economists

On July 22-27 Caucasian House organized Georgian and Russian economists’ meeting in Tbilisi. The visit was conducted in the framework of the project “Georgin-Russian Dialogue for Peace and Cooperation”.

The meetings were held with following state institutions: Ministry of Economics and Sustainable development, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Finance, Department of Tourism and with PM special representative in relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze. Besides, the program included meetings with representatives of Universities and independent experts. The participants of the meetings were young Georgian and Russian economists from different organizations: High School of Economics of Russia, Russian Academy of Science, St. Petersburg University, Journal “Expert” (Ural edition), magazine “Vedomosti”, International School of Economics of Tbilisi State University, TV Maestro, program “Business contact” and Economic Policy Experts Centre. During the meetings, Georgian and Russian economists agreed on working on joint policy brief, that will be issued later.

Caucasian House is implementing the project since 2012 through the financial support of British government. The aim of the project is to contribute peaceful transformation of the Georgian-Russian conflict though the civil dialogue. Visit of two more groups of young Russian professionals to Tbilisi is planned within the project.

Help Nika Gabunia together with Caucasian House

Nika Gabunia is a 17-year-old boy living in the village of Vazisubani in Kakheti region. A few years ago, he was diagnosed with oncologic disease. As a result of a treatment, however, the remission of the disease was possible.

Despite Nika’s illness, he has to do heavy physical labor. His male family members, father and grandfather, are disabled. The only income of the family comes from Nika’s physical work.

 

Nika dreams to have the so-called “Chinese Tractor” (it is used for plough, harrowing, cargo shipping etc) that will make Nika’s and his family’s everyday life much easier.

 

At Caucasian House we would like to help Nika and his family. The market price of the tractor is about 5,000 (five thousand) US Dollars (including the income tax of 1,000 USD). “Caucasian House” has allocated 500 GEL from its recourses. We hope the remaining amount will be the contribution of kind people. The photos of purchase of the vehicle and delivering it to Nika’s family as well as financial documents will be uploaded on the web-site of Caucasian House.

 

BANK REQUSITES:

Receiver: N(N)LE “Centre for Cultural Relations – Caucasian House”

Bank : “Bank of Georgia”

Account Number:  GE67BG0000000830985800 GEL

GE95BG0000000197035200 USD, EUR

Should you have any questions, please, do not hesitate to contact the Administration of Caucasian House on the following number: +995 32 299 60 22.

Caucasian House organized an international conference on Ukraine and Eastern Partnership

On March 24, Caucasian House organized an international conference “Eastern Partnership and Conflicts in Light of    Crisis in Ukraine”.  The conference aimed to stimulate the discussions on following issues: Georgian-Russian Normalizations Process, the influence of ongoing events in Ukraine on Eastern Partnership Program and its impact on EU Integration Prospects of EaP member States.

Invited experts from EaP countries, Russian expert Sergey Markedonov, Program Director of Chathem House James Nixey, director of republican institute Ivlian Haindrava delivered the speeches on the abovementioned topics.  The conference was opened by the Executive Director of the Caucasian House Giorgi Kanashvili, British Ambassador to Georgia HE Alexandra Hall Hall and Director of Strategic Research Centre Irakli Menagharishvili.

The conference was attended by more than 60 people, including outstanding Georgian experts, officials, local and international journalists and representatives of diplomatic missions in Georgia.

The conference is implemented through the financial support of the Conflict Pool of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.