Corridors is an initiative developed in 2016 at the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) in Regensburg (Germany), that aims to foster dialogue and cooperation between societies affected by protracted conflicts in the post-Soviet space and beyond. We develop and implement projects that enhance knowledge transfer and create new opportunities for direct people-to-people contact across the conflict divide. In a cross-regional framework, we strive to facilitate cooperation between academic and civil society stakeholders to revitalise dialogue between communities. Corridors aims to enhance awareness and understanding of the context and dynamics around protracted conflicts in specific regions and on an international level. Corridors is designed using a cross-thematic approach, combining cooperation in the field of higher education with dialogue activities in an innovative way.
November 2018, Corridors knowledge exchange at OSCE Network workshop in Vienna: Sebastian Relitz presented our concept, experience and practical outcomes during the two-day OSCE Network workshop "Cross-Regional Corridors of Dialogue: Developing a Complementing Track for Transforming Long-Standing Conflicts". During the workshop, various OSCE officials, international civil society stakeholders and academics discussed the recent experience and future opportunities of dialogue facilitation.
Oktober 2018, Corridors workshop on peace and conflict studies at the University in Suchum/i: During the intensive three-day workshop, the 13 very active students got lectures on the fundamentals of peace and conflict studies and training in the theoretical and practical tools of conflict analysis. The students exercised the knowledge and skills they gained, within case studies from different world regions and applied it to there own conflict setting.
August 2018, Corridors dialogue and project development workshop in Weingarten (Germany): The main aim of the four-day workshop was to develop new virtual and physical spaces for joint learning in the field of youth and education. The group of academics and civil society stakeholder from Chisinau, Tiraspol, Odessa, Kiev, Nalchik, Suchum/i and Tbilisi developed a project that will combine joint distance learning, capacity building, and direct people-to-people exchange in the field of peace and conflict studies.
The Corridors Proceedings is an online open-access and print publication that consists of the papers developed by the participants and facilitators of this year’s Corridors activities. The Corridors Proceedings Vol. I "Obstacles and Opportunities for Dialogue and Cooperation in Protracted Conflicts" (ISBN 978-3-945232-01-9 ) provides the reader with first-hand research from young scholars and established researchers and practitioners.
This publication presents the key results of our 2017 project “Dialogue through Cooperation” funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in the framework of the East-West dialogue. The booklet summarizes our recent activities, outlines the main conceptual framework and explains the overall objectives of Corridors. We thank the DAAD for their previous and ongoing support.