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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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.